December 16, 2017 / 3:56 PM / 5 months ago

Austria's conservative-far right government says will be reliable EU partner

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria’s newly formed conservative far-right coalition government said on Saturday it would be a reliable partner in a European Union it seeks to reform to return more power to national governments.

Head of the People's Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz (L) and head of the Freedom Party (FPOe) Heinz-Christian Strache address a news conference in Vienna, Austria, December 16, 2017. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

“We will contribute as an active and reliable partner to the further development of the EU, in the sense that the principle of subsidiarity should be the focus,” the parties said in their government program.

The program by the People’s Party (OVP) and the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPO), which has a partnership agreement with Russian President Vladimir Putin’s party, also listed relaxing relations between Russia and the West as one of their aims.

Reporting By Shadia Nasralla and Michael Shields. Editing by Jane Merriman

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