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South Tyrol to Austria?

Austrias third presiding officer of the parliament, Martin Graf, started a discussion if South Tyrol should become a part of Austria. The controversial politican of the Freedom Party demanded a national referendum if South Tyrol should stay a part of Italy, or return back to Austria.

The minister president of North Tyrol, the part of Tyrol which belongs to Austria, G√ľnther Platter, is not very excited about such an idea. He said that Mr. Graf should be aware of the responsibility of his position, and declared that his statements in this case are “indiscriminate and unrealistic.”

Platter adds “borders are history”, and that “we live in a united Europe anyway”. He also underlines the perfect cooperation between North and South Tyrol, “which is so good as never before.” “Let’s look into the future instead to talk about a new demarcation”, is the opinion of North Tyrols minister president.

Also the minister president of South Tyrol, Luis Durnwalder, labeled the wishes of Martin Graf as “unrealistic and irresponsible.” Durnwalder believes that most of South Tyrols inhabitants would prefer to stay in Italy.

Critics for Graf also from the Socialdemocrats. Laura Rudas said that he should resign. Peoples Party man Christoph Leitl thinks that Graf still lives in the past century. Austria lost the Southern part of Tirol after the first world war in 1918.


7 Kommentare zu “South Tyrol to Austria?”

  1. herta nye

    as an austrian i think that the people in sued tirol should be entitled to vote wether they want to be counted as austrian or italien. i hope they would want to belong to AUSTRIA.EU HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH IT AUSTRIA DID NOT DESERVE TO LOSE SUED TIROLIN 1918

  2. Agha Waqar Yunus

    As a foreigner student in Austria (and above all as a neutral person), I also believe that it is the will of the people of Sued Tirol. Only they have the right to decide their fate.

  3. Fritz Leutgeb

    Let the People decide

  4. tom Cassatt

    Yes, South Tirol should be part of Austria which should be part of a larger Germanic Nation encompassing all German people. The borders of Europe should be redrawn to follow cultural/linguistic lines rather than the existing illogical borders drawn up by politicians of the past. Rather than all the small countries that presently exist, i.e. Albania/Kosovo, Romania/Moldova, etc. allow people of the same ethnicity to be together as one country. This would eliminate many of the problems Europe has faced throughout history.

  5. Paul DiFanti, Jr.

    South Tirol should be returned to Austria. It’s ethnicity/language is Germanic and it’s history is Austrian. The existing Italian presence had been through contrived migration efforts to supplant the indigenous culture orchestrated by Mussolini and his expansion ambitions. If via the European Union we have a so called united Europe there should be just as strong an argument to return So. Tirol to Austria than to have it retained by Italy. Italy’s means of acquiring it in the first place were part of a bribe to disavow it’s alliance with the Austrians and Germans and replace it with one to the British and French. Italy’s reward was gratuitous and Austria’s punishment unjust following WWI respectively. Despite these political measures having occurred almost a century ago, the injustice remains no less present—just as it would be wrong to cede an Italian province to another country as a result of exploitative agenda, even within a united Europe.

  6. Matt Cassatt

    The province of Bolzano-Bozen is located at the northernmost point in Italy. The province is bordered by Austria to the east and north, specifically by the Austrian federal-states Tyrol and Salzburg, and by Switzerland (canton of Grisons) to the west. The Italian provinces of Belluno, Trento, and Sondrio border to the southeast, south, and southwest, respectively.

    The landscape itself is mostly cultivated with different types of shrubs and forests and is highly mountainous. Entirely located in the Alps, the province’s landscape is dominated by mountains. The highest peak is the Ortler (3,905 m) in the far west, which is also the highest peak in the Eastern Alps outside the Bernina range. Even more famous are the craggy peaks of the Dolomites in the eastern part of the region.

    The following mountain groups are (partially) in South Tyrol. All but the Sarntal Alps are on the border with Austria, Switzerland, or other Italian provinces. The ranges are clockwise from the west and for each the highest peak is given that is within the province or on its border.

  7. Mike Hagon

    Bolzano is constantly among the top-ranked cities in Italy when it comes to quality of life. It has one of Europe’s lowest unemployment rates, excellent services and a wonderful landscape. Also, many Italians affirm they would like to live in Bolzano. People recognize that the city is a bit expensive, though.

    Bolzano has many peculiarities. It’s an Italian city with an Austrian flair. In the city centre you will hear people speak mostly German or Austro-Bavarian. Nowadays, however, Italian and German-speaking people are living together in bilingual Bolzano. Generally “Bozner” or “Bolzanini” are friendly and helpful. Most German-speaking people can speak Italian, but Italian-speaking people are unlikely to be able to speak German. Nevertheless, many young people can also speak English and a few can speak French too. In South Tyrolean schools the learning of the second language (Italian for German and vice-versa) and of English is compulsory.

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