“We don’t need a milli-vanilli copy as Minister of Justice,” said an eXXpress reader on Monday evening, recalling the boy band from the early 1990s who didn’t really sing themselves.
And many more dozens of Austrians don’t understand why the Green Minister has still not resigned – after all, five German and Austrian plagiarism experts have already documented numerous alleged cheatings in their doctoral thesis, which is only 220 pages long, and now (we reported) that too has started Investigation Department of the University of Vienna with a special examination of this dissertation.
While the big coalition partner of the Greens, the ÖVP, is still reluctant to openly formulated criticism, the well-known Viennese PR consultant, crisis manager and publisher Wolfgang Rosam says clearly what he thinks of the current situation: “For the minister, that means : She is incapacitated and must give up her position immediately!”
A suspension of the ministerial office until the end of the entire investigation would be the minimum for the reputation of the Austrian constitutional state – exactly this “impeachability” was also demanded by the Green government members and party friends of the minister when the first suspicions against Sebastian Kurz surfaced last year.
The behavior of the Greens is also responsible for many negative comments on the social media platforms and also in the eXXpress reader forum. Minister of Justice herself: She only had “her office” comment on the initiation of the investigation by the University of Vienna. A reader literally: “Probably even Austria’s Empress Sisi would have spoken to the people herself in a similar government crisis.”
Zadic’s aloofness has been noticed several times: The eXXpress has also been refused every interview appointment for months – both on the problems with the actions of the economic and corruption public prosecutor’s office, as well as on the leaks from the judiciary and also for weeks on the allegations of plagiarism.