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October 12, 2004

Sudden realisation

I suddenly realised this morning that Austria hasn't had a Foreign Minister for — how long? One month? Two months? Three months? Does anybody know? Has anybody else noticed?

There was a bit of a debate about who would become Benita Ferrero-Waldner's successor when it was announced that she would become an EU commissioner in Brussels, but this seems like a long time ago. She's been in Brussels for a while now and still no successor has been named, nor does it seem likely to happen anytime soon. Who has been in charge of Austrian foreign policy since then? Has there been any foreign policy at all? Does anyone even care?

Posted by Horst on October 12, 2004 10:41 AM to news of the world | Tell-a-friend

dieter said on October 12, 2004 11:41 AM:

Has there been a foreign policy for the last four years? I didn't see any, and I think, therefore, the difference does not really matter. How can you make people vote for a party that might have a better policy but seems uncapable of communicating it? Not that I would vote for that party, but I also didn't vote for the actual government. So, who cares? How do you say "Politikverdrossenheit" in English?

arved said on October 12, 2004 03:36 PM:

At least the current foreign minister can't do anything wrong, so maybe it is an improvement and we should hope nobody will ever notice

Carlos said on October 12, 2004 03:37 PM:

We in The Netherlands haven't missed the austrian minister for Foreign Affairs.

Richard said on October 12, 2004 04:13 PM:

Well, at least President Fischer seems to be interested in foreign policy, but he seems to be the only one.

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