Pittella: We are worried about the extreme-right drift in Austria. Sanctions cannot be excluded.

Date

18 Dec 2017

Sections

Central Europe
Justice & Home Affairs

Press release

Brussels, 18 December 2017

Speaking after the formation of a coalition government in Austria, where the far-right Freedom party will hold various key ministries, S&D Group President Gianni Pittella said:
 
"We are deeply concerned about the formation of an extreme right government in Austria. This could have very dangerous consequences, it is a leap in the dark that risks taking us back to the darkest times in our history. The S&D Group will keep a vigilant eye on every single act of the Austrian government that could jeopardize our European values and principles. Nothing can be predetermined but it must be clear that nothing is excluded either - even sanctions or infringement procedures if key EU values are threatened."

 

MEPs INVOLVED

PITTELLA Gianni

gianni.pittella@ep.europa.eu

+32 2 284 51 59

+33 3 88 17 51 59

http://www.giannipittella.eu/

 

S&D PRESS CONTACT

BERNAS, Jan

jan.bernas@ep.europa.eu

+33 3 88 16 43 69

+32 2 284 21 32