Austrians Sign Petition to Leave European Union

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With the financial crisis in Greece reaching a fevered pitch, many have wondered what might happen to the European Union if their most debt riddled member jumps ship. Will it cause a domino effect of defaulting nations, equally interested in leaving this unnatural union? It’s hard to say how it all might pan out, but it’s important to note that anti-EU rhetoric isn’t limited to Greece. Calls to leave the Union are being heard in unexpected places.

Over 260,000 Austrians have signed a petition calling for the EU exit for the country, and now the Austrian parliament must discuss a referendum on the issue.

Overall, the 261,159 people who signed the petition represent 4.12 percent of the electorate.

The petition was most popular in the regions of Lower Austria (where 5.18 percent of potential voters signed it) and in Carinthia (4.85 percent).

The threshold for calling a debate on a potential referendum is 100,000 people.

The petition was launched by 66-year-old retired translator Inge Rauscher, who composed a similar petition in 2000. On that occasion, it was signed by 3.35 percent of the electorate.

Rauscher told The Local that there was probably more support for a referendum now because of the economic crisis and the Greek crisis.

In a press release, she said it was “a great result.”

Unlike Greece, Austria is an extremely wealthy nation, with one of the highest standards of living in the world. Which kind of makes you wonder right? Everyone has been talking about the consequences of what would happen if a financial basket case like Greece leaves the EU, but what happens if one of the more stable and functional nations leave? What if the people who are carrying the weight of the insolvent, decide that they’ve had enough?

All this talk about Greece causing the unraveling of the EU, hasn’t taken wealthy nations into account, even though the whims of their populations should really scare EU leaders. The woman who launched the petition claims that if their country leaves, each household would save 9,800 Euros per year. If that’s truly the case, then it doesn’t sound like the EU can spare Austria.

As for the chances of this happening, it’s hard to say. Current polls place support for measure at around 33%, but Austrian politicians like Robert Marschall think the number is closer to half of the population. He suggests that many of the polls are biased, because they don’t give any anonymity to voters.

We’ll probably find out soon, one way or another. Now that this petition has achieved a sufficient number of votes, their parliament will have to debate the possibility of creating a referendum on the issue. Even if they don’t have enough votes now, that may change if Greece leaves the Euro, and wealthy countries like Austria are stuck with their bill.

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  • http://www.dontflyoverwater.com FarleyLives!

    Let’s ALL opt out of being sureties for AZZWIPES in USA INC who are stooges for the banksters

    • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

      How do you propose we do so, assuming that you haven’t, yourself?

      • Undecider

        It starts by making a personal decision to be free.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          That comes after mustering the courage to oppose the vast majority of the other slaves and resisting the strong drive to stay in status quo.

      • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

        He has done more than anyone else on here in that regard.

        • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

          Where is the tally?

          • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

            In his informed statements, community contributions, and posted links that are better than anybody else’s on the topic.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            With the exclusion of the vast majority of the population that doesn’t post here.

          • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

            Yes that’s what is meant by the word community.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Arrogance

          • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

            Not arrogance, a smaller group.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Megalomania

          • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

            There are many adjectives to describe your behavior but we aren’t talking about that. I was defending Farley, I still am.

          • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

            Dr. Walter Block wrote a book about that, proving that he knows more about it than either of us.

          • http://www.shitsenders.com Я0llyJ0g3r

            I’ll take note and check him out.

  • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

    There is no good reason for the EU to be considered any more unnatural a union than the United States is.

    • MW Hohimer

      And personally I think the US should break up too.

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        Give it some time and a few patriots who have more courage than those who would rather go along to get along. Texas might get enough incentive from Jade Helm to do what they’ve had several opportunities to do in the last couple decades. If they get some pushback, they might be forced to defend themselves, and that might make the whole thing avalanche. If the western food producing states decide to boycott the eastern food markets, what will they do?

    • Nexusfast123

      It could be viewed that way from the perspective of imposing a single currency across what are historically economically disparate States. The US is different historically in terms of its adoption of the Dollar.

      • http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/political_reading_room/ disqus_3BrONUAJno

        True, it was forced on us by the jackals of Jekyll Island.

  • sharonsj

    Nice to see other nations waking up to the corruption and theft by politicians and their bankster owners. We need to see more of that here.

    • SKIP

      What we need to start seeing is race traitors and treasonous politicians hanging from light poles!

      • Reverend Draco

        What’s a “race traitor?”
        Is that someone who cheats at Formula 1?

        • Razedbywolvs

          Maybe he means NAACP Leader Rachel Dolezal. I don’t really see hanging the mentally ill as a solution to any problems.

          • Reverend Draco

            Nor do I.
            But in his case, I think I’d like to see how it turns out.

  • Doski

    Austria and Germany should be RUNNING away from the Euro ! They took about a 50% Fiscal Haircut upon joining the E.U. and are now bearing the burden of Supporting those who were, are and will remain Insolvent. They have become SLAVES to the Parasites at the E.C.B. and Irresponsible Governments to which they are currently Tethered.

  • molon_labe

    Austria gains nothing from the EU. There’s definitely some shady shit going on to get them in it in the first place.

  • Stenka Razinova

    Era of Chaos juste ended. The era of total disrespect and disobedience of governments,
    is moving in.

  • Freespirit

    Although I am not American, may I take the LIBERTY of suggesting 2 PETITIONS to be create for and by Patriots of the REPUBLIC: 1.) To LEAVE NAFTA/ NAU and 2) to LEAVE the U.N.

    THAT should upset the “applecart” for the ZIONIST Establishment which controls the United States Government and the Fed

    AND that should start the “ball rolling” back towards FREEDOM

    It will certainly give those PUPPETEERS, Nightmares :-)

  • Mike

    The entire EU just like the entire US needs to break up and be done with their respective governments.

  • ccambridge

    Only a couple of countries in the EU are pulling the apple cart while the socialists country stand by and laugh. It is compatible to the good old USA. When a group isn’t doing their fair share its time for a divorce. It’s not right that a successful hardworking people subsidize the slouches of society.

  • Gearmoe

    The Euro was pushed on countries and now it is coming apart, no surprise.