What a hard blow for the SPÖ party leader: Karl Nehammer (49) cleverly flirted with the fact that he at least “would like to have a little more approval than SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner at her party congress in 2021” – at least 75, 3 percent. And now it was 100% in Graz.
With this result, the ÖVP delegates strengthen the new federal party leader for the next few months, which will certainly not be easy either, with domestic political turbulence and serious crises that are approaching Austria: for handling the dangerous energy crisis, for necessary measures against inflation and also for foreign policy initiatives in the Ukraine war.
Nehammer literally: “Looking ahead need not scare us. I believe in this Austria.” In his speech to the delegates, the Chancellor also emphasized: “A big thank you to Sebastian, I was allowed to take over the leadership from you. Thank you for our friendship.”
And: “Today is not a party conference like any other. Yes indeed, we are on a stormy sea. And there’s a lot going on against us. But a headwind can turn into a tailwind again.”
Karl Nehammer then clenched his fist with a serious expression: “If it happens that they want to intimidate me, that they want to intimidate my family, that I change our politics, then I say: No! We won’t be intimidated! There are many attacks below the belt. And why? Because they just can’t do it at eye level.”
Clear declarations of war were made at this party congress in the direction of left-wing judicial groups and the ÖVP-hating micro-media. For example, former Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel made it clear: “We, the ÖVP, stand up for the rule of law, for the protection of personal rights, against the publication of the most private text messages or telephone calls.” Club chairman August Wöginger also said: “The attacks came to nothing – many investigations are then stopped. They just want to hurt us all the time.”
Almost the entire ÖVP prominent of the republic was gathered in Graz: the ministers Gerhard Karner, Alexander Schallenberg, the ministers Susanne Raab, Karoline Edtstadler and Klaudia Tanner. Of course also there: the dynamic general secretary Laura Sachslehner, as well as Johanna Mikl-Leitner, the governor of Lower Austria, as well as the governors of Styria and Tyrol, Hermann Schützenhöfer and Günther Platter.
There was also a lot of applause for the ex-ÖVP bosses and ex-Chancellor Wolfgang Bowl and Sebastian Kurz, who stood together on the stage in Graz.