Austria: upgraded “Anti-Discrimination” Law once again defeated

AustriaThe Socialist Party has once again tried to “level up” existing anti-discrimination legislation, pushing for a bill to make it compliant with the European Commission’s controversial draft Directive. But transposing a Directive that has not yet been, and perhaps never will be, adopted was not to the taste of their coalition partner, the (conservative) Austrian People’s Party (Österreichische Volkspartei). Apparently the People’s Party, which recently has on many occasions shown an inclination to drift towards the left, is beginning to realize that this has not won any new voter support and that, on the contrary, voters are wary that the legislation that the Socialists are so eagerly pushing for would set an end to contractual freedom and subject to state control a wide array decisions that until now citizens are allowed to make freely.

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