Big coalition?  - Elephant Round: All against all and each for themselves

Not much was left of the togetherness: In the elephant round of “Krone” and Puls 24, the five top candidates gave nothing to each other shortly before the election. And the analysis also brought a clear result: the signs are pointing to a grand coalition – if the will of the voters is there.

“I beg your pardon that you had to listen to that,” said Governor Johanna Mikl-Leitner after an attack by Udo Landbauer in the “Krone” elephant round. However, in the Ostarrichi hall of the St. Pöltner country house, not such bad words as the provincial head’s narrator would have you assume. And that despite the fact that Landbauer managed to question the “climate fitness” of Green leader Helga Krismer because she (presumably) wore sneakers “made in China”. But first things first. From inflation to the acute energy crisis All top candidates initially put their energy into answering the questions about inflation. With the debate about the steep price increases, politicians were more willing to engage in discussions. “We live in an age in which the cost of living is higher than ever before,” said the head of state. From the point of view of the other candidates, she is also partly to blame. NEOS frontwoman Indra Collini accused Mikl-Leitner that some compatriots would get more money than their electricity bill would cover. Instead, it would be better to invest this in the energy transition. Which brings us to the next topic. The candidates were actually almost surprisingly in agreement on the content. Actually – because Krismer presented Landbauer as a “climate denier”, the interpretation of two graphic signs could also be argued about. Heated ORF debate as an emotional highlight It got really emotional with the topic “ORF affair” – the “Krone” reported several times. Landbauer literally accused Mikl-Leitner of “sneaking up” the election victory in 2018 “through a tussle” with the then editor-in-chief Robert Ziegler. In his criticism, SPÖ boss Franz Schnabl referred to the head of the investigative commission, who in turn predicted a test result “that would shake the ORF”. Schnabl also spoke of meetings between Ziegler and Mikl-Leitner, at which ÖVP-friendly reporting had been agreed. The governor firmly rejected this. The bickering will hopefully come to an end with the election on January 29, she said. Mikl-Leitner also showed little understanding for the attacks of the other candidates. The underlying tenor was that something like this shouldn’t be done among women. The head of state also brought up this argument in the course of the advertisements affair. She criticized Collini for not recognizing the decisions of independent bodies and thus also goofing on Court of Auditors Director Edith Goldeband. The “togetherness” was yesterday. The final question about the advantages of the respective top candidates then ensured the much-cited (and briefly forgotten) togetherness in the country. Landbauer attested to Mikl-Leitner’s “long political” career and perseverance. The state governor likes his stories about his grandson on the private Schnabl. The state deputy himself appreciates Krismer for working with an “open visor”. According to Krismer, the Greens and Landbauer share a love of skiing. “He’s still there, despite various affairs,” she added. Collini was in turn described by Krismer as a “bundle of energy”. listen. It was all the more striking that he was completely absent from the “Krone” elephant round. In general, university professor Kathrin Stainer-Hämmerle missed a final mobilization by the ÖVP boss. Mikl-Leitner only became emotional during the ORF debate, the “sore point of the ÖVP”. Like “Krone” editor-in-chief Klaus Herrmann and “Salzburg Krone” boss Claus Pandí, the political scientist also believes that the once grand coalition in Lower Austria is making a comeback possible. “I see chances of going back to that model,” she said. This is how the experts explained the rather reserved appearance of the SPÖ candidate Franz Schnabl. “He was so reluctant because he wants to remain state vice. And obviously prefer to do that under Mikl-Leitner than under Udo Landbauer,” explained Herrmann. Next Sunday, 1,288,838 voters in Lower Austria can vote on the future composition of the state parliament. Because voting rights for second homes were abolished, there are 97,518 fewer eligible voters than five years ago. ÖVP, SPÖ, FPÖ, Greens and NEOS are running for elections nationwide. MFG, KPÖ and the list of your goals can only be found on the ballot papers in individual constituencies. The ÖVP currently holds 29, the SPÖ 13 and the FPÖ 7 mandates. Greens and NEOS each have three seats in the state parliament. There is also a wild mandatary who used to belong to the FPÖ. How will the SPÖ fare? “The most exciting,” the group agreed, would be the election evening at the SPÖ. “I expect that there will be a chairwoman debate in the federal SPÖ from the middle of next week,” said Pandí. Despite the expected clear victory of the ÖVP, the election is by no means overestimated with regard to federal politics.

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J. A. Allen

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