“If the ÖVP [Austrian People’s Party], as one of the ruling parties, clearly argues in support of a common EU army in its recently presented new party programme and thus is willing to conform to EU militarisation even more closely, it further undermines the Federal Constitution and therefore acts unmistakably contrary to the provisions of neutrality and thus unconstitutionally,” says an apalled Inge Rauscher, spokesperson for the forthcoming EU exit referendum, which will be held from June 24 to July 1, 2015.”An Austrian participation in an EU army would be a clear and definitive breach of neutrality.”
The Federal Constitutional Law on Austrian Neutrality - which we recommend for reading at least once to our “people’s representatives”, in particular ÖVP Vice Chancellor Mitterlehner and ÖVP-Secretary-General Blümel – establishes in Article I: “For the purpose of the permanent maintenance of her external independence and for the purpose of the inviolability of her territory, Austria of her own free will declares herewith her permanent neutrality which she is resolved to maintain and defend with all the means at her disposal.” And further below: “In order to secure these purposes Austria will never in the future accede to any military alliances nor permit the establishment of military bases of foreign States on her territory.”
By its “common foreign and defense policy”, in particular since the entry into force of the Lisbon Treaty – i.e. the actual “EU Constitution” – the European Union has given itself a limited “ius ad bellum” (right to war). These EU missions all over the world can also be “wars on terror”. But terrorism is a notion hard to define. With the concept of terrorism in a third country, for example, the invasion of that third country and its occupation can be justified. This Foreign and Security Policy – euphemistically called “peace policy” – has clearly broken away from the UN ban on violence. This authorisation to war, tied to the obligation for rearmament and common defense – even far from home – is clearly directed against Austria’s constitutionally enshrined neutrality.
“Austria joined the EU in 1995 – after a barrage of fear-mongering and lies that were drummed into the Austrians before the referendum – as a neutral country. The government at the time promised before this referendum on 12 June 1994, among other things, that Austria’s perpetual neutrality would stay unchanged. But also that promise has long since been broken – see Austria’s participation in the economic war (sanctions) against Russia. With the recent motion of the ÖVP, neutrality is to be carried further to the grave!
A people such as the Austrian one, was not struggling for sovereignty and freedom as a “perpetually neutral state” for 10 years after the terrible Second World War, to now, 60 years later, submit to the interests of a NATO / EU alliance, clearly declared as offensive. We want peace through genuine neutrality. The will of a nation’s citizens to be neutral and to remain it for all time, as Chancellor Leopold Figl (also ÖVP!) promised the Austrians and the peoples of the world – ‘Austria is free!’ – in 1955, is in to be respected by all means. All surveys have shown that the Austrians want to be neutral and to stay neutral. Therefore YES to the EU exit referendum from 24 June to 1 July 2015 in all Austrian municipal offices”, concludes Inge Rauscher. •
Source: APA-OTS press release dated 31.3.2015
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