Austria’s Interim Government of Technocrats Is Winning Praise Ahead of Elections

Austrian Interim Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein, center, arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, July 2, 2019 (AP photo by Olivier Matthys).
Austrian Interim Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein, center, arrives for an EU summit in Brussels, July 2, 2019 (AP photo by Olivier Matthys).

VIENNA—Armin Wolf is one of Austria’s most hardened political interviewers. For more than two decades, the journalist and television anchor has been interviewing the country’s top politicians, winning awards and admiration along the way. At once witty and hard-hitting, he has the image of someone who can’t be caught off guard. But in a recent TV interview, Austria’s new interior minister, who is part of an interim government appointed in June in the aftermath of the worst political crisis in the country since World War II, appeared to blindside the usually unflappable Wolf. Wolf had invited the minister, Wolfgang Peschorn, […]

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