Head of government wanted again: Austria’s Chancellor Schallenberg resigns

Quake in Austria’s politics: After only two months, Chancellor Schallenberg gives up again. He had followed Sebastian Kurz. He, in turn, has since announced his retirement from politics. There is no calm in Austrian politics. Less than two months after taking office, Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg has already thrown out again. Schallenberg announced in a written […]

Author Hirschl on short grotesque: "Some things are too stupid"

Coked-up, cynical, ready for anything: In Elias Hirschl’s novel “Salonbaren” a careerist in a slim-fit suit emulates his political idol and gets to the edge of madness – and beyond. Similarities with the very real absurdities in political Austria are entirely intentional and have been ever since Corruption scandal surrounding former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz “Salonworthy” […]

Ex-Chancellor "can absolutely return": Schallenberg expects Kurz to return

When Austria’s ex-Chancellor Kurz resigned on allegations of corruption, Schallenberg was there to replace him as head of government. The new Chancellor firmly believes in Kurz’s innocence – and that he will return. Austria’s new Federal Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg sees his predecessor in office wrongly accused by the Vienna Public Prosecutor’s Office for Corruption. In […]