The ministers of the new Austrian “black-blue” government are all sunshine and smiles, but their program of 183 pages is just the opposite, thoroughly marked by the aim to divide society into class, ethnic and religious groups.
A measure that stands out is the stated intention to give Austrian citizenship to German-speaking Italians in the South Tyrol, which would create a situation of dual citizenship, not allowed in Austria precisely because of the opposition of the parties that now want it for South Tyrol. On Monday, Werner Neubauer, the official of the nationalist FPÖ party responsible for relations with the South Tyrol region, announced in Bolzano that the South Tyrolese will be able to apply for Austrian citizenship in 2018. Thus, according to Neubauer, among other effects of this measure, South Tyrolean athletes will be able to compete for the Austrian national team in the future.
Meanwhile, as the government made up of the conservatives and the extreme right was being sworn in Monday, dozens of different organizations—Offensive Against the Right, Bike Block/Critical Mass, the college students of the Austrian Students’ Union (ÖH) as well as high-school students, Asylum Coordination Austria, associations of the radical Left, the Antifa movement—all gathered starting from 8 a.m., in nine different spots in the city. In the afternoon, the “feminist bloc” protested and in the evening the university students in Salzburg.