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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 […]

Background: Popular Petitions in Austria

A Volksbegehren, or popular petition, is one of three instruments of direct democracy guaranteed by the Austrian constitution. Unlike a referendum, it is not legally binding; nevertheless, the issue raised by a popular petition must be discussed by Parliament when its support exceeds 100,000 valid signatures. Hence, such petitions can fuel the public debate, but often don’t […]

School Reform: Austria Petitions for Change

School Reform: Austria Petitions for Change

“Don’t worry, we’ll sign very quickly”, calls out a lady in her 60s queuing outside the  darkened Magistrat building at Elterleinplatz in the 17th District. There are 45 minutes left for her to sign a petition demanding radical reform of the Austrian education system. At 20:00 on 10 Nov., when the polling station closed, 383,820 Austrians […]

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