What's going on in Europe

What's going on in Europe?

Typical opposition: The President of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, suggests, in the best of parliamentary sentiments, that the obligation to truth be abolished before the investigative committee, with the beautiful sentence ...

Typical opposition: The President of the National Council, Wolfgang Sobotka, suggests with the best of parliamentary sentiments that the obligation to truth be abolished before the investigative committee, with the beautiful sentence: “With us, every person who provides information has a tremendous concern about saying something wrong there because they are there is subject to a duty of truth. ”And what is the competition doing? She attacks the president. He wanted to legalize the lie that it was pathetic, one could expect a member of parliament to tell the truth, everything else was grotesque and so on and so forth, the whole litany, of course, all against you. At the same time, all the small minds who are now angry, only misjudge the warm-hearted in the presidential proposal. Because the President of the National Council only interchanges, in a harsh environment he is the only one who wants to take sensitive minds into consideration. For example, on Finance Minister Gernot Blümel, who had to explain to the committee 86 times in the previous year that he could not remember. What must the poor man have worried about not being able to contribute so much to the establishment of the truth. But that's just how it is in politics: some get excited, others get upset.

When certain media and certain politicians in the east of the republic speak of federalism at this time, it is only in a negative sense, a daily newspaper read: "The pandemic ...

When certain media and certain politicians in the east of the republic speak of federalism at this time, it is only in a negative way. A daily newspaper read: “The pandemic is striking again. It will not allow itself to be fought with an optimism of purpose. Not at all with federalism. ”Behind this lies the same appraisal with which the Vorarlberg model region has been viewed from the start, behind it stands the belief that thinking only makes sense in the center, but not in the periphery. An economist recently wrote that federal competition should be aimed for, especially at a time of great uncertainty, because decentralized experimentation brings different solutions from which one can learn. Acknowledging that the countries have taken on responsibility, but have fulfilled their tasks to a very different degree, that would be a task for the media and politicians mentioned. But why differentiate when it can be generalized? Wilhelm Busch says, “So a decision is that people have to learn something”, for some it never becomes something.

Vorarlberg will become a model region with opening steps as early as March 15, the rest of Austria will follow with a delay. The remarkable negative is the vehemence with which others ...

Vorarlberg will become a model region with opening steps as early as March 15, the rest of Austria will follow with a delay. The remarkably negative thing about it is the vehemence with which other provincial governors, freely following the motto 'one man's joy' is the other's envy ', opposed Vorarlberg's preferred treatment. Whereby Wilfried Haslauer from Salzburg, of all people, dared to say that he was against a patchwork carpet in Austria, that is, against regional solutions. One could accept that if the archives, the natural enemy of the politically flexible politician, did not contain innumerable documents in which the Salzburg citizen had previously formulated exactly the opposite. In 2019, to name just one example, Haslauer declared that only the federal government offers regions the chance of prospects. Now one does not match the other, the conclusion is clear: Salzburgers are federalists when it seems opportune to them, and then against regional leeway when they do not benefit their own federal state. “What do I care about my chatter from yesterday?” Adenauer once said and added that nothing prevented him from becoming wiser. In our case that means: Haslauer thinks a lot of the first part of the quote, but nothing of the second part.

In times of the pandemic, fear has become omnipresent in our society, and neuroscientists advise people, among other things, to differentiate between real and imagined fears ....

In times of the pandemic, fear has become omnipresent in our society, and neuroscientists advise people, among other things, to differentiate between real and imagined fears. But there is also Minister Schallenberg, who, on the occasion of the entry into force of the Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty, published a video in which the consequences of an atomic bomb attack on Vienna are simulated: detonation, Vienna history, the Viennese too. Schallenberg is quasi smoke and mirrors. But: the people don't approve of the thing. The minister, heavily criticized, justified himself by saying that they had only tried to “make an abstract threat tangible”. He succeeded, no question about it.
But before one tries now to explain to the minister that at the moment it is more politicians who are asked to take existing fears instead of stirring up new ones, one can take the ministerial bombshell idea with humor. In any case, video and ministers were diligently mocked in the social networks, one wrote that “the ÖVP doesn't like Vienna, it has sometimes conveyed it in a more subtle way”, another that, after studying the video, he was also against an atomic bomb Throw Vienna. So it did bring something ...

The federal government is looking for an advertising agency that should put its politics in the right light until the next election; As media reported, up to 30 million euros for the services of ...

The federal government is looking for an advertising agency that should put its politics in the right light until the next election; As the media reported, up to 30 million euros should flow for the services of creative agencies. Oppositionists from all over the country are now indignant that the government is also indulging in the most expensive PR budget of all time in the country's worst crisis. One of the even more polite contributions to the matter is: "The state currently needs every penny to cushion the consequences of the Corona crisis, but certainly no additional expenditure for self-praise from the government." We keep silent about the more impolite contributions, but notice one thing: Even that The most naive mind will not doubt that the federal government is planning the big self-adulation with this budget. After the crisis, the millions are used to explain to the Austrians how well the government got the country and people through the time of the pandemic, following Alfred Dorfer's old quote that "what is achieved is not what counts, what is told is enough". The former supreme judge Adamovich recently noted that “the innate whimsy of the Austrian” is currently being shown to a greater extent. But who's also surprised ...

Corona remains, as does the storm of phrases (© Mangold), for example with federal farmer Andrea Schwarzmann, who let the audience know in a broadcast that Corona was an opportunity because the ...

Corona remains, as does the storm of phrases (© Mangold), for example with federal farmer Andrea Schwarzmann, who in a broadcast let the audience know that Corona was an opportunity because the crisis makes it clear that "Austrians are looking for regional, honest offers from the for we long for typical family businesses ”. Clear. What do you care about the pandemic as long as regional food is on the menu. Only: Schwarzmann is not alone. The cynical phrase that we should see Corona as an opportunity can still be found everywhere, as the following nonsense, compiled from various media, illustrates: Corona is described as an opportunity for small villages, as an opportunity for sports digitization, church reform, completely Renewable energy supply, social cohesion, reinvention of consumption, including integration policy, as an opportunity for love, for local game, to rethink your life, to come to rest. If you read the small selection, you could almost come to the conclusion that it is good to have Corona. We are not now referring to people whom Corona is bringing to the edge of their existence. We quote Wilhelm Busch: Stupidity is also a natural talent.

The Greens were coalition partners of the ÖVP in Bregenz for 15 years, one day after the runoff election, Greens boss Schoch says: "By the way, we never made an election recommendation for Linhart." ...

The Greens were coalition partners of the ÖVP in Bregenz for 15 years, one day after the runoff election, Greens boss Schoch said: "By the way, we never made an election recommendation for Linhart."
Now, gratitude is really not a political category, it would be naive to assume that. Politics does not work that way, it must also be taken into account that the cards for cooperation in Bregenz will be completely redistributed. But if you publicly distance yourself from your former partner at the first opportunity after a decade and a half, then that says a lot about character. That is applied opportunism, that is adulation for the advanced. Schoch distances herself from her own political past in order to take on new positions for benefices and posts, she distances herself for obvious reasons. However, it is questionable whether the abrupt change at the green base will be appreciated and whether it will bring anything to Schoch himself: Neo-Mayor Ritsch has announced that he does not want to form a coalition, but rather strive for a game of free forces. Accordingly, he is looking for the best arguments and not the greatest opportunists for future politics in Bregenz.

Actor Nicholas Ofczarek wrote that he is not one of those who immediately have an opinion on everything. The Vorarlberg SPÖ is a significant step further: It has to be one and ...

Actor Nicholas Ofczarek wrote that he is not one of those who immediately have an opinion on everything. The Vorarlberg SPÖ is a significant step further: it immediately has two opinions on one and the same thing.
That needs a brief explanation: after all kinds of quarrels, the federal open youth work congress had been moved from Feldkirch to Dornbirn; Relocations do occur, which in itself is not unusual. It is only amusing what a red press man made of it: He first sent a statement in which the Dornbirn Reds expressly cheered the relocation, and two hours later a message in which Feldkirch's Reds were incredibly angry about the relocation. One man, two opinions, one party, two positions. The right hand does not know what the left is doing, even if both hands belong to a single person. That is a consequence. It is sometimes said that voters value clear positions in order to be able to orientate themselves politically, but the local Reds do not even concern themselves with such strategic nuances. Why also. Having just one opinion on something is, after all, terrifyingly one-sided.

In front of the barracks in Bregenz a poster with the slogan "Soldier, Profession mit Zukunft" hung for a long time. The poster has now disappeared. And everything that the Austrians ...

In front of the barracks in Bregenz a poster with the slogan "Soldier, Profession mit Zukunft" hung for a long time. The poster has now disappeared. And everything that was promised to Austrians in 2013 in a referendum on the future of compulsory military service has also disappeared. At that time it was said that the soldier himself was demotivated and that the armed forces were bled to death, everything would be much better; today the expression “standing army” has got a meaning of its own in view of the desolate vehicle fleet and the chronic underfunding.
In any case, a former colonel of the general staff was quoted these days as saying that the armed forces are currently not even able to fulfill half of the tasks set out in the constitution and the military law and that in many areas their operational capability is already below this limit. Whereby: There is still something going on. The retired colonel had advised politicians to admit to themselves: “We can't, we don't want to.” This roughly describes what Minister Tanner is currently doing. Incidentally, there is now a poster hanging near the Bregenz barracks that says: "Where there is light, there is hope." It's just hard to see it. It's quite dark there.

Burgenland also sees an opportunity in the crisis, said the Deputy Governor there, beaming with joy, and cheering that traffic and emissions are greatly reduced ...

Burgenland also sees an opportunity in the crisis, said the Deputy Governor of the state there, beaming with joy, and cheered that traffic and emissions had been greatly reduced. This is an area that has been working on for years, said the red. Commuting is annoying, driving a disadvantage, everyone can make their contribution: "The shutdown has shown what is possible." Ui. You feel reminded of the joke that circulated at the beginning of the pandemic and according to which no federal government has yet managed to implement its election promises so quickly: The turquoise would have closed the borders within a very short time, and the Greens shut down traffic.
Except that it was fun and not a manual. Somebody should have told the Burgenland woman that too. But if the media reduce the world to a single topic for weeks, there is only Corona in the news, then the weather and nothing else, then that can also have undesirable consequences. It can lead to the fact that the seventh dwarf from the left also thinks that they have to express themselves in order to be heard at all. The lady's name is Eisenkopf, by the way.