Austrian coalition deal includes head scarf ban, preventive custody – media reports

 

Jan 2, 2020 – SWISSINFO.CH

Head of People’s Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz delivers a statement in Vienna, Austria January 2, 2020. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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VIENNA (Reuters) – A deal between Austria’s conservatives and Greens to form a governing coalition includes banning headscarves in school until the age of 14 and preventive custody for potentially dangerous immigrants, several Austrian media reported on Thursday.

The measures are part of what conservative leader Sebastian Kurz describes as his tough stance on illegal immigration and “political Islam”, aimed at appealing to his base but also to disillusioned former supporters of the far right, whose coalition with his party collapsed in May.

Kurz and Greens leader Werner Kogler said on Wednesday they have reached a deal that should make Kurz chancellor again and bring the Greens to power for the first time. They have said it includes strong measures on Kurz’s core issues and will “ecologise the tax system”.

The two parties were due to publish details of their agreement at 4 p.m. (1500 GMT) on Thursday. The parties have declined to provide details of their plan before then.

The deal includes raising the age until which girls are banned from wearing a headscarf in school to 14 from around 10, media including newspaper Die Presse and broadcaster ORF said.

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(Reporting by Francois Murphy; Editing by Frances Kerry)

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