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Give and take a lot

For the parties Involved, it was probably the normal procedure. "Do ut des", is called the of the Latins (in English: I give so that you give), and the Austrians, speaks of freunderl economy and Post Schacher. In this case, a Post was to be filled at the part state-owned Casinos Austria AG (Casag). An ÖVP-politician, was appointed Director-General, and the government partners of the FPÖ have sent one of their own as a chief financial officer into the race. Peter Sidlo was missing, although obviously the skills, but he got the Job. Bingo, the puppet master sent thanks to addresses, and cheerful Emojis.

However, with delay, the excitement is big suddenly: The prosecutors investigating corruption. And in a special session to Casino-Austria-affair in the Austrian Parliament the parties have delivered a fierce exchange of blows.

the SPÖ-Boss, Pamela Rendi-Wagner called for a "merciless enlightenment" about whether or not in return for the appointment Sidlos to the chief financial officer of Casinos AG, the involved gaming group Novomatic advantages in view had been. She called for the establishment of a parliamentary Committee of inquiry.

System of giving and taking

The Casinos-Austria-affair shafts, which could now change actually beat Austria. Explosive force. this case, for various reasons Because the investigators investigate the suspicion that it was in return for the installation of the FPÖ-politician to additional in-game licenses from the state for the Casag involved gaming group Novomatic.

The entanglement of parties and groups has always been considered a to the Alpine Republic, belonging to the political Folklore.

Furthermore, this Post Schacher is not, as usual, in the haze of the back rooms remained, but is well documented through the provided Chat logs, in which, among other things, the former FPÖ leader and Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and the Ex-ÖVP Finance Minister Hartwig Löger exchange. And last but not least a favorable determination climate for the case, this is because since the beginning of June in Vienna, a non-partisan government of Experts is in office.What opens up in the Casinos-Austria-affair, however, is not new in Austria. The winged word, a saying of the former Federal President Rudolf Church has become a racket, which had already claimed, anno 1980, "drainage of swamps and acidic grasslands".

The entanglement of parties and corporations, a System of giving and receiving, has always been considered a to the Alpine Republic, belonging to the political Folklore. Over the decades, the government parties ÖVP and SPÖ have divided the country among themselves. The freedom party, which campaigned in Opposition always is particularly loud, however, was considered as a party in government has always been particularly clumsy on their own sinecures.

Green challenge unsparing enlightenment

So, the judiciary is still investigating the incidents from the first black-and-blue reign from 2000 to 2005 has – and now a new Causa from the just-ended second Phase of the ÖVP and the FPÖ comes to the same already. The mills grind so slowly. It is even more important, the lever is now in the case of a fundamental change in the political culture to be recognised.

A Chance to do so is in the coalition talks between the ÖVP and the Greens. Although the Casinos-Austria-affair throws on these negotiations, a shadow. To clarify the question, what Sebastian Kurz knew as the Chancellor of these transactions, in which his party colleague and Finance Minister Hartwig Löger was involved remains.

The Greens have, however, created flaps, apparently, don't be shy. They demand the ruthless, the enlightenment, and a new style of government. A fresh start can only succeed if the next government's commitment in the coalition agreement is clear on the transparency, and at the end of freunderl economy and Post Schacher.

Created: 27.11.2019, 19:23 PM

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