December 19, 2017 / 9:38 PM / a year ago

EU's Juncker says approves of Austria's pro-European coalition deal

European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker addresses a news conference during a European Union leaders summit in Brussels, Belgium, December 15, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker said on Tuesday he approved of Austria’s coalition agreement, saying he would judge the government of Christian Democrats and the far-right Freedom Party by its deeds.

“As is the case with all governments, we will assess the Austrian government by its deeds,” Juncker told a news conference in Brussels, after meeting with Austria’s new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

Juncker said he believed the coalition agreement showed Austria was on a pro-European path.

Reporting by Robert-Jan Bartunek; editing by Foo Yun Chee

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