Austria weekly update: Kurz's PR nightmare

Coronavirus


As part of the gradual reinstatement of the Schengen zone, border crossings to Hungary, Slovakia and the Czech Republic will partially reopen at midnight on Sunday. Customs checks will be carried out on a sample basis.


Politics


Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s visit to the municipality of Kleinwalsertal (Vorarlberg) turned into a massive PR scandal for the ÖVP. Party supporters and bystanders gathereden masse, violating social-distancing measures.


Ulrike Lunacek (Greens) has resigned from her position as State Secretary for Arts and Culture. Her decision comes after criticism over insufficient levels of funds allocated to the cultural industry during the emergency. The resignation points to a bigger crisis between the Green Party and its work with the ÖVP, its right-wing coalition partner.


Entertainment


Singer Josh will represent Austria at theFree ESC, a TV show replacing this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. Listen to his most famous hit Cordula Grün here.

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