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Main pictureRows of empty seats in the National CouncilAPA / ROLAND SCHLAGER

The resignation of Anschober also leads to discussion about the politician profession: Is it still an option for the best minds? Are too much expected of politicians? And: Have you had any experience in politics yourself? Discuss with us!

Anyone who goes into politics has to have thick skin. But are too much expected of politicians? And does he still attract the right people? The debate was rekindled by the resignation of Minister of Health Rudolf Anschober.

He doesn't want to "ruin himself," said the green politician. Thoughts have been given to that Ulrike Weiser made in an editorial. “Of course, the overload was also due to himself. He could have made it a little easier: fewer interviews, fewer appointments. But perhaps you are trying, especially when you have the badge 'burn-out' stuck on your forehead, to prove that you can achieve a lot. And maybe someone who always applies it consensually, who looks for mistakes in himself and apologizes, has a particularly difficult time in politics. Whereby you have to ask yourself: working through 14 months - could anyone else have done that? "

Other politicians have also justified their resignation in recent years with the heavy burden, for example ex-Neos boss Matthias Strolz, who stated in interviews, among other things, that he had not taken the step, his marriage would have failed. The "nightmare job politician" was also the focus of a discussion program on "Puls 4", in which Strolz alongside ex-ÖVP boss Reinhold Mitterlehner and the former green front woman Eva Glawischnig. It was agreed that politics had become more unrestrained, tougher. Mitterlehner and Glawischnig also named - or above all - their own parties as a reason for resignation. She also went to Novomatic “out of spite”, according to Glawischnig. By the way, she has since left.

There is life after politics, writes Oliver Pink and analyzes "the different types in the post-political space". Of course, some of them still like to interfere with daily politics with comments.

But that's not all active politicians have to put up with. Anschober reported at the press conference about how he was threatened and needed police protection. Other members of the government, such as Justice Minister Alma Zadic (Greens) or Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner (ÖVP), had to deal with extreme hostility and the consequences. Neo-Minister Martin Kocher has already had experience of personal attacks, as he said in the "press" interview: That takes you "more with you than you think. That is often what brings the barrel to overflowing. Not so much the stress, but the constant attacks. "

The subject of privacy has many facets. publicist Peter HuemeIn a guest commentary, r asks himself: "Are messages from elected top politicians still private or does the protection of privacy have to fall here?" His text is about the SMS messages between Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Finance Minister Gernot Blümel and Noch-ÖBAG- Chef Thomas Schmid.

On the one hand, it is about day-to-day politics and haggling, on the other, it is about "fundamental democratic-political" issues - "an indissoluble contradiction", said Huemer. In any case, they observe that “respect for those who rule us has decreased dramatically in the media and in public. And it is very likely that this process will intensify considerably in the near future. "


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