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Of of Call installed as the new president of Austria

Of of Call installed as the new president of Austria

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Former Green leader Alexander Van der Call (73) on Thursday installed as the new president of Austria. After the swearing-in he held in his aanvaardingsrede for the parliament in Vienna, an ardent plea for the European Union.

He spoke of a “peace project”, of which the conservation is worth all the efforts. Nationalism and “Kleinstaaterei” may not be the answer to the current crises and problems. The greatest danger lies according to him in “that we by simple answers, let yourself be seduced”.

Of of the Call is the first president of Austria, who does not come from the rows of the largest volkspartijen, the social democratic SPÖ or retains ÖVP. In december, he defeated his rival Norbert Höfer of the FPÖ, that critical state across the European Union and immigration rejects.

The installation was overshadowed by a crisis in the governing coalition of SPÖ and ÖVP. The new president exhorted the parties to constructive collaboration. “Politics must yield results,” he said.

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