“This is a good country, worthy to be a prince” – one is almost reminded of the joy and ending of Grillparzer’s play King Ottokar when the Federal Chancellor officially launched the “Believe in this Austria” initiative: Karl Nehmer. (50) praised the advantages of Austria, clean water, good food, prosperity (at least of many people), low asylum numbers.
The Chancellor said literally: “Confidence is what helps us most to overcome difficult times and discover new and good things in our country.” And he added: “The performance has to be worth it again.”
With him on the stage, committed Austrians, not party officials, should reinforce the impression that this initiative is on behalf of all compatriots – and that it is also considered good by all. And these five people from the middle of society are taking part: Bettina Poschenwein (entrepreneur), Elisabeth Zeithner (managing director), Gerhard Zeuner (police union representative), Gabriela Gall (nursing director of the Lower Austria relief organization) and Michael Pfaffenbichler ( Young farmer and cheese maker) gave their perspective and made it clear why they believe in Austria – because Austria is a great country and one of the best in Europe and even the world in many areas.
A minor scandal occurred when an ORF journalist asked the Chancellor that Figl had also said: “I can’t give you anything. All I can ask of you is this: Trust this Austria.
And then the question was aimed at whether all five people brought to the stage by the Chancellor were members of ÖVP sub-organizations, reports OE24. The Chancellor answered this question in the negative, and Nehmer responded with quite frank criticism of ORF: “This is the interrogation technique of the leading question – you ask in such a way that you get what you want to hear. Public broadcasting is well trained in this.
As he left the ÖVP Political Academy, a smiling journalist quietly quoted a few more lines from Grillparzer’s article: “This is the curse of our great house: half-hearted and with half-hearted means for half-hearted work, To try with hesitation.”