Ingrid Korosec, the president of the ÖVP senior citizens’ union, spoke on Friday at a round table that actually revolved around the compulsory vaccination, primarily about the outgoing ÖVP boss Sebastian Kurz. She is personally very sorry about the departure, she said. “I worked with Sebastian Kurz not only for the ten years when he was in top politics, so to speak, but also for the ten years before, because he joined the ÖVP at the age of 16 and I always accompanied him a little,” said she.
His decision to leave politics must be respected. She “as mother and grandmother” could understand the motives, she said, referring to the birth of Konstantin, the son of Sebastian Kurz. Nevertheless, the 81-year-old regrets the departure of the “great talent”. She is convinced: “There aren’t that many talents.” Nevertheless: The decision is to be accepted.
Sebastian Kurz resigned “at the right time”, emphasized former ÖVP top politician Maria Rauch-Kallat on ORF. She too regretted the withdrawal. The ex-ÖVP boss was probably political enough to know that his party “would not be able to withstand the investigations against him in the long run”. The former health and women’s minister emphasized the achievements of the outgoing top politician. Kurz has achieved a great deal in the past ten years, starting with his time as Secretary of State for Integration. Rauch-Kallat mentioned the increase in low pensions, the amalgamation of social security – “I know what that means,” said the ex-health minister – as well as Austria’s high reputation abroad, the resistance to the debt union and the closing of the Balkan route.
“These are all topics that should not be forgotten and that many people have recognized,” emphasized Maria Rauch-Kallat. “Kurz has won elections for the ÖVP twice, and won impressively. Nine state elections were struck, all of which were won. ” Kurz would have also introduced many changes “which have done the ÖVP very well”. A “generation change” has really succeeded, with very young and very competent ministers. “Ultimately, he changed the party, and I hope these changes will remain in the party.”
Rauch-Kallat was deeply moved by the ex-Chancellor’s resignation speech, which was “impressive and emotional”. “Somebody has to imitate him.”