Sebastian Kurz defies the bad weather with 1,500 Upper Austrians on the Kasberg. Critics of the turquoise-blue government policy are also present.
"Uphill Austria": Under this motto, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz wanders through the whole summer with the Austrians. Today, during the last tour of this year, we went to Grünau im Almtal, but with the cable car to the 1750 meter high Kasberg. Rain and temperatures in the range of a few figures have dropped the planned walk in the water.
Nevertheless, according to the organizers about 1500 friends and fans came to Grünau to spend the day with the chancellor. On the Sonnalm Gulasch, Kasnocken and Bauernkrapfen had many opportunities for an exchange with Sebastian Kurz, ÖVP club chairman August Wöginger and governor Thomas Stelzer (ÖVP). The vote was excellent, they would receive a lot of praise and encouragement for their work, all three ÖVP leaders unanimously emphasized politically.
And finally, the weather was still watching: around noon the rain took a longer break. Thus, chancellor, governor and club chief, together with hundreds of supporters, can at least make a small alpine round on the Kasberg. After a good half hour the Hochberghaus was reached. And there was plenty of opportunity for selfies and group photos with Sebastian Kurz.
Questions from journalists are not so well suited for the program, as Life Radio reporter Daniel Kortschak has stated:
Chancellor, Today you walk with about 1,500 Upper Austrians here on the Kasberg. They have had many conversations. Has there been any criticism?
"It was a very positive mood: 1,500 people went along despite the bad weather, which of course is nice and I would like to thank all the positive voices who support us and say that we are going to reduce our tax credit for working people and everything we intend to do must continue to do so. "
Criticism did not exist? About the new working hours scheme?
"I have to disappoint you: there was no criticism, even if you had hoped for something else."
Then the chancellor rushes away. You have to break open, they say. On the way back to the Sonnalm, the Chancellor returns to his fans and smartphones.
Government critics protest with posters
Without criticizing the policy of the turquoise-blue federal government, the chancellor on the Kasberg does not lose. This time, as at the end of July, nobody in Lower Austria on the snow mountain has the dirndl platform to protest against the increase in daily working hours to 12 hours. But even in the parking lot at the valley station of the cable car, some with large posters on their cars have vented their anger at the reforms of the federal government. The chancellor also meets at a crossroads with a dozen activists who will be taking action with banners in the coming week against the new Working Hours Act. To protest. Very peaceful and quiet, but not overlooked.
The President of the Socialist Youth (SJ) Upper Austria, Nina Andree, also said: "We are working on a reduction in working hours, we have seen the profits of rich banks and companies have increased lately." We are also entitled to free time and a fair wage ", says Andree in a live radio interview. It also does not fit at all, that many people now have to work longer on certain days and that at the same time costs are charged for afternoon care at the kindergarten in Upper Austria, leading to the closure of many afternoon groups. "With this federal government it is not uphill for Austria, but rather steeply downhill to prosperity reductions," says the SJ president.
From the supporters of the Chancellor, the critics – besides the socialist youth, the trade union has come to the Kasberg – contemptuous and impetuous, many a small fan can also be taken to verbal abuse: "prefer to work rather than protest," an elderly man calls out with a lead hat. "Please go, it's Saturday," an activist says indignantly. "Always just bad things, but nothing to pay", a woman complains casually. "What the government is planning to do is bad, you will feel that too," recalls a chancellor.
Sebastian Kurz gets nothing from this: he has long been out of sight and hearing distance and continues to enjoy the bath in the crowd of his fans, who walk with him on the largely bare and rocky slopes of the Kasberg in the summer. The hut shouts: that is where the walking day ends with the chancellor as he started: with fresh goulash of the cannon, hearty pork chops and a few beers. Until that time it is about 15 hours: on the last gondola to the valley.