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Coalition pact: "Black-green was not yet a majority for us at that time," admits a former top man of the eco-party

2019-11-09T18:15:39.701Z

Already in 2003, the People's Party and the Greens negotiated a possible coalition government. How did the pact fail?



The delegations of the People's Party and the Greens are likely to be serious this week with coalition negotiations. For a long time all signs point to the fact that this would happen.

Even on election night, the superior winner Sebastian Kurz had the former black top man Wilhelm Molterer, an intimus of Wolfgang Schüssel, on the sidelines of the turquoise election ceremony to ask. There was some real news to discuss: nobody had seriously expected the mathematical possibility of a coalition of turquoise and green. Now this variant had become real. Turnover Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel remains therefore in the team these days Shortly but more than ever a popular man: How was that then, 2003, really, when the ÖVP led by him for the first time with the Greens, led by Alexander Van der Bellen, negotiating a government formation?

In both camps, the good advice of party friends of that time is now in demand. Werner Kogler enters the negotiations with a small starting advantage. The 57-year-old economist was not at the time in the top negotiating team, sitting in a subgroup on finance and budget. Alexander Van der Bellen also included him in his wish government team on the negotiating list: as State Secretary in the Ministry of Finance.

The starting position was similar to today. For almost two years, governing with the Blues was good despite breakdowns and cross shots. In 2002, Jörg Haider staged a rebellion of the blue base in Knittelfeld against the blue government team. A party split was in the air. Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel immediately called new elections. With 42 percent, he triumphed. The FPÖ crashed. A new edition with the uncertain cantonists in blue found increasingly opponents in the ÖVP. After a rather formal negotiation with the unloved Reds under Alfred Gusenbauer, a coalition premiere between black and green seemed close enough to touch.

From the ÖVP point of view, the Coalition Pact failed in 2003 primarily because the then green Strippenzieher Peter Pilz had come again and again with the message to the negotiating table: The present package is in the green bodies can not bring through - and this defeat he wanted "to do to the Sascha ".

Peter Pilz was initially only one of several players in the green negotiating team, but played a major role in the final. Alexander Van der Bellen faltered after an exhausting election campaign and permanent intra-party cross shots physically in the final stages of the negotiations and had more and more often pause. The experienced deputy of the Green Party leader in the parliamentary club, Madeleine Petrovic, was also short-term due to ill health. Eva Glawischnig had just been with the Ökos for three years and did not have enough standing to play a central role.

The negotiation took over, according to the consistent reports of several black eyewitnesses, more and more Peter Pilz. This came as no surprise from the point of view of the ÖVP: Pilz had successfully piloted Van der Bellen to the Greens, pushed through as federal spokesman and head of the club and thus possessed weight as his personal advisor. The green veteran also knew the complex inner life of the opposition party.

Even if it would fit perfectly into a Netflix plot: The image drawn by the black protagonists of that time, the green Beelzebub Peter Mushroom has willfully destroyed the black-green outfit of Wolfgang Schüssel and Alexander Van der Bellen in the final by obstruction, holds one Gegencheck did not stand.

Source: zeit

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