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EU divide: Austria furious at bloc for ‘euro crisis, debt crisis and Brexit chaos’

Austria’s Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, raged at the EU for its handling of a number of crises as he demanded reforms to the very foundations of the bloc. Mr Kurz, a conservative politician, has rarely been hesitant to challenge Brussels on a variety of policies. This came to a head in May 2019, when he called on the EU to make reforms to the Lisbon Treaty to punish countries for economic failings and also neglecting to observe the rule of law. The Lisbon Treaty forms the constitutional basis of the EU, but Chancellor Kurz believes it is no longer fit for purpose.

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