Austria’s More Likeable Side Has Won

Source: Südostschweiz, Switzerland, May 24

In a few weeks on an emotional rollercoaster a nation plunged to the depths of right-wing populism, made a little detour on a ghost train to the past – and suddenly now everything is different….

Alexander Van der BellenThis election of a Green president does not express the mood in the country, but it could change that mood. Austria is uneasy and has been chronically bad-tempered for some time now. But Austria is not as right-wing as other countries tend to believe. And Alexander Van der Bellen is an Austrian to the core. With his easygoing temperament, his self-irony, his tolerance and resilience against unreasonable conformism and both left and right-wing narrow-mindedness, he embodies the congenial side of the Austrian identity. It wouldn’t be surprising if the Green president turned out to be a highly popular head of state.


One response to “Austria’s More Likeable Side Has Won

  1. Jan Krouzil

    Displaying the kind of exceptional personality traits coming to mind in relation to the originator of this blog.