Austria – Q&A - Excerpts from the daily press briefing (18.12.17)

Q - What’s your response to the appointment of far-right ministers within the Austrian government, notably in the Foreign Ministry? Will that complicate efforts to relaunch the European project backed by President Macron?

A - The new government of the Federal Republic of Austria elected on October 15 and led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was sworn into office this morning by President Alexander Van der Bellen. France extends its congratulations to Sebastian Kurz.

The new chancellor has repeatedly affirmed his attachment to European values and to the European project which his government’s program will take up again.

It is very much in this spirit that we would like to initiate dialogue with his government, notably in the run-up to the Austrian presidency of the Council of the European Union in the second half of 2018.

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