Alcohol could be the last resort amid high inflation – Austrian chancellor — Analysis
Karl Nehammer said that Europeans may have limited options if Brussels doesn’t contain inflation.
The EU faces an uncertain future “enemy”The form of “absurdly high”Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer stated that inflation and energy costs are two of the major challenges facing Europe at an OVP party conference in Tyrol. However, if the bloc’s leaders fail to meet these challenges, he said, Europeans might be left with few options to help overcome their hardships – apart from alcohol and drugs.
EU should take steps to counter rising prices and increasing energy costs “in such a way that we do not drive inflation up but try to rein it in collectively,”The chancellor said to his colleagues on Saturday that it was “anything but easy.”
Nehammer said that EU leaders could not leave the situation as it is. “If we continue like this, you will only have two options afterwards: alcohol or psychotropic drugs.”He said, “He added…” “alcohol is basically OK. But… the main thing is that you make a toast when you are feeling good.”
Although his words were intended to be humorous, they fell on deaf ears of politicians as well as the general public. Nehammer’s “flippant remarks”You can only show the “complete failure”His government and that it is “overwhelmed”Michael Schnedlitz (Austria’s MP and General Secretary for the Right-Wing Freedom Party (FPO),) spoke out about the difficult times it is currently facing. “wrong choice”for the chancellor and calling for early elections
Franz Schnabl is a Social Democrat and the Second Deputy Head of Lower Austria. tookTo social media, to condemn what he called “the depravity”the OVP. He called Nehammer’s jokes “unbearable”A situation where “a significant part of the nation is sliding into poverty.”
Many Austrians are critical of the chancellor. One woman saidShe can be found on Twitter at “was at a loss for words” over Nehammer’s comments, and another person calledHis choice of words “Kafkaesque.”
The chancellor’s office sought to smooth things over by telling Austria’s Kronen Zeitung that Nehammer was only trying to “convey confidence”With his joke even though it was made in a flippant manner. On social media, some mocked his explanation. “If you find yourself in a hole, stop digging. When you stop digging, you are still in a hole,”Nicola Werdenigg, a well-known skier and activist in politics, tweeted.
1. Stop digging if you are in a hole. When you stop digging, you are still in a hole.Law of holes as a friendly service for 🇦🇹 Bundeskanzleramt#Nehammer
— Nicola Werdenigg (@NicolaWerdenigg) July 9, 2022
These developments occur as Europe is experiencing soaring energy costs and inflation due to the Russia-Russia standoff over Ukraine’s military operations. EU placed severe sanctions on Moscow. They specifically targeted oil and coal exports. However, they are looking at alternatives to imports of Russian energy.
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