The NEOS have not yet determined how they will deal with the application, but are skeptical.
He would not currently be talking about new elections unduly, said NEOS mandatary Nikolaus Scherak in a press conference. Rather, the federal government is asked to start working. This is felt to be “mentally already on summer vacation”. Although new members of the government would be introduced again on Wednesday and the next announcements would probably be made, only then again little or nothing would be implemented.
According to Scherak, there are four things that should be given priority. He started with the inflation, which should be taken as an opportunity to actually abolish the “cold progression”. He does not believe the corresponding announcements by Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) and Finance Minister Magnus Brunner (ÖVP).
The government would also be required to free itself from its dependence on Russian gas. In Germany, this has now been reduced from 55 to 35 percent. In Austria it was 80 percent before the war and it is still there. According to Scherak, the shortage of workers also needs to be addressed urgently, as restaurateurs, for example, would even have to close their businesses because of it. His counter-recipe is a drastic reduction in non-wage labor costs. After all, politics must become cleaner and more transparent, which is what the implementation of the pending Freedom of Information Act would serve.
The turquoise-green government is not making any progress either with the currently urgent problems such as the massive impact of inflation or the pandemic, “which is far from over”, nor with future tasks such as care reform or energy change. Instead of solving the crises, they reinforce turquoise-green, emphasized Leichtfried. “We have the highest inflation in 41 years,” said the SPÖ vice club boss. A third of people have to limit themselves when buying groceries because of this.