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Wikileaks: Criticism of Austrian Politicians by the U.S.

Published: December 5, 2010; 22:49 · (Vindobona)

The critical view on Austria's leading politicians on part of the U.S. is written down in the recent revelations of the Wikileaks platform.

Wikileaks: Criticism of Austrian Politicians by the U.S. / Picture: © Vindobona.org

The same as for numerous world leaders, an unflattering portrait of U.S. diplomacy of local government officials has been made known over the disputed information platform Wikileaks.

The Federal Chancellor, Werner Faymann (SPO), is accused of lacking interest in foreign policy. The same criticism also applies to the Defence Minister, Norbert Darabos (SPÖ) In addition Darabos is also allegedly  uninterested in international security policy. On the other hand, Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger (ÖVP) however focuses too much on the promotion of Austrian economic interests. In sum, U.S. diplomats are from "concerned" and "frustrated" to "extremely disappointed" about the Austrian representatives. This is what the German magazine "Der Spiegel" says about the reports from the U.S. Embassy in Vienna.

Between the image of itself drawn by Austria in the world and the real, "modest" performance there is a big gap. Austria's refusal to take in Guantanamo inmates as well as the business relations of Austrian companies with Iran or North Korea is also reported on. Raiffeisen, OMV and the arms manufacturer Steyr-Mannlicher are also in the focus of criticism.

Darabos expects a clarification on part of the U.S. ambassador. He shows himself as "very surprised and astonished" by the criticism. After all, he voted despite "massive public criticism” for the deployment of the Austrian Federal Army in Chad and doubled the number of troops in Bosnia. Darabos thinks that the rejection of an Afghanistan mission and the criticism of Austria on U.S. plans for a missile shield may be the context for these views on part of the U.S.

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