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Dnevnik - Slovenia | 02/03/2009

The power of the Haider myth

Dnevnik newspaper writes that the major force behind the victory of the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) was the myth of the late state governor Jörg Haider. "It is certainly somewhat unusual when you have to rely on psychological expertise to explain the results of democratic elections. But just that is necessary in the Austrian state of Carinthia. The results of the local parliamentary elections there above all depended on whether the BZÖ could successfully keep alive the myth of the late governor. ... Haider's successor Gerhard Dörfler cannot be credited for having surpassed Haider's own election results. Above all this vote expresses the power of the Haider myth. If the Carinthians had all been suddenly struck with amnesia and forced to take a look at the facts and the economic situation of their state, the elections would have had an entirely different outcome."

Dnevnik - Slovenia | 09/07/2008

The failure of the Austrian government

Journalist Vesna Kalčič comments on the collapse of Austria's Social Democrat Chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer and his grand coalition: "After the elections it was only by making major concessions to the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) that Gusenbauer was able to form a grand coalition. They left him practically naked, as some commentators said at the time. ... Many important ministerial posts that the Social Democrats had wanted for themselves went to their coalition partner. ... And what happened? The coalition agreement that resulted from the coalition talks - led for the ÖVP by former chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel - bore his stamp and was what the People's Party had wanted all along: a continuation of the former black-blue government."

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