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The varnish is peeling off for Kurz

Austrian Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz will soon be honored in Germany. On May 11,
The Christian Democratic Democratic Party (ÖVP) politician will receive the Media Freedom Award, ”an award presented by the Weimer Media Group of Bavaria.

Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis will deliver an introductory speech to Kurz. Among the previous seven recipients were Mikhail Gorbachev, Prince Albert II of Monaco and most recently former EU Commission President Jean Claude-Juncker.

During his political career, Kurz has repeatedly proven himself to be the bridge-builder for Europe, the jury said, while explaining his decision to award the award. The Kurz, according to the council nominated, is a libertarian and has advocated the rights of smaller EU states.

Indeed, Kurz, who became Austria’s youngest prime minister in 2017 at the age of 31, did
has long been considered a political shooting star. The German media, in particular, flirted with him
for he dared to criticize his German colleague Angela Merkel for his German refugee policy.

Kurz loves to preach that he has, in fact, single-handedly closed the Balkan route to refugees from Syria. He took office with the announcement of what he called ‘new politics’. To this end, he also converted the traditional ÖVP, which is associated with Austria in black to turquoise.

He repelled the power of his party strongholds (farmers, businesses, employees and civil servants) and most of the federal states were led by ÖVP. Kurz won the 2017 election thanks in large part to the use of up to € 6 million in illegal campaign costs. Money flows from the entrepreneurs, who also receive it later quid pro quos in return for their contributions, including government writings or changes to the law. The current Austrian judiciary is
Investigate many of these donations.

His first alliance with the populist right-wing FPÖ ended in 2019 following a scandal
in connection with secretly recorded videos of conversations between the party leaders at that time,
Heinz-Christian Strache, and the granddaughter of a Russian tycoon in Ibiza.

Strache promises this woman a title and business contracts if she backs him up and even
the headers will appear at Austrian public radio and television stores.

After Strache was forced to resign, the entire government led by Kurz failed to pass a vote of confidence. A cabinet of experts took over until new elections were held in the fall of 2019. Kurz won a large number of votes and in early 2020, for the first time in Austria’s history, took part. entered into an alliance with the Greens party.

The alliance has become a model of hope in the EU. But a year ago, a demise happened. The judiciary began investigating corruption and post-processing around Kurz, the finance minister and his friend Gernot Blümel and the head of state-owned holding company ÖBAG, Thomas Schmid. The deleted personal messages have been recreated on the confiscated mobile phone.

Schmid was found to have thanked the Prime Minister intensely for the work, saying, “I love my Prime Minister. You get everything you want ”and“ You are family ”. At the same time, the so-called “Ibiza Affair” became known through an investigative committee in parliament. The investigation found that judicial officials had apparently warned ÖVP politicians about the home search or advised them on the matter.

Kurz initially cut a good number in the pandemic. He calls for his first hard lock in the spring of 2020 and speaks in public during almost daily TV appearances together.
with the Minister of Green Health, Rudolf Anschober. He has also visited Israel many times to learn from Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu about his successful immunization program.

But by the beginning of 2021, his leadership role in the crucial vaccine procurement process seemed lost. He stated that a senior Viennese official sitting on the EU vaccination department did not inform him of the possibility of buying more vaccines that other EU countries have left.

Kurz complains about what he calls the ‘market method’ in Brussels for vaccines, but this also has to be put in context with the criticism he has
do not take care of purchasing COVID vaccine by yourself.

He later presented himself as a fighter for countries with low vaccine distribution rates, such as
Bulgaria and the Czech Republic. At the EU summit in March, Kurz then vetoed a plan
distributing future vaccine supplies to secure more vaccine doses for Austria.
However, in doing so, he failed. Kurz was forced to unexpectedly criticize the heads of the EU government, who, unlike him, had previously bought more doses of the vaccine.

Health Minister Anschober, who fell ill because of the workload, resigned. Anschober, whom Kurz had turned down several times before, explained that he was no longer suitable for the job. He was replaced by Wolfgang Mückstein, a general practitioner.

Kurz’s dealings with the media have recently come under severe criticism. In the ranking of
Reporters Without Borders, Austria has slipped two places to 18th place by 2020.
One reason for this is Kurz’s ÖVP lawsuit against the liberal weekly Falter, which revealed his party’s business data as well as the prime minister’s oversized PR engine with dozens of message controllers.

It looks like Austria will not get promoted in the new rankings,
published on April 20, as there is currently a lot of misinformation such as a weapon either tolerated or ordered by Kurz, who recently launched a new party vehicle, Come
Thing, active against the unpopular media with lies and defamation.

Therefore, the German difference denies the reality in Austria. Sebastian Kurz did not
expanding media freedom in Austria, but limiting it through direct messaging control through a bulky pr engine, the preferential treatment of pro-government media and
most recently through attacks on important media outlets.

He is responsible for the fact that the lion’s share of state and advertisements
State-related agencies are distributed to tabloids with the highest distribution volume in
Austria (last year more than 100 million euros), while quality media received only a little
money – a known procedure from state media sponsorship has remained unchanged so far.

Above all, Wiener Zeitung, the world’s oldest, daily newspaper, owned by
Republic, is currently threatened with closure. Publisher and editor of FalterArmin Thurnher, which attacked Kurz face-to-face in the new issue, said the misinformation, was his new media policy and Kurz directly pursued any media group he could not disappoint. money.

Therefore, it is more than just giving Kurz the prize for fighting for media freedom
silly.

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