Opinion

Austria starts in the Balkans - with a heavy puff ...

Ryshfet, korrupsion, gazetarë të blerë, portale shpifëse, anketa të manipuluara: tingëllon si në Ballkan, por duket se krejt kjo ka ndodhur edhe në Vjenë. Por për dallim nga Ballkani, në Austri ende ka prokurorë që nuk frikësohen të bastisin edhe zyrat e kancelarit. Edhe sa mund të qëndrojë në pushtet kancelari Sebastian Kurz, të cilin e çonte në qiell Richard Grenelli?

Austria starts in the Balkans - with a heavy puff ...

Enver Robelli

. A legend says that the Balkans start in Vienna. Namely: in the Balkans there is corruption, bribery, misuse, manipulation, misuse. And what not! The author of the sentence "The Balkans begins in Vienna" is said to be the ruler of Austria, Prince Clemens Wenzel Lothar von Metternich. Historians are convinced that Prince Metternich did not say this sentence. But, it does not matter: whether he said it or not, the sentence has been circulating in the Western media since the 19th century.

? Now the Austrian legend needs to be corrected. The Balkans do not start in Vienna, nor anywhere in Austria, but Austria starts in the Balkans! At least in terms of corruption, bribery, fraud, bought media, "journalists" and politicians with criminal ambitions.

? What happened? Today police investigators (civilian and armed) raided the headquarters of the Austrian conservative ÖVP party and the headquarters of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.

. Kurz and his associates are suspected of buying positive reports in the media to bring Kurz to power. The project went like this: they found a portal, paid over 1 million euros from the budget and the portal then published all sorts of junk, for example false polls that Kurzi, still in 2016 still 29 years old, is the most popular politician in Austria. Austrians and Austrians have eaten the bait. Kurz became chancellor. He formed a coalition with the right-wing radicals of the FPÖ, a party that includes fans of Serbian nationalists, applause for Arkan's wife and supporters of Adolf Hitler. What a mix! But this government did not last long. It was revealed that two FPÖ politicians had gone to a villa in Ibiza, Spain, had met a woman who had introduced herself as the daughter of a Russian oligarch and promised her that when they came to power they would sell her half of Austria, including the media. Because, as one of the FPÖ politicians had said, "journalists are the biggest whores in this world." This is not true, but - unfortunately - it is true that prostitutes (and criminals) also penetrate journalism. As in the Balkans. Following the release of the video from the meeting in Ibiza, the Austrian government fell from power. The scandal was revealed by the German media ("Süddeutsche Zeitung" and "Der Spiegel"). but - unfortunately - it is true that whores (and criminals) also manage to penetrate journalism. As in the Balkans. Following the release of the video from the meeting in Ibiza, the Austrian government fell from power. The scandal was revealed by the German media ("Süddeutsche Zeitung" and "Der Spiegel"). but - unfortunately - it is true that whores (and criminals) also manage to penetrate journalism. As in the Balkans. Following the release of the video from the meeting in Ibiza, the Austrian government fell from power. The scandal was revealed by the German media ("Süddeutsche Zeitung" and "Der Spiegel").

? In the next parliamentary elections, Sebastian Kurz ia PVP party won again. He formed a coalition with the Greens and Kurz again became chancellor. After the recent raids, the serious Austrian media ask: how long can Kurzi stay in power? How much longer will the green party keep him in power?

Z Kurz is distinguished as a great admirer of the Balkan autocrats. In 2016, he supported in the election campaign Nikola Gruevski of Macedonia, an autocrat who abused his power to steal, terrorize the opposition and eavesdrop on citizens. Gruevski lost the election and fled to his Hungarian friend Viktor Orban, also a big fan of the Balkan autocrats. Among Kurz's biggest supporters has been none other than Richard Grenelli. Donald Trump's argot flew to Vienna to celebrate the electoral victory of Kurz, who was seen as an opponent of Angela Merkel on the European politics scene. In early September, Kurz went to Belgrade and received a high decoration of the Serbian state from the hands of autocratic President Aleksandar Vucic. He praised Serbia for the progress made,

. Maybe someone in Kosovo remembers the biometric passport affair. Yes, Kosovar criminals in power and close to the government are suspected to have asked them in front of the Austrian firm that would print Kosovar biometric passports. But it was the Austrian state firm that allegedly paid the bribe to get the passport tender. As always the burden is borne by the weak: in arbitration Kosovo lost 6.5 million euros. Austria starts in the Balkans - with a heavy puff ...

Tash And now? What now after the recent scandal in Vienna? The possibility of early elections is not ruled out. At least that is what the German media, such as the Süddeutsche Zeitung, assume, which are close to political developments in Vienna. The situation is dramatic for a European Union country: a chancellor suspected of manipulating public opinion and consequently the democratic will of its citizens. A chancellor who buys his popularity with taxpayers' money and with this method may have managed to get into the chancellor's office - does Austria need such a politician? Moreover, he does not need any banana republic in the Balkans. Leave it to Austria.

* Tiranapost.al.