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Question: Who would you vote for in the Austrian Presidential Election ?
Heinz Fischer (Incumbent-SP/IND)   -41 (56.9%)
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« Reply #900 on: June 24, 2012, 10:26:17 am »
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New Market poll:



28% SP
27% FP
23% VP
14% Greens
  5% BZ
  3% Others
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« Reply #901 on: June 29, 2012, 05:38:11 am »
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New ATV/Peter Hajek Public Opinion Strategies poll:

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« Reply #902 on: June 30, 2012, 05:17:53 am »
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2 more polls today:

Karmasin Motivforschung for "Profil"

29% SP
24% FP
23% VP
13% Greens
  4% BZ
  7% Others

Chancellor vote:

23% Faymann (SP)
15% Spindelegger (VP)
11% Strache (FP)
  7% Glawischnig (Greens)

http://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20120630_OTS0004/profil-umfrage-volkspartei-faellt-wieder-auf-platz-drei

Gallup for "24"

28% SP
24% FP
23% VP
12% Greens
  7% Pirates
  3% BZ
  3% Others

Chancellor vote:

24% Faymann (SP)
17% Spindelegger (VP)
16% Strache (FP)

http://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20120630_OTS0023/oesterreich-fpoe-wieder-platz-2-spoe-klar-vorn
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« Reply #903 on: June 30, 2012, 05:28:32 am »
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The ATV poll that I posted above also mentioned that currently only 6 in 10 Austrians were willing to declare support for a party in their poll.

The rest either said they were undecided, that they would vote invalid or not at all.

This is the lowest score ATV has ever measured in their polls. Could mean that turnout next year might drop quite a bit from the high 79% in the 2008 elections. But there's still 1 year to go and there are currently several corruption/lobbying scandals that are dealt with in parliamentary investigation committees that primarily involve former figures of the VP/BZ/FP (former Schssel government). As you can see in the latest polls, the VP, FP and BZ have all seen better polling days before ...

SP and Greens are unable to gain though.

The only "party" or better said group that's gaining ground are the Pirates.

Alltogether, 7-10% of Austrians would currently vote for other parties than those in parliament, a new record.
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« Reply #904 on: July 03, 2012, 01:12:12 pm »
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It's official now: Austria will get a new center-right, pro-business party this year.

Frank Stronach, the Austrian-Canadian billionaire will sponsor it and he's currently looking for a front-runner in the 2013 elections here. Also, the name of the new party should be out by August and a party platform later. Currently, Stronach is in talks with former Magna manager Siegfried Wolf to lead the party in the 2013 elections.

It's primarily business-oriented (which will take away votes from BZ and VP) and also euro-sceptic (taking votes away from the FP).

Stronach's focus is on removing bureaucratic barriers in Austria, introducing a flat tax, introducing a constitutional deficit and debt brake and opposing the ESM.

http://www.news.at/articles/1227/8/333300/sronach-wirtschaftspartei
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« Reply #905 on: July 03, 2012, 01:20:29 pm »
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This is what we stand for

Austria needs to adopt a number of political and economic measures that will improve the countrys standard of living.

We need to stop digging ourselves deeper and deeper into debt and we need to start paying back the money we owe. We also need to introduce measures that prevent politicians from mortgaging the future by borrowing more and more money to finance government spending.

We need a simpler and fairer tax system, a flat tax without loopholes or privileges that every citizen can understand. And we need to stop rewarding companies that invest outside the country, and instead grant tax exemptions to companies that invest their profits and create jobs in Austria.

We need to reduce the so called great divide between the wealthy and the working class. One of the best ways to do this is to provide incentives for companies that share profits with their employees.

We need to reduce the size of government bureaucracy. We are over-governed, over-regulated and over-bureaucratized.

Austria should continue to be a staunch supporter of a strong Europe. And it should support the free movement of persons, goods and capital within Europe. But Austria must manage its own political future and regain control of its own economic destiny.

And finally, the citizens of Austria need to have greater involvement in the political system. We must find new and innovative solutions outside the realm of traditional party politics.
Reforming government more democracy and less party politics

Government is the management team of a country, and that management team is made up of politicians. Although most politicians mean well and want to serve the country, the primary mandate of a politician is to be elected or re-elected. So the dilemma we face is that government decisions are driven primarily by political rather than economic reasoning.

This is especially the case in Austria. Austrias political system is pseudo-democratic and has become rife with cronyism. It is in dire need of reform. One of its chief problems is the lack of citizen involvement. Politicians who stand for election are chosen from among members on a party list, and various special interest groups ranging from big business and unions to large professional chambers influence who gets chosen to be on these party lists. Through this process, the political status quo is maintained from election to election.

The political system in Austria needs more democracy and greater competition so that the best politicians can come forward. For example, party leaders should be democratically elected by the members of the party. Similarly, every member of the National Council should be elected by the citizens living in that members electoral district.

Austria needs to urgently find solutions to a number of political issues in the areas of education, health, immigration and the environment. Political parties have shown themselves to be incapable of finding solutions to these issues, which is another reason why the country needs greater citizen involvement.

The Frank Stronach Institute advocates the creation of a new Chamber of Citizen Representatives as a way to create greater citizen involvement in the political system and to bring forward fresh ideas and solutions to the problems confronting the country. These new Citizen Representatives would be much more inclined to place the countrys socio-economic welfare and long-term national interests ahead of political considerations or partisan views since they would not be beholden to any political party.

Citizen Representatives would be selected using the same process as another time-honoured democratic tradition the jury system. A computer could randomly select a list of candidates for the position of Citizen Representative in each electoral district across the country.

The addition of Citizen Representatives would make government much more democratic, effective and accountable. In addition, Citizen Representatives would bring a much more pragmatic approach to managing the affairs of the country, and  would be much more inclined to place the long-term economic interests of the country ahead of short-term partisan interests.   
Reducing debt to reignite economic growth

Every household knows that it cannot spend more than it earns, otherwise its occupants will soon become dependent on welfare. Every farmer knows that he cannot spend more than he earns, otherwise he will eventually lose his farm. And every business person knows that if your business spends more money than it brings in, the company will go bankrupt.

But when it comes to politicians, the dangerous consequences of debt are often ignored. When countries sink deeper and deeper into debt, it is usually the fault of poorly managed governments and reckless politicians looking for quick fixes, easy solutions and votes. In other words, politicians often end up placing short-term political gains ahead of the long-term economic well-being of the nation.

Austria has accumulated a massive national debt. The real ratio of national debt to GDP in Austria is approaching 100% and the country must pay approximately 10 billion Euros annually just to cover the interest on the debt owed, an amount that is higher than the combined annual budget for education, art and culture. If the country doesnt take action to stop the build-up of debt, the interest on that mountain of debt will continue to grow. And, as the world has recently witnessed in the case of Greece, a large and out-of-control public debt can have drastic consequences for the entire country.

Citizens need to push for binding changes that will tie the hands of free-spending politicians so that governments cannot spend more money than they generate through taxes. Several countries have already done this. Germany established a so-called debt brake in its national constitution in 2009. The debt brake legislation requires the government to deliver a balanced budget over the course of several years (similar to a regular business cycle). If the country is forced to borrow money during a recession, it must return to a balanced budget during an economic upturn.

Switzerland also entrenched a debt brake provision in its national constitution in 2003 following a citizen referendum. The Swiss government estimates that the countrys national debt rate will decline to just 34% of the GDP in 2014 from 60% in 2004 when the debt brake was first established. In addition, most of the states in the US are bound by their constitutions to have a balanced budget. But these constitutional provisions are only effective if there are sanctions or penalties attached that hold politicians accountable for their actions.

Politicians need to stop making reckless spending promises in an attempt to win votes. But at the same time, it is also the responsibility of voters to reject spending promises made by politicians that are not in the long-term interests of the country. There is no escaping from the consequences of debt: in the final analysis, we are destroying our childrens and grandchildrens futures, and we will all have to pay off the debt in the form of higher taxes and cuts to social programs. It is high time that we faced up to our debt obligations and forced our political leaders to stop spending more than they take in.

Freed from the burden of debt, countries would have room to lower taxes and become more competitive in the global marketplace, creating greater growth, more employment and a higher standard of living for all citizens.
Creating prosperity giving employees a share of the profits

The main reason why people get up in the morning is that they want to create a better life for themselves and their families. People want to become prosperous.

But to attain prosperity, you must generate wealth, and wealth is created by three driving forces: good management, hard-working employees, and investors. All three of these stakeholders have a moral right to the financial outcome.

From my experience, sharing profits with employees is a proven and powerful formula for growth. When workers have a tangible stake in the companys financial success, they are more motivated to produce a better product for a better price, and the company becomes more competitive. Its the formula we enshrined in the Corporate Constitution of the company I founded, Magna International Inc., and its the reason why that company has grown into a world leader in the automotive industry with close to 110,000 employees working at over 370 manufacturing and R&D centres around the world. The Constitution ensures that everyone has a financial stake in the profitability of the company, while also striking a balance between the interests of management, shareholders and workers.

Balance is a vital element for any society. One of the main problems in our society today is that there is a growing gap between the wealthy and the average working person. That gap must be reduced. We need to create frameworks and tax incentives that will encourage companies to give employees a share of the profits. If everyone is in the same boat management and employees then everyone will work together to improve the products and services their company provides. In short, the company will become more competitive, producing better products, winning new customers and generating greater profit.

It has become popular nowadays to talk about how we can distribute wealth. But it is far more important to focus on how we can create wealth. Without wealth creation, there is nothing to distribute. And the best way to create enhanced prosperity and productivity is by sharing the financial success of a company with each of its key stakeholders.
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Reducing taxes generating growth via a simple and fair tax system

Economic growth means a greater number of jobs. And if more people are working, we would generate more tax revenue while at the same time reduce government spending related to social costs such as unemployment and welfare.

In the final analysis, it is the tax system, more so than any other economic lever that has the greatest bearing on the creation of wealth and jobs. We need a streamlined tax system, one that is clearly understood by every citizen. A flat tax system would be straightforward and clear-cut, with no loopholes, no privileges , and could be applied to all personal income, as well as all corporate and capital income (dividends and interest income).  The flat tax rate would be between 20 and 40 percent; the optimal percentage would be found over the course of time.

The current tax system is overly-complicated, too vague and too difficult to understand. It has become a drag on economic growth, and requires businesses and individuals to spend more and more time complying with tax filings time that ultimately increases the final cost of the product or service provided by the business.

However a simple, flat-rate tax system would unshackle individuals and businesses from the enormous waste of time and energy spent complying with tax filings or preparing for audits. More importantly, it would stimulate the creation of jobs, reduce bureaucracy and spark economic growth.

If a company invests its profits outside Austria it should pay tax on those profits. But businesses that invest their profits in Austria should be exempt from paying any tax whatsoever a reward for investing in our country and creating jobs. Furthermore, we should eliminate complicated amortization rules. The costs associated with the purchase of equipment should be accounted for in the year in which the purchase is made.

At the same time, we should keep and perhaps even expand the consumption tax on the purchase of goods and services.This tax would ensure that wealthier individuals contribute more taxes via their spending on higher-priced and luxury items.

Under a flat tax system, we would need far fewer tax consultants and financial experts. Naturally, some professional groups, driven by their own financial self-interest, would be very reluctant to embrace a simplified tax. But the truth is, we have drifted away from a real economy, one in which we manufacture products, to a predominantly financial economy based on financial engineering and manipulation. We have become less and less pre-occupied with creating real wealth, and more and more engaged in the process of transferring and redistributing the declining wealth that we do generate.

Today, more than ever before, we need to create a tax system that is transparent, simpler and more geared toward the creation of wealth. If we developed such a system, we would create greater prosperity and increased employment.
Reducing bureaucracy and increasing competitiveness

Austria is administered by 183 members of the National Assembly, 63 members of the Upper House of the Austrian Parliament, as well as 14 ministers and 4 undersecretaries. In addition, the country has 1 President, 9 heads of provincial government, 84 district leaders and 2,357 mayors.

On top that, Austria has 22 social insurance agencies and another central association in the health system, with each agency run by a chair and a host of other directors and officials.

The country also has three big chambers: the Chamber of Labour, the Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber of Agriculture. These three chambers are umbrella organizations for the nine provincial chambers for commerce, labour and agriculture. In addition, there are numerous other chambers, including the Medical Association, the Bar Association, the Chamber of Notaries, the Chamber of Public Accountants, the Chamber of Pharmacists, the Chamber of Architects, and so on. And each of these Chambers has a president, a vice-president and a large number of directors and officials. All of these various government agencies and departments are housed in luxurious office buildings and the senior bureaucrats and politicians who administer them often have large expense accounts as well as chauffeur-driven limousines.

Ive often said that if you run a factory, it doesnt matter how productive the people on the factory floor are if there is too much administration up top. The business will simply not be competitive. The same holds true for a country.

But in a civilized society, no one sector or group should be made the scapegoat for our problems. Its not the fault of government employees that our bureaucracy has gotten bloated. All of us, to a certain extent, are to blame because we as a society have repeatedly turned to government as the chief source to solve all of our social and economic problems and fulfill all of our needs, forgetting in the process that government cannot give you anything unless it takes it from you first.

The plain fact is, Austria is over-governed, over-bureaucratized and over-administered. The administration does not create economic wealth but instead consumes vast amounts of tax money. The most important task of a country is to provide security. In addition, no individual should be hungry, homeless or without health care in a civilized society. Meeting these minimum standards is the key task of any country, and the government should fulfill these tasks as efficiently as possible.

We need fewer laws, simpler laws and less administration. There is a lot of government fat that can be cut out and a lot of waste that can be stopped. If we reduced the size of government burearcacy, there would be fewer people working on rules and regulations that hamper business productivity, and more employees contributing value-added activities in the private sector.

Whether its business or government, the key watchword in todays world is efficiency, efficiency, efficiency. Those businesses and governments that understand this will prosper. Those that do not are doomed to fall behind.
Europe needs competition instead of egalitarianism

The most significant economic problems facing many European countries today can be traced back to the establishment of monetary union and the creation of the Euro. Many of the economically weaker countries within the European Union (EU) took advantage of the inexpensive money that the EU made available to them. Most of that money has been spent propping up an artificially high standard of living, one that has been borrowed rather than earned.

Greece is a prime example. Greece is the cradle of Western civilization and the birthplace of democracy, and the Greeks were independent for thousands of years. But in the 21st century, the country decided to join the European Union, which offered easy access to inexpensive money and other inducements that have driven Greece into national bankruptcy. Now the European Union is force-feeding Greece more stimulus money combined with a package of austerity measures that include cuts to social spending. Its no wonder that the people of Greece are in revolt. Greece should be allowed to go its own way. Its clear that you help a neighbour when he is in trouble. But it isnt right that countries with sound economies and sound fiscal policies should have to subsidize countries that have been grossly financially mismanaged. When that happens, then everybody loses.

During the previous century, the primary concern of the European people following two devastating world wars was to establish a lasting peace. Over the course of time they agreed to work closer together economically to establish a stronger Europe. The European Community safeguarded free passenger traffic, free transportation of goods and the free movement of capital. As a result, the economy prospered for a long period of time. The engine of this economic miracle was the unfettered competition that was allowed to exist in all areas between the countries that were members of the European Community.

But then the countries of Europe made a critical mistake: instead of only concentrating on economic co-operation, they sought to bring about a political union. The foundation of the European Union, with its massive administrative machinery, has not contributed to further economic growth. On the contrary, it has created an enormous bureaucracy that has hampered economic progress. And in its zealous pursuit of harmonization, the EU has dragged Europes countries down to the lowest common denominator. It would have been easy for the various countries of Europe to implement the desire for peace and prosperity without forcing their people into an overly-centralized political system with a vast and intrusive bureaucracy.

It appears that the objective of the ruling class in Europe today is to build a federal state that is centrally governed, and within this super state, the rights and powers of the various countries that comprise Europe will either be eliminated or made subservient to the central power of the EU bureaucracy. Thats why its vital that the countries of Europe politically disentangle themselves from the EU and return to sound economic policies and principles.
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« Reply #907 on: July 03, 2012, 03:17:17 pm »
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That "Chamber of Citizen Representatives" might be the worst idea ever.
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« Reply #908 on: July 03, 2012, 11:47:00 pm »
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That "Chamber of Citizen Representatives" might be the worst idea ever.

Most of his ideas are and follow a neo-liberal agenda that eventually will only empower companies and managers and try to destroy unions and the middle class. Basically a new VP, just that the VP favors the ESM, while Stronach does not.

Still, I think he could get 5-15% next year.

Besides, Stronach had a really bizarre TV "interview" yesterday on the ORF, which was actually not an interview. The journalist had absolutely no chance to ask him a question, because Stronach immediately started a 10 minute long monologue, criticizing the ESM, how our politicians from SPVP and Greens are traitors and how Brussels gets too much power. Every time the ORF journalist wanted to ask him a question, he just said: "Let me finish my talk !" And then he left the room at the end of the interview.

http://tvthek.orf.at/programs/1211-ZIB-2/episodes/4274931-ZIB-2/4274937-Frank-Stronach-gegen-ESM

http://tvthek.orf.at/programs/1211-ZIB-2/episodes/4274931-ZIB-2/4274939-Studiogast--Frank-Stronach
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« Reply #909 on: July 04, 2012, 12:09:10 am »
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Hopefully, his political career turns out as the one of his daughter...
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« Reply #910 on: July 04, 2012, 12:17:01 am »
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Hopefully, his political career turns out as the one of his daughter...

He's not running for office himself though. He's only providing the money and giving interviews.

Like Mitt Romney, he lets other people do the "real" jobs.
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Hopefully, his political career turns out as the one of his daughter...

He's not running for office himself though. He's only providing the money and giving interviews.

Like Mitt Romney, he lets other people do the "real" jobs.

Well, we know who is leading the party in fact...
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« Reply #912 on: July 04, 2012, 12:19:36 am »
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Hopefully, his political career turns out as the one of his daughter...

He's not running for office himself though. He's only providing the money and giving interviews.

Like Mitt Romney, he lets other people do the "real" jobs.

Well, we know who is leading the party in fact...

Even though he's already 80, so it's probably OK that he let other people do the job ... Wink
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« Reply #913 on: July 07, 2012, 04:28:06 am »
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New Gallup poll for 24, now including the Stronach party:

28% SP
23% FP
22% VP
12% Greens
  5% Pirates
  4% Stronach Party
  3% BZ
  3% Others

http://www.oe24.at/oesterreich/politik/Stronach-Partei-kaeme-auf-vier-Prozent/71514172
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« Reply #914 on: July 08, 2012, 11:14:57 am »
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stornach party would belong to ECR group ?
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« Reply #915 on: July 08, 2012, 11:20:52 am »
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stornach party would belong to ECR group ?

This group needs to form first and then enter the Austrian Parliament. These are the most important things for them at the moment. If they succeed with that, they can think about running for the EU Parliament (but I'll doubt Stronach would even want this because of his dislike for the centralist power-hungry Brussels).

But yeah, the Stronach party would either belong to the ECR, the European People's Party, the (Neo)-Liberals or belong to no group at all.
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Austrians are specialized in not belonging to any group for multiple reasons. EPP would not be possible, ELDR are not just neo-liberals as you well know. So it ECR remains an option. It is just interesting to think what kind of new parties would join ECR.
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« Reply #917 on: July 13, 2012, 04:04:23 am »
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About 10 months until the next Tyrol state elections and there's a new TT/Karmasin poll:

41% VP
15% FP
15% SP
14% Greens
  9% Dinkhauser List
  3% Pirates
  2% Gurgiser List
  1% BZ

http://www.tt.com/Tirol/5037737-2/42-prozent-sind-noch-unentschlossen.csp
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« Reply #918 on: July 14, 2012, 12:27:16 am »
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New IMAS poll for the "Kronen Zeitung":

28-30% SP
23-25% VP
19-21% FP
13-15% Greens
    6-8% BZ
    5-7% Others

http://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20120713_OTS0157/aktuelle-imas-umfrage-fuer-die-kronen-zeitung-zeugnis-faellt-fuer-fpoe-schlecht-aus-bzoe-kommt-auf-bis-zu-8-prozent

IMAS polls should be taken with a ton of salt though, because they usually underestimate the FP and overestimate the BZ. But it would be hilarious if true, because the FP has another problem right now (Carinthian FPK boss Uwe Scheuch got sentenced to prison once again, but still refuses to step down).
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« Reply #919 on: July 15, 2012, 06:43:09 am »
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All parties except the Greens are now involved in some kind of (corruption/lobbying) scandal:

* VP: This week, Carinthia VP-boss Martinz was on trial because of his involvement in the shady Carinthian Hypo bank sale a few years ago, in which his personal finance adviser Birnbacher got a premium of 6 million (it is estimated that for the transaction only about 200.000 s should have gone to him, yet he got 30-times the bonus, from taxpayer money). If confirmed by the judge and in a later appeal, Martinz would get kicked out of the state VP (they are already looking for a new interim VP boss). A few other people from the VP involve former Finance Minister Grasser and Interior Minister Strasser.

* FP/FPK/BZ: Martin Graf, previously explained. Uwe Scheuch, Carinthian FPK-leader, already found guilty by a second court, after the verdict of the first court was struck down in the appeals court. If the appeals court finds him guilty of corruption in the 2nd trial, FP boss Strache has basically said that Scheuch has to step down. Also, Carinthian Governor Drfler (FPK, former BZ), his financial advisor Dobernig and MP Petzner from the BZ are due to appear in a Vienna trial next week, investigating a huge ad campaign ahead of the 2009 state election in Carinthia, in which the then BZ government from Jrg Haider sent out a several ("underestimate") page long brochure to every Carinthian household (paid by taxpayer money). The BZ then won a record landslide victory with about 45%.

* SP: Werner Faymann could be charged later this year because of advertising agreements involving the Austrian state rail and several newspapers. More here.

* And while the Greens are not involved in a scandal, they are currently waging a war against drivers in the capital Vienna, where they are in a government with the SP. The SP base is pretty pissed and it could either hurt or help the Greens in the federal elections next year, hard to say. More here.
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Also, Carinthian Governor Drfler (FPK, former BZ), his financial advisor Dobernig and MP Petzner from the BZ are due to appear in a Vienna trial next week, investigating a huge ad campaign ahead of the 2009 state election in Carinthia, in which the then BZ government from Jrg Haider sent out a several ("underestimate") page long brochure to every Carinthian household (paid by taxpayer money). The BZ then won a record landslide victory with about 45%.

Ghosts from the past:

The BZ-led government has sent out a 40-page campaign info to ALL households in Carinthia recently.

I like Right-wingers behind bars ... Smiley
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« Reply #921 on: July 19, 2012, 12:05:35 am »
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* And while the Greens are not involved in a scandal, they are currently waging a war against drivers in the capital Vienna, where they are in a government with the SP. The SP base is pretty pissed and it could either hurt or help the Greens in the federal elections next year, hard to say. More here.

A new Gallup poll for 24 shows that Vienna voters strongly oppose the extension of parking fees in areas other than the inner-city, which was proposed by the SP-Green city government:

28% support it, while 65% oppose it.

Only Green voters support the idea by 67-25, while SP voters oppose it 57-32 and FP voters oppose it with 85%.

http://www.ots.at/presseaussendung/OTS_20120719_OTS0001/oesterreich-umfrage-65-prozent-der-wiener-sind-gegen-das-parkpickerl

SP-Green will implement the new parking zones in the fall and only after that it will hold a referendum on the issue (mostly because the city-VP has collected about 200.000 signatures in the city from voters who oppose the measure).

This stuff might actually hurt the SP in Vienna badly in the federal election next year. I'm not so sure about the Greens. They could remain relatively stable, gain a bit or lose a bit.
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« Reply #922 on: July 22, 2012, 12:09:06 am »
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This stuff might actually hurt the SP in Vienna badly in the federal election next year. I'm not so sure about the Greens. They could remain relatively stable, gain a bit or lose a bit.

The Greens gain, the SP loses !

At least according to the new Gallup Vienna state elections poll for 24:





Bad thing: Almost anyone besides Green voters hate Vienna Green Party leader Maria Vassilakou. Also, like I predicted, the Vienna SP is losing 6% compared with the last state election in 2010. The FP gains 2 additional points, because the city VP still suxx badly.

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There's also a new federal elections poll by Gallup:





Parties involved in recent corruption scandal trials (VP/FP/BZ), are all losing ground, while new fringe/protest parties like the planned neo-liberal Frank Stronach party and the Pirates are gaining.

http://www.oe24.at/oesterreich/politik/Die-SPOe-hat-ein-Pickerl-Problem/73011148
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« Reply #923 on: July 24, 2012, 12:12:48 am »
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New GfK poll for the VP:



http://diepresse.com/home/politik/innenpolitik/1270094/SPOe-voran-OeVP-liegt-knapp-vor-FPOe
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Austrian politician quits over kickback scandal

(Reuters) - The head of Austria's conservative People's Party (OVP) in the province of Carinthia resigned on Wednesday after admitting in court he took part in a kickback scheme to milk money from the sale of state bank Hypo Alpe Adria in 2007.

The abrupt departure of Josef Martinz follows a series of corruption scandals that have dented confidence in public officials and prompted Austria's parliament in June to adopt a sweeping ethics package before elections due next year.

Martinz acknowledged that he plotted to siphon off for party coffers part of an inflated 12 million euro ($14.5 million) fee that was paid to tax adviser Dietrich Birnbacher for his three weeks of work on the bank sale.

Birnbacher has confessed and has also implicated other local politicians in Carinthia, a stronghold of the far-right Freedom Party, which is making strong gains in opinion polls against the ruling national coalition of Social Democrats and the OVP.

Members of the rightist Freedom Party of Carinthia (FPK), which governs with the OVP in the province, have denied wrongdoing in the affair.

"What Birnbacher says is correct," the Austria Press Agency quoted Martinz as saying at his breach of trust trial in the provincial capital of Klagenfurt. He quit his party post with immediate effect.

People's Party leader Michael Spindelegger, also Austria's foreign minister, said he would not put up with behaviour that brought shame on the OVP.

"It was correct and necessary that this (resignation) took place immediately. I personally am deeply disappointed in Josef Martinz," he said in a statement.

Former Carinthian Governor Joerg Haider, the right-wing leader who died in a 2008 car crash, was a prime architect of the 2007 1.6 billion euro sale of Hypo Alpe Adria to German landesbank BayernLB. Birnbacher has said Haider also sought to get kickbacks from the deal.

Austria nationalised Hypo Alpe Adria in 2009 to avoid a collapse of the then BayernLB-owned bank that would have sent shock waves through central and eastern Europe.

http://in.reuters.com/article/2012/07/25/austria-corruption-idINL6E8IPCU620120725

According to derstandard.at, new state elections could be "forced" in Carinthia now. Why ?

The FPK, which holds 17 of the 36 seats in the state government, is strongly against snap elections and blocks the dissolution of the state parliament (2/3 of votes are needed).

The state SP as well as the state Greens and the new state VP leader Gabriel Obernosterer all back snap elections. But because the FPK blocks, dissolution is not possible.

But there's a trick provided by the Austrian Constitution: The federal SP, VP and Greens can dissolve a state parliament with their votes (also 2/3) in the federal parliament, which then has to be also backed by the Upper chamber with a 2/3 majority and signed by the President. The federal parties wouldn't rule out such a move ... Smiley

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Neuwahlen gefordert

SP, BZ und Grne forderten umgehende Neuwahlen in Krnten. Es sei "unvorstellbar, welche dubiosen Geschfte Martinz, Haider, und wie Birnbacher behauptet auch Dobernig und Scheuch auf Kosten der Steuerzahler abgezogen haben", hie es in einer Aussendung der SP.

"Dieser Parteienfinanzierungsskandal bersteigt jedes Ma", sagte der Grne Landtagsobgeordnete und ehemalige Vorsitzende des Krntner Hypo-U-Ausschusses Rolf Holub. FPK-Landeshauptmann Gerhard Drfler erteilte den Neuwahlforderungen allerdings eine Absage.

Mitterlehner fr Neuwahlen

Wirtschaftsminister Reinhold Mitterlehner (VP) sprach sich im Gesprch mit der "ZIB2" fr Neuwahlen in Krnten aus. Er sei - wie Obernosterer auch - fr Neuwahlen, sagte Mitterlehner. Die VP werde sich nicht gegen Neuwahlen stellen, so Mitterlehner.

Fr Neuwahlen muss jedoch der Landtag aufgelst werden, dazu braucht es prinzipiell die FPK, es gibt aber auch eine zweite Mglichkeit: Laut Verfassung kann die Bundesregierung die Auflsung eines Landtags beantragen, diesem Ansuchen muss der Bundesrat zu zwei Drittel zustimmen. Dann kann der Bundesprsident den Landtag auflsen. Dieses Prozedere wollte Mitterlehner auf Nachfrage nicht ausschlieen.

http://derstandard.at/1342947670943/Gabriel-Obernosterer-neuer-OeVP-Parteichef

Should be interesting, I'd like a 2012 election - even if it's only Carinthia ... Tongue
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