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NEWS ROUNDUP 21 Dec 2017

Ultra conservative politician to become one of Austria's key dignitaries

Christine Tragler recommended by Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria

Extreme right, homophobic and critical of the anti-fascist culture of remembrance -- this is how the FPÖ politician, Anneliese Kitzmüller, could be described in brief. Yet, she is about to become the Third President of the National Council. 

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Why this story matters:

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"We have entered a new reality," Renate Graber wrote for Der Standard in her commentary on the planned appointment of Anneliese Kitzmüller as the Third President of the National Council, frequently referred to as the lower house of the parliament. The politician is known for her conservative and homophobic rhetoric.

When the Constitutional Court took down the adoption ban for homosexual couples in 2015, Kitzmüller spoke of a "black day for children" and warned that gay family is a "construct unsuitable for the psyche of children". Today, when same-sex couples are allowed to adopt children, Kitzmüller actively opposes in vitro for lesbian couples as "a socio-political experimental field for the creation of atypical family relationships".

Kitzmüller is notoriously committed to the extreme right. The 58-year-old not only writes for “Aula”, a magazine that is the mouthpiece of the National-Liberal Students' Association, but is also active in two conservative organizations for girls, "PM Sigrid zu Wien" and "Iduna zu Linz".

The website of "Iduna zu Linz" reads:

"United, faithful and true -- that is our motto and on these values ​​we build our community."

Kitzmüller’s 2011 book "We Are Family" on family policy provides us with insight into the world of ideas of the future National Council Third President. To the politician, abortion is "wrong" and a "classic family" is made out of a working man and a "housewife / mother".

Now Kitzmüller, together with the other two presidents of the council, may act as representatives of the Federal President, which, needless to say, should be prevented. It is indeed a "splendid choice for the high office", Renate Graber concluded ironically in her article.

Details from the story:

  • FPÖ politician Anneliese Kitzmüller will become the Third President of the National Council. In the past, she became known for her conservative and homophobic remarks.
  • In the diplomatic protocol of the Republic of Austria, the President of the National Council is the second most important dignitary after the Federal President -- before the Federal Chancellor who is the head of government. Together with two other National Council presidents, the third one may act as representative of the Federal President
  • 58-year-old Kitzmüller not only writes for the far-right student magazine “Aula”, but is also in charge of two nationalist associations for girl. "pM! Sigrid zu Wien" and "Iduna zu Linz".

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