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Media Monitor: Conscription Referendum

Media Monitor: Conscription Referendum

Reaction in German-language media following the 2013 Conscription Referendum.       Mandatory Military Service Beats SPÖ 20 Jan. 2013 by Cathrin Kahlweit The Austrian electorate has decided to keep conscription. This was to be expected, yet the clear result of 60% in favour is a slap in the face for the Social Democrats. A […]

Conscription Referendum: The Third Option

Conscription Referendum: The Third Option

On 2 January, Austrians cast their ballots on a first-ever national referendum on the military, choosing whether to switch to an all-volunteer professional army, a Berufsheer, or maintain conscription for all young men 18 to 35, with the option of alternative service, or Zivildienst. When all the votes were in on the non-binding referendum, nearly […]

Androsch’s Mission Impossible

Androsch’s Mission Impossible

“It was clear from the beginning that this was a mission impossible,” commented Hannes Androsch on ORF Radio, Sunday, 20 January, as the early returns were announced in Austria’s first nationwide non-binding referendum, held earlier that day supporting a continuation of mandatory military service. The result had not come as a surprise to the 74-year-old […]

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