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Prominent Austrians call for ban on right-wing congress in Linz

More than 60 prominent Austrians have signed an open letter calling on the governor of Upper Austria, Josef Pühringer (ÖVP), to ban a controversial right-wing congress which is scheduled to take place in the state at the end of this month.

Prominent Austrians call for ban on right-wing congress in Linz
View over Linz. Photo: Thomas Ledl/Wikimedia

The signatories of the letter include Nobel-Prize winning author Elfriede Jelinek, as well as notable writers, actors, political scientists and concentration camp survivors, the Mauthausen Committee and the Upper Austrian network against racism and right-wing extremism.

The congress – called ‘Defenders of Europe’ – is due to take place on October 28th and 29th in Linz. On its website it describes itself as “an exhibition of the patriotic and conservative work being done in the journalistic, cultural and political sphere” and describes its mission as being “against the ethnocultural repression of European people.”

It's advertised on the Freedom Party (FPÖ) linked website Unzensuriert.at, and one of its “high-profile speakers” is FPÖ General Secretary Herbert Kickl.

After the Social Democrats and Greens said the event should not take place in Linz, Pühringer asked Austrian intelligence officers from the federal anti-terrorism unit to assess the controversial event and whether it poses any danger. They said that “despite the possible participation of individuals from the extreme-right, there is no information that would lead to a prosecution or any information which could lead to charges being brought in advance of the event”.

Anti-fascists have called for a counter-demonstration to take place on October 29th.

 

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How much do Austrian politicians earn as a monthly salary?

Politicians in Austria are getting a 5.3 percent salary increase in 2023 as inflation rises in the country. So how much will they earn?

How much do Austrian politicians earn as a monthly salary?

The rising inflation rate, which is expected to be at 10.6 percent in November, is reflected in the salaries of politicians in Austria, according to the official gazette of the Wiener Zeitung.

According to Austrian law, all salaries are calculated based on the income of the members of the National Council, the Austrian Parliament. Next year, they will receive €9,873 gross per month – €497 more than their salaries in 2022. The values were rounded to the whole euro amount. 

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So, how much are the leading politicians going to earn as a monthly gross salary in 2023?

  • Bundespräsident: the head of the Austrian State (Federal President) will earn €26,701 per month. Alexander Van der Bellen was reelected to the position and should stay in the job for six more years
  • Bundeskanzler: the head of the Austrian government (Chancellor) will earn €23,840 per month. That’s the salary of Karl Nehammer (ÖVP), who is expected to run for reelection in the next national elections set for 2024
  • Vizekanzler: the current vice-chancellor is Werner Kögler (Greens), and he is set to earn €20,979 from 2023
  • NR-Präsident: this refers to the leader of the National Council (Nationalrat, in German), who earns €20,026. Wolfgang Sobotka (ÖVP) holds the position
  • Landeshauptleute: this German word literally means “main persons of the province”. (Land means country, but it actually refers to the bundesländer, the country’s states or provinces). These are the current governors of the Austrian provinces, such as Michael Ludwig (SPÖ), mayor of the city-state of Vienna. They’ll earn €19,072 per month
  • Ministerin/Minister: Ministers of the federal government, including Health and Social Minister Johannes Rauch (Greens), will earn €19,072 every month
  • Landesrätin/-rat: the provincial councillors should earn €17,771 every month from 2023
  • Staatssekretärin/-sekretär: State secretaries, who play the part of Ministers in the provincial level, will earn €17,165
  • Bundesratsmitglieder: a “member of the Bundesrat”, which is the upper house in the Austrian parliament, will earn €4,936 per month

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In Austria, hired employees are paid 14 times per year, with extra salaries ahead of summer holidays and Christmas.

Unless the National Council decides against the pay rise, the increase will come into effect on January 1st 2023.

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