Green parties' success throws doubt over current government structure
The success of the Green parties in last week’s parliamentary elections is causing a major rethink on how the government should work.
The Greens say they should be represented on the Federal Council – but under the current formula, another party would have to give up its seat.
The so called ‘magic formula’ is supposed to provide the solution on which parties sit around the top table, but there is no agreement on how exactly that should work.
One idea is to increase the size of the Federal Council from the current 7 members to 9. But that will mean a referendum and unlikely to happen soon.
Either way, parliament will have to vote in the government in December. No current member looks set to resign – so spin doctors and lobbyists will be busy over the next few weeks.