Austrian racism scandal in Haider’s old party

This music video from Britain says about itself:

April 28, 2012

This is the brand new 7″ record by ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER´S BARNSTORMER.

The A-side gives us the studio version of the live classic “Haider Die!“. A great cover of Simon & Garfunkel´s classic “The Boxer”. The lyrics are about Austrian right-wing politician Joerg Haider who died in an accident. …remember´: “Nazis Shouldn´t Drive” (M.D.C.)

The extreme right FPÖ party used to be the party of Jörg Haider in Austria. Now that Haider is dead after his drunk driving, they have other leaders.

Translated from NOS TV in the Netherlands today:

Andreas Mölzer this Tuesday has retired as the leader of the far-right Austrian FPÖ party in the European elections on 25 May. Mölzer recently said that the policies of Nazi Germany were liberal, compared to the overregulation of the European Union.

He also thought that the European Union threatens to become “a collection of Negroes“, lacking the work ethic of Germans and Austrians.


The FPÖ is one of the parties that the Freedom Party of Geert Wilders wants to cooperate with in the European Parliament. Mölzer was one of the two leading candidates of the party.

Raven black

In an article in a magazine Mölzer (61) complained that many Austrians look like the “raven black” footballer David Alaba of the national team. “You have to go to a nursing home to still meet ‘real Austrians’.”

The judiciary in Vienna is determined to make an example of Josef S., a student from the German town of Jena. He faces five years in prison after participating earlier in a protest against the Vienna Academics Ball—an event organised by right-wing extremists from across Europe: here.

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Austrian racists lose elections

This music video from Britain says about itself:

April 28, 2012

This is the brand new 7″ record by ATTILA THE STOCKBROKER´S BARNSTORMER.

The A-side gives us the studio version of the live classic “Haider Die!“. A great cover of Simon & Garfunkel´s classic “The Boxer”. The lyrics are about Austrian right-wing politician Joerg Haider who died in an accident. …remember´: “Nazis Shouldn´t Drive” (M.D.C.)

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Far-right lose out in elections

Monday 04 March 2013

by Our Foreign Desk

Austria‘s far-right lost power in its late leader Joerg Haider‘s stronghold of Carinthia at the weekend after a drubbing in a state election.

Elections were held in Carinthia and in the state of Lower Austria.

The neofascist Freedom Party saw its share of the vote in Carinthia more than halve to around 17.1 per cent from 44.9 per cent at the last election in 2009 following a string of corruption cases.

The Freedom Party also saw its score fall 2 percentage points in Lower Austria to 8.5 per cent, relegating it to fourth place behind Team Stronach – a new eurosceptic party.

And federal Chancellor Werner Faymann‘s Social Democrats (SPOe) looked set to regain Austria’s southern-most state for the first time since 1999, coming on top with 37.1 per cent of the vote – up 8.4 percentage points.

Mr Faymann’s coalition partners, the centre-right People’s Party, retained an absolute majority in Lower Austria with 51 per cent, while the SPOe fell 3.9 percentage points to 21.6 per cent. Haider sent shockwaves through Europe in 2000 when his far-right party became part of the Austrian federal government.

After his drink-driving death in 2008, Carinthia remained the right’s main bastion, but a number of damaging corruption cases have eroded support since 2009.

The scandals have also added to accusations that Haider, along with making light of nazi concentration camps and praising the Waffen SS, was extremely keen on using his power to line his pockets.

Austria’s Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) and the conservative Peoples’ Party (ÖVP) achieved their worst result since the Second World War in national elections last Sunday. Both parties have governed the Alpine republic over the past seven years in a grand coalition: here.

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Austrian racist Haider’s financial scandal

From the (conservative) Daily Mail in England:

Riddle of Haider‘s secret £40m: Cash found in European principality of Liechtenstein

By Allan Hall In Berlin

Last updated at 8:02 AM on 2nd August 2010

More than £40million in undeclared cash belonging to Austria’s late far-Right leader Joerg Haider has been found in the secretive European principality of Liechtenstein.

The money, in euros, was discovered in accounts uncovered by investigators from Austria, Switzerland and Germany.

They identified a dozen companies registered in Liechtenstein and linked to the former leader of his country’s Freedom Party.

Profil Magazine, citing judicial sources, said the origins and the nature of the investments was unknown.

The accounts were discovered during investigations into the takeover of Austrian bank HGAA by Germany’s BayernLB in 2007, and the privatisation of Austrian property company Buwog in 2004.

Haider was a wealthy man at the time of his death in 2008. As well as being governor of Carinthia he owned a fabulous estate incorporating sawmills and lakes.

Haider inherited lots of wealth from his nazi father, who got it by stealing Jewish property during Hitler’s Third Reich.

The Haider Diaries: A Right-Wing Populist, Two Dictators and Millions of Euros: here.

The extreme right FPÖ primarily owes its political recovery to the rightwing policies of the social democrats who have been governing Austria in a grand coalition with the conservatives for three-and-a-half years: here.

Caught in a whirlpool of corruption, businessmen and politicians involved in the BayernLB scandal are conspiring to make the working class pay for the state-owned bank’s losses: here.

In January, Gerhard Gribkowsky, the former risk manager of the Bavarian regional public-sector bank BayernLB, was taken into custody under suspicion of bribery, tax fraud and breach of trust toward his former employer — in what the German paper Sueddeutsche Zeitung is saying “could become Germany’s biggest case of corruption”: here.

Bankers bankrolled Austrian racist Haider

This video is about the history of fascism, including in Austria. It says about itself:

Hitler Takes Austria

In September 1937, Mussolini visited Germany. Hitler put on a major display of military power for Mussolini and by the end of the visit, Mussolini became convinced that Germany was the power he should ally with. He was sure that an alliance with Germany would lead to Italy becoming more powerful throughout Europe.

As Germany had left the League of Nations in 1933, so Mussolini left the League in 1937 after the League had imposed economic sanctions on Italy for the invasion of Abyssinia.

In 1938, Germany occupied Austria in the Anschluss (forbidden by Versailles).

By Markus Salzmann in Germany:

How big business financed a radical right-wing party in Austria

26 January 2010

The public prosecutor’s office in Munich recently extended its enquiry into the enormous losses incurred by Germany’s Bayern LB (Bavarian State Bank) in its dealings with the Hypo Alpe Adrea Bank (HGAA) in Austria. At the same time, a commission of enquiry was appointed in the Bavarian state parliament. Since then, details about cooperation between banks, state institutions, political parties and criminal elements have become increasingly evident.

The so-called “rescuing” of the Hypo Alpe Adria Bank cost the Bavarian treasury almost €4 million. This is to be shouldered by the population in the form of cuts in social spending. Meanwhile, it has become glaringly obvious that—together with a group of super-rich investors—the radical right-wing Carinthian state government and the political party of former Carinthian Prime Minister Jörg Haider were among the principal beneficiaries of the BayernLB’s shady and apparently semi-criminal transactions.

Two-and-a-half years ago, the BayernLB state bank became majority shareholder in the HGAA and was soon saddled with heavy losses. In the wake of the financial crisis last year, the Bavarian state contributed €10 billion to save Germany’s second biggest state bank from insolvency.

Austrian extreme right financial scandal

This video, in French, is about Jörg Haider and other extreme Rightists in Austria commemorating the “heroes” of Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS.

By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz:

Massive bank scandal: Austrian right-winger Jörg Haider’s legacy

22 December 2009

Austrian far-right politician Jörg Haider, at the time governor of the province of Carinthia, died in October 2008 in an automobile crash—while driving twice the speed limit and with a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit.

His legacy, however, is now costing billions, tearing holes in the budgets of Carinthia and Germany’s Bavaria. The crisis surrounding the Hypo Group Alpe Adria (HGAA) bank, in which Haider played a central role, is a prime example of the coming together of high finance and right-wing politics.

A week ago, the Austrian government took control of ailing HGAA to prevent the immediate collapse of the sixth-largest banking house in the Alpine republic. In the settlement, the previous owners—Bayerische Landesbank (BayernLB), the province of Carinthia, and Austrian mutual insurer Grazer Wechselseitige—each received one euro. They had collectively pumped in several hundred million euros to try and secure the survival of the bank.

The state-owned BayernLB, which became the majority owner two and a half years ago, must now deal with losses of nearly €4 billion. These will largely fall on the Bavarian state treasury and will be recouped through cuts in public spending. A year ago, the state of Bavaria pumped in €10 billion to protect Germany’s second-largest Landesbank (owned 94 percent by the Bavarian government) from bankruptcy.

The fate of HGAA is closely linked with the rise of Haider’s ultra-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) and its successor, the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ). Haider, who served 12 years as governor of Carinthia, used the bank to finance his political projects, enrich his friends in the party, and buy votes.

Under Haider’s charge, the financial institution, founded in 1896, rose from being a provincial bank into a market leader in the Balkans. The bank funded Haider’s money-losing prestige projects in Carinthia, such as the luxurious Schlosshotel Velden and the floating stage on the Wörthersee in Klagenfurt, as well as financing the province’s growing debts. Carinthia is now considered the “debt emperor” among Austria’s provinces.

In return, the state government guaranteed the bank’s creditworthiness, underwriting guarantees amounting to €19 billion. That is almost 10 times the state’s annual budget of €2 billion. The bankruptcy of HGAA would inevitably have resulted in Carinthia’s insolvency.

In the manner of an emperor in ancient Rome, Haider used the cash flow from HGAA to win the support of the voters. He introduced various forms of family benefits, payments for commuters, heating and diesel fuel subsidies, and an inflation relief payment. Under Haider’s successors, young people who acquired a driver’s license were given €1,000. These monetary gifts did little to lessen social inequality; with 76,000 people at risk for poverty, Carinthia is the second poorest of Austria’s provinces—but it ensured that the BZÖ won substantial majorities.

In the successor states of Yugoslavia, the HGAA financed a semi-criminal and corrupt elite, which resembled the one surrounding Haider. “In Macedonia, Bosnia or Montenegro, banking geniuses were drawn hypnotically into the wake of Jörg Haider, needy entrepreneurs who could make good use of inexpensive bridge financing for their cash flow,” the Frankfurter Allgemeine commented.

Haider killed by his own drunkenness

This video from England says about itself:

Protesters campaign against the visit of far-right French politician Jean Marie Le Pen to the Midlands where he was invited by the British National Party. The BNP relocated their meeting as a result but the peace protesters followed. Organised by peace, synagogue, church and mosque groups with Unite Against Fascism.

From AFP news agency:

Austria’s Haider three times over drink limit in fatal crash

VIENNA – – Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider was more than three times over the legal alcohol limit when he crashed his car and was killed at the weekend, his party said Wednesday.

“It is true that governor Joerg Haider had 1.8 grammes of alcohol in his blood at the time of the accident,” his successor as head of the Alliance for the Future of Austria, Stefan Petzner, told APA news agency.

The legal limit in Austria is 0.5 grammes of alcohol per litre of blood.

Haider, 58, was doing more than twice the 70 kilometre (43 mile) per hour speed limit when he crashed in the early hours of Saturday after leaving a night club in Carinthia province, prosecutors said.

So, even Haider’s fellow racist Petzner recognizes now implicitly that the conspiracy theories of Haider’s death supposedly being a plot by Muslims or others, are nonsense. Unfortunately, some Rightists are addicted to nonsense.

Norbert Leser: Der Sturz des Adlers. 120 Jahre österreichische Sozialdemokratie, Verlag Kremayr & Scheriau, 2008 (The decline of the Eagle: 120 years of Austrian social democracy, Kremayr & Scheriau publishing house, 2008): book review here.

A wave of student protest is sweeping Austria. Students at the Fine Arts University in the capital, Vienna, began it by occupying their college after the principal announced fee increases and changes to course funding: here.

Haider’s speeding caused his death

This video from Austria is about a demonstration against George W. Bush visiting Vienna in 2006.

Translated from Dutch NOS TV:

The Austrian politician, Jörg Haider, who died yesterday, was driving twice as fast as local maximum speed. According to police, he was driving 142 kilometer pro hour, though locally it is illegal to drive over 70 kilometer. While trying to overtake another car, Haider‘s car got off the road and got into an upside down spin. He died immediately.

See also here.

It is to be hoped that this police report will kill extreme Right rumors now going around of their “hero” Haider supposedly having been killed by “the Jews”, “the Muslims”, “the communists”, whatever. However, myths often need more than one factual report to die.

Austrian extremist Haider dies

This video, in French, is about Jörg Haider and other extreme Rightists in Austria commemorating the “heroes” of Adolf Hitler’s Waffen SS.

From British daily The Guardian:

Austrian far-right leader Jörg Haider dies in car crash

Austrian president says death of controversial politician is a ‘human tragedy’

This may indeed look like a tragedy to Haider’s family and friends. But others may think that the end of Haider’s political career is in itself not a bad thing, though they may prefer that it would have happened not by death, but by Haider’s withdrawal from political life; or, better still, Haider’s repudiation of his praise of Adolf Hitler’s SS and economic policies, his anti-Semitism and other racism, and other disgusting policies.

Already, neo nazis on the Internet are propagating the newest of their myths: this time, of Haider supposedly having been killed by “the Muslims”. Yeah right, “the Muslims” and/or “the Jews” and/or “the communists” and/or “the liberals” etc. etc. etc. are to blame fo EVERYTHING; from your girlfriend breaking up with you to rainy weather to dry weather etc. etc. etc. [sarcasm off] The Austrian police has stated that Haider died while driving too fast while overtaking another car in a curve. But blaming “the racial enemy” is so much easier …

See also here.