He has often been considered the white blackbird of the European right. German conservatives often yearned for their Sebastian Kurz, a young Austrian who took over the Austrian Chancellery in 2017 at just 31 years old and who embodied a generational change in a political family torn between Christian democracy and right-wing populism. . Kurz, who drinks from the first, feels comfortable with the second: tough with migration, he agreed to his first government with the extreme right and, after an early call due to corruption problems in the Heinz-Christian Strache party, he revalidated the chancellery , this time in coalition with the Greens. It remains to be seen whether this time he manages to compose himself again or the political wear and tear from the shadow of corruption turns out to be too much.
Conservatives cornered in Eastern Europe after record low in Germany
But his rise to the skies of the European right has been cut short at a time when Angela Merkel leaves and her dolphin, Amin Laschet, has lost against the Social Democrat Olaf Scholz. Kurz, until this Saturday in which he presented his resignation punctuated by a case of corruption, had remained as the sole ruler of the popular Europeans from a country other than the Eastern EU, with the exception of Kyriakos Mitsotakis’s Greece.
Thus, if Laschet’s defeat has dealt a blow to conservatives with Christian Democratic roots, the fall of Kurz leaves the popular Without complexes to agree with the extreme right -like the PP of Pablo Casado- and with the heavy hand with the migrants without their main representative of the Government.
The lawyer Mischaël Modrikamen (Charleroi, 1962), Steve Bannon’s man in Europe when the former adviser to Donald Trump tried unsuccessfully to articulate a kind of International of the extreme right, once told elDiario.es: “In Austria we are close to the FPO [Partido de la Libertad], but the Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz [del PP gobierna gracias a la extrema derecha de FPO], it is not far from us. We do not close the doors, The Movement is an informal club, and those who want to enter are welcome. And in Spain Vox is the closest match. It’s about sharing values [una argumentación similar a la expresada por Casado], of education, western values. We must close borders and protect ourselves from conflict zones to prevent terrorists from entering. Married is not that far from our positions. ”
A few days before his resignation, Sebastian Kurz sent a message to Pablo Casado about the PP Convention. Kurz was announced, but in the end he only sent a video in which he took the opportunity to reiterate his anti-immigration speech.
Kurz’s departure from the Government, according to him, is until his innocence is proven in a corruption case in which the former Chancellor, nine of his collaborators and the ÖVP as a party, are accused of embezzlement and embezzlement of public money to commission and publish in 2016 polls rigged to put then-Conservative leader Reinhold Mitterlehner in a bad place.
At the moment, Kurz does not leave the leadership of the ruling party and will be the new parliamentary spokesman for the ÖVP, thus participating in the decisions of his successor, the hitherto Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg.
In 2017 he blew up the ÖVP coalition with the SPÖ social democratic party, and two years later he forced the ultra-rightist FPÖ to leave the government after another corruption scandal and he himself was overthrown by a vote of no confidence, Efe recalls.
When Kurz accused the south of “broken systems”
The summit of EU leaders to agree on recovery funds, in July 2020, left the indictment of then Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz for history. Austria, together with the Netherlands, Denmark and Sweden, plus the complicity of Finland, made up the club of the self-described frugal. In other words, rich northern countries that resisted a global aid plan for the European Union, sowing doubts about the good governance of the southern countries.
Kurz threw this dart to the southern countries: “The relevant question will not be in a few years if it took a week or so to reach an agreement. The relevant question will be: Has the money really gone where we wanted? It is about what the money is used for. And if the money is not used to invest in the future, if it does not go hand in hand with the necessary reforms in countries that are simply broken in their systems or at least have major problems, then it will go away. That is what matters. And we should focus on that. ”
But Kurz is not the only self-described frugal who is in low hours. The Dutch Wopke Hoekstra is dotted with the Pandora Papers. Hoekstra is the leader of the CDA, the sister party of the PP in Holland, and will host the next congress of the popular Europeans in Rotterdam (17 and 18 November).
He is also the Finance Minister of the Netherlands who at the beginning of the pandemic asked the European Commission for an investigation into the fiscal situation of the southern countries in the discussions on the European response to COVID-19. Portuguese Prime Minister António Costa called the Dutch attitude “disgusting” and did not hide his irritation at Hoekstra’s “repulsive”, “nonsensical” and “totally unacceptable” statements regarding the coronavirus crisis. “That recurring pettiness threatens the future of the EU,” Costa said. Hoekstra, at Ecofin, asked the Commission to “investigate” why some Member States did not have fiscal space to face the coronavirus crisis.