Not only in Austria is there astonishment at the current performance of the turquoise-green federal government: A chancellor who has to correct his own denial, a green health minister who flees from journalists’ questions, and ministers who publicly tell their government colleagues that they are not making their statements anyway particularly interested.
The lockdown imposed in a mixture of casualness and melancholy, which will again destroy entrepreneurs and make hundreds of Austrians unemployed, does not go down well with our neighbors either. The respected Neue Zürcher Zeitung wrote in its Saturday edition: “The lockdown in Austria is a declaration of bankruptcy and an expression of complete perplexity.” And: “Austria’s government is stumbling through the crisis and sees radical steps as the only way out. Switzerland is well advised not to look on with incomprehension, but to avert a similar catastrophe in good time. “
The assessment of the “St. Galler Tagblatts ”:“ The fact that Austria goes the furthest, with mandatory vaccination and lockdown, is not only due to the fact that the hospital situation there is particularly dramatic. There is something authoritarian about Austrian politics ”. Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg speaks “to his people as to subjects. The compulsory vaccination is ordered because ‘too many have shown unsanitary solidarity’. Those who refuse to follow rules shall feel the consequences.”
Some German media are not as critical of the government’s actions as in Switzerland. You think that Germany could soon experience a similar situation. For example, the “Neue Passauer Presse” writes: “Austria is showing the way – and on a drastic tour that is probably much more effective than any tightening in the small-small mode”. The “Südwest Presse” also thinks that the decision was “bitter and unjust” for the vaccinated, but “completely correct”. Germany expects something similar: “The message is: There is all sorts of things, but no more lockdown for everyone. The promise cannot be kept – see Austria. “