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Wels / Vienna. Emotional speech, battle announcements, aviation jumps after a successful free style: The leader of the SPÖ party in Wels, which ended on Sunday, can definitely be considered a success of the new party leader, Pamela Rendi-Wagner. After all the turbulence in recent weeks and months, it was also essential. Not only the president himself fell on Saturday after his election with 97.81% visible stone from the heart. Even among the delegates, at least for a weekend, something like optimism spread. One dares to the new boss something. "With a good feeling," you can now go to work, said Randy-Wagner on Sunday at the end of the party congress.
It is also clear to delegates, ordinary officials and parliamentarians that Rendi-Wagner must present the content – although there are now four years to complete the thematic positioning. Opposition work still needs to be begun – that was heard in Vels by many delegates. In fact, the SPÖ needs a whole year to finally put an end to staffing problems and to eradicate the wars that were already clearly visible before the October 2017 parliamentary elections, changing the countries at the top.
Specific help in the center
One year, this is a lot of time at the speed at which the ÖVP-FPÖ coalitions work. The longer the SPO has to stand out with a significant opposition policy, the stronger the voters' image is that the comrades are "on the sand". "We are a little bit battered," admits Evelin Regner, second in the EU elections in May 2019, admits on Sunday. So what does Randy-Wagner intend to do with the endangered party?
In terms of content, unlike its predecessor, who speaks a lot about future big issues, it focuses on the everyday reality of its potential voters: health care, housing, education and school, and last but not least women's policy. Many political scientists are convinced that an empathic-looking woman at the top may be an effective contrast to the current government with its favorite subject of foreigners. Already on Saturday, Randy-Wagner presented the first taste of how the new opposition policy could be achieved: saving a month of rent by reducing VAT (currently 10%), reducing rents through a new universal rental law and eliminating fees for brokerage services for tenants and buyers of apartments, "Our goal is to improve the living conditions of people," is related to the Congress saga Rendi-Wagner.