Ulrike Lunacek (Greens), openly lesbian EP Vice-President notorious for her abortion-and-sodomy militantism, is going to leave the European Parliament. She will return to her native Austria to be the Green Party’s “lead candidate” (Spitzenkandidat) in the upcoming national elections.
The role as “Spitzenkandidat” does not mean that it is likely that Mrs. Lunacek could become Austria’s next Federal Chancellor; the party has too little support for such ambitions. Instead, Mrs. Lunacek, who describes her Party as “the only group left of the center” (a remarkable self-positioning, which lets understand that everyone outside her own in-group is either “right”, or “far right”, or worse), hopes to win enough support to be able to join a coalition with the Socialist and Liberal parties.
With Lunacek, the European Parliament’s powerful coalition for “progressive” causes such as sodomy and abortion loses one of its most assiduous leaders. Despite her ideological bend, Lunacek can certainly be described as a clever and intelligent politician with considerable organisational and strategic skills, and as a committed workaholic. Her name will forever remain associated with the so-called “Lunacek-Report”, a (non-binding) roadmap to “mainstream” LGBT and “gender” ideology into EU politics, which, despite having triggered unprecedented opposition of EU citizens (who normally don’t care much about what goes on in the EP) was adopted by a narrow majority of MEPs that included some EPP Quislings. However, the national parliament in Austria is less likely than the EP to offer her a platform for her oftentimes extremist sodomy-campaigning, given that citizens are more likely to be put off by such activism being carried out at the domestic level rather than by hearing about it taking place far away from home, in Brussels or Strasbourg. It is even entirely possible that Lunacek, as a result of her return into national politics, will soon face a career down-turn similar to the one suffered by Martin Schulz, whose status as a former President of the EP did little to win him the admiration or love of the electorate.