The SPÖ still sees a great need for clarification in terms of personal protection for the Chancellor family. With yesterday’s “bizarre appearance” by Chancellor Karl Nehammer (ÖVP), the matter was not over, said SPÖ federal manager Christian Deutsch. In a broadcast on Tuesday, he criticized that the anti-terrorist unit Cobra was “abused for private chancellor service”. NEOS also insisted on “proper” clarification of the cause.
Nehammer had “contributed exactly nothing to the clarification” in his press conference. The allegations on the table are serious, said Deutsch: “The anti-terrorist unit Cobra, which is financed with tax money, is not a private service provider for parcel services and not a private transport service for the suits of the ÖVP Chancellor. When a state anti-terrorist unit is misused for private chancellor service, the red line of decency and morality is far exceeded, Mr. Nehammer”.
From the point of view of NEOS chairwoman Beate Meinl-Reisinger, the allegations should be “properly clarified”, since Nehammer’s personal protection is after all public money. Nevertheless, she emphasized in a press conference that there are certainly other problems at the moment, such as Russia’s war against Ukraine and inflation – “and that’s where it comes from”.
The cause came up with a car accident involving apparently drunk members of the special unit Cobra, who were used as bodyguards for the chancellor’s family – and an anonymous letter that prompted the SPÖ and FPÖ to make parliamentary inquiries.
Nehammer gave a press conference on Monday late afternoon – and tried to turn the tables. He emphasized that “a red line in the political dispute has been massively crossed” and that the safety of his family is endangered by the publication of details of the security concept.
In a parliamentary question, the SPÖ also demands 16 answers from the chancellor – one question also refers to when exactly and for how long the bodyguards, who then caused the accident under the influence of alcohol, were in the chancellor’s apartment.
In the strong ÖVP structures in the federal states, people are not really enthusiastic about the news from Vienna.