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Austrian chancellor to remain in government coalition despite his minister's controversial EU vote

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Austrian chancellor to remain in government coalition despite his minister's controversial EU vote
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Austrian chancellor to remain in government coalition despite his minister's controversial EU vote

2024-06-18 01:08 Last Updated At:01:10

BERLIN (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said his conservative Austrian People's Party would remain in the current government coalition with its Green party junior partner — even though the Green's environment minister voted on Monday for the so-called Nature Restoration plan, which Nehammer has opposed.

Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler's vote in a European Union ballot earlier on Monday came after months of domestic political debate and infuriated the senior partner in the coalition government ahead of a national election set for Sept. 29.

Before Nehammer's statement, speculation had been growing in Austria about whether he would break up the coalition government.

“The emotion would be there” for an end to the coalition, but Nehammer told journalists it was his "responsibility, as federal chancellor, to ensure an orderly path” until the parliamentary elections, Austrian public broadcaster ORF reported.

“I won't do it,” he added.

After her vote, Gewesseler wrote on X that “my conscience tells me unmistakably (that) when the healthy and happy life of future generations is at stake, courageous decisions are needed.”

Earlier, the chancellery said Nehammer informed the Belgian EU presidency that a vote in favor of the plan by Gewessler would be unlawful, the Austria Press Agency reported. Nehammer’s office later said Austria plans to file a suit at the European Court of Justice to nullify the vote.

His party also announced that it would press criminal charges against Gewessler for alleged abuse of office.

The Nature Restoration plan is part of the EU’s European Green Deal that seeks to establish the world’s most ambitious climate and biodiversity targets and make the bloc the global point of reference on all climate issues.

In the buildup to the EU elections that saw a shift to the right earlier this month, European farmers complained about the many environmental laws governing the way they work, arguing that the rules were harming their livelihoods and strangling them with red tape.

Nehammer himself is under pressure in Austria after a narrow win by the far-right Freedom Party over the chancellor's conservative Austrian People’s Party in the European Parliament election last week that saw hard-right parties achieving major gains across the 27-nation bloc.

Following his party’s defeat in the European election, Nehammer acknowledged there is “great dissatisfaction,” APA reported. He also vowed his party would convince voters of how seriously it took their concerns over the coming months confronting issues of migration and overregulation.

FILE - The Chancellor of Austria, Karl Nehammer speaks at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, at Federal Chancellery Ballhausplatz in Vienna, during a visit to Austria, Tuesday May 21, 2024. Nehammer said Monday, June 17, 2024, that his conservative Austrian People's Party would continue the current government coalition with its Green party junior partner even though his environment minister voted in a European Union vote in favor of the the so-called Nature Restoration plan that Nehammer's has opposed. (Jordan Pettitt/pool photo via AP, File)

FILE - The Chancellor of Austria, Karl Nehammer speaks at a joint press conference with Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, at Federal Chancellery Ballhausplatz in Vienna, during a visit to Austria, Tuesday May 21, 2024. Nehammer said Monday, June 17, 2024, that his conservative Austrian People's Party would continue the current government coalition with its Green party junior partner even though his environment minister voted in a European Union vote in favor of the the so-called Nature Restoration plan that Nehammer's has opposed. (Jordan Pettitt/pool photo via AP, File)

ANAHEIM, Calif. (AP) — Jo Adell drove in an early run and had two hits, and José Soriano pitched six resourceful innings in the Los Angeles Angels' 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Saturday night.

Four Angels pitchers held Seattle scoreless for the final eight innings, with Carlos Estévez pitching the ninth for his 17th save. Los Angeles has limited the first-place Mariners to one earned run in the last 16 innings of this series, with the Angels winning both games.

“Pitching, defense, timely hitting,” Angels manager Ron Washington said. “That's what it was. We played a solid ballgame.”

Soriano (5-7) gave up just one run despite allowing five hits and four walks and hitting two batters with wildly off-the-mark pitches. In his third start since returning from a back injury, he struck out five and ended Mariners rallies in three of the first five innings by retiring Luke Raley three times, stranding eight runners in the process.

“I was attacking the zone,” Soriano said through an interpreter. “I was commanding pitches. I had a little bit of turbulence, but I passed through it.”

Julio Rodríguez had an RBI single in the first inning for the Mariners, who have lost two straight after winning the first three games of their Southern California road trip.

George Kirby (7-7) yielded just three hits and one earned run over six innings for Seattle, striking out seven.

“They threw some really good pitching at us tonight,” Mariners manager Scott Servais said. “It came down to (the fact) we made an error in the middle of the field, which we typically don't do, and we just weren't able to overcome it. We had some chances against Soriano, but we needed to come up with a big hit, and we didn't do that tonight. Uncharacteristic play for us.”

Seattle led after three batters. J.P. Crawford drew an 11-pitch leadoff walk and scored on singles by Cal Raleigh and Rodríguez. Raley grounded into a double play with two on to end the first.

Los Angeles went ahead 2-1 in the second inning when Mickey Moniak singled, stole second and scored on a long single by Adell. Zach Neto then ran home when Raley's throw from right field rolled to the Angels' dugout. Raley was charged with a throwing error.

Raley also struck out with the bases loaded in the third, and grounded out with the bases loaded in the fifth.

Ben Joyce threw a 103.4-mph fastball during his 11th straight scoreless outing for the Angels. The reliever gave up a leadoff double in the seventh before striking out Crawford, Raleigh and Rodríguez on 12 combined pitches with his combination of heat, an improving slider and an 86-mph changeup.

“I feel like every time I've just been getting more comfortable, and you're seeing the results,” Joyce said.

TRAINER'S ROOM

Mariners: LHP Gabe Speier performed well in his bullpen session Friday, manager Scott Servais said. Seattle is hoping Speier can return after the All-Star break.

Angels: RHP Andrew Wantz had season-ending elbow surgery, the team announced Saturday. He made one major league appearance this season.

UP NEXT

Seattle's Logan Gilbert (6-5, 3.59 ERA) makes the start that will force him to miss his first All-Star Game. The Angels hadn't yet announced who will start a bullpen game.

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Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez, left, hits an RBI single as Los Angeles Angels catcher Logan O'Hoppe watches during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seattle Mariners' Julio Rodriguez, left, hits an RBI single as Los Angeles Angels catcher Logan O'Hoppe watches during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Carlos Estevez celebrates after striking out Seattle Mariners' Victor Robles to end their baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Carlos Estevez celebrates after striking out Seattle Mariners' Victor Robles to end their baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. The Angels won 2-1. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zach Neto, right, can't handle a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Mitch Garver as center fielder Mickey Moniak watches during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. Garver was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels shortstop Zach Neto, right, can't handle a ball hit by Seattle Mariners' Mitch Garver as center fielder Mickey Moniak watches during the first inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. Garver was safe at first on the play. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seattle Mariners' Victor Robles gets back back to first after J.P. Crawford lined out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seattle Mariners' Victor Robles gets back back to first after J.P. Crawford lined out during the fifth inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Collin Snider, left, makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Nolan Schanuel as first baseman Ty France watches during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seattle Mariners relief pitcher Collin Snider, left, makes a catch on a ball hit by Los Angeles Angels' Nolan Schanuel as first baseman Ty France watches during the eighth inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Carlos Estevez throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels relief pitcher Carlos Estevez throws to the plate during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Keston Hiura, left, gets set to tag out Seattle Mariners' Josh Rojas as Rojas attempts to steal second during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Keston Hiura, left, gets set to tag out Seattle Mariners' Josh Rojas as Rojas attempts to steal second during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Seattle Mariners starting pitcher George Kirby throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels' Zach Neto, left, covers his head as he scores on a throwing error while Seattle Mariners designated hitter Mitch Garver, center, stands by during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels' Zach Neto, left, covers his head as he scores on a throwing error while Seattle Mariners designated hitter Mitch Garver, center, stands by during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Keston Hiura, center, falls over Seattle Mariners' Josh Rojas aafter tagging him out as he tried to steal second during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels second baseman Keston Hiura, center, falls over Seattle Mariners' Josh Rojas aafter tagging him out as he tried to steal second during the second inning of a baseball game Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Soriano throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jose Soriano throws to the plate during the first inning of a baseball game against the Seattle Mariners Saturday, July 13, 2024, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

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