Donald J. Trump has become the President-elect and will replace the 44th president in office Barack Obama, in January next year. With the media against him and little to no support from the GOP Donald Trump’s win is not far from a miracle. When he announced that he would run for president, nobody gave him a chance, and even on Election Day all the polls were in favour of the democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. The outcome of the US-election will undoubtedly affect Europe in one way or another as the United States are the most powerful nation on earth and a true friend of every proper democratic country in Europe.
Both candidates of the two big American parties fought a hard battle and surely gave their best. While Hillary Clinton’s argument was that she is a woman, Donald Trump’s argument was that Hillary Clinton is actually a “crooked snake”. The election campaign of both candidates differed in major ways. Whilst Clinton tried to be very respectable, bar the time she called half of Donald Trump’s voters deplorable, Trump led a very aggressive campaign with a combative, and at times very funny, rhetoric. Hillary Clinton also led a campaign of praising, her praise being directed at Barack Obama. That was also one of Hillary Clinton’s problems, as she only vowed to continue Obama’s work, while she did not put forward many new proposals. She did not promise change. That is what Obama did in the year 2008 and swept his rival John McCain aside. Trump also promised change, but it was no sweeping aside comparable to that of Barack Obama. This election was not as much a win for Donald Trump, as a loss for Hillary Clinton. The Democrats have lost 6 000 000 votes in comparison to Obama’s campaign in 2007 while Donald Trump did not even gain a 1 000 000 new voters compared to Mitt Romney’s losing campaign in 2011.
Personally, what worries me about Donald Trump is his warm and naïve approach towards Russia and Vladimir Putin. Although I do not think that it will last long and soon President-elect Trump will realise what Russia’s, or perhaps rather Putin’s, true ambitions are and that it will be very difficult to cooperate with them, he will wise up and oppose the aggressor that Putin is. Trump’s victory will also have a positive effect on Europe or more precisely on the European members of NATO. His tough stance on the American role in NATO will push other members to raise their military and defense spending and put more money into the NATO. This will make Europe more independent and our safety will not rely as much on the US as it does now. What could worsen after Trump’s stepping into office is trade between Europe and the United States. Donald Trump plans to embed protectionism into the American economy, which could potentially make it more difficult for European products to step into the US market. All of this is only speculation of course, as it is not very clear what Donald Trump will truly push from his agenda and it will also be dependent on his final choice of staff and advisors.
What could Austrian politics en masse learn from this? Frankly, not much in my opinion because it is already too late for it. Trump has beaten the establishment of the United States, something that has already happened in Austria. It is too late for the SPÖ and ÖVP now as they have been beaten by miles in the presidential race and their wiggly government is most likely not to survive until the last day of their mandate. Concerning the election of the future president, Austria is in a bad position like the US was too. On one side, there is a populist who would be of no benefit to the European Union. On the other side, there is a former communist. For me personally, the reason why I would favour one over the other is their stance on the European Union and foreign politics in general. But now it is too late for the in my opinion, best candidate, Irmgard Griss. The ÖVP and SPÖ have to pick themselves up now and try to come back strong in the next parliamentary election, but it will be very tough for them and neither of them will presumably go out as a winner. Apart from this, looking at how the coalition is working out now, it is not highly probable that they would be willing to form another coalition together. Thus, new alliances and partnerships will have to be forged in Austria.
- Adam Klokocka -
Finally, the nerve-wracking presidential election in the USA has come to an end. But with the shocking result we now know that the election campaign of to-be-president Trump was just a little foretaste of what is about to come.
Over the last year, the whole world watched in suspense how America was torn between two very strong presidential candidates. These two differ in many ways, but one major difference was the way they led their election campaigns. While one toured peacefully accompanied by strong female personalities, visited concerts and delivered speeches in which she made clear that not only the United States of America would prosper under her lead, the other managed to start discussions on topics which shocked everyone. His campaign was also accompanied by huge scandals which made him even less appropriate for the job of being the president of the USA and sparked off a wave of hate and racism.
No wonder that almost everyone was shocked when this candidate, Donald Trump, won the election. The 9th November started as a normal day for me, but that changed as soon as I had a look at my phone and ultimately started to cry. Now, I knew that I cared about the outcome but I never thought that I cared that much. When the final results came in and Trump’s win was confirmed, I looked around and saw everyone having almost the same reaction as I had. The emotions we all felt were shock, disbelief, fear and loss of hope.
Today, after some time and thinking, I finally understood why my reaction was so intense. It’s hard for me to watch countries elect people who are simply not fit to lead, after watching my own country, the Czech Republic, elect a racist alcoholic who I now have to call my president. People want change, I understand that. But please Austria, let your change happen with the help of love and not hate.
- Dora Borakova -
Mit RUSSISCH Kontakt zu 31 Nationen: 14. Internationale Schüler-Russischolympiade, Moskau: Das BG/BRG Laa/Thaya war dabei!
Auf Grund des Doppelsieges beim 30. NÖ. Fremdsprachenwettbewerb bekam unsere Schule einen der begehrten Plätze für die 14. Internationale Schüler-Russischolympiade in Moskau.
Durch verschiedene organisatorische Umstände waren unsere Acht- und SiebtklasslerInnen verhindert und so fiel die Wahl auf Jakob Bauer aus der sechsten Klasse, der in dieser Woche eine intensive Auseinandersetzung mit der russischen Sprache und Kultur erleben durfte. Er war der jüngste in der zehnköpfigen österreichischen Delegation, die anderen waren alle Maturantinnen und Maturanten aus fünf verschiedenen Bundesländern.
Am Donnerstag, dem 24.11.2016, fand um 18:30 Uhr im Festsaal des Bundes- und Bundesrealgymnasiums Laa an der Thaya der alljährliche Präsentationsabend der Oberstufe statt.
Begleitet von einem Rahmenprogramm der vierten Klassen, beginnend mit einem Schattentheater der 4B sowie einem französischen Chanson mit Übersetzung der 4A, versorgten die Professorinnen und Professoren Mag. Gindl, Mag. Bauer-Ableitinger und Mag. Brezina die Viertklässler und deren Eltern mit wichtigen Informationen zur Oberstufe im Gymnasium Laa an der Thaya. Dabei wurden vor allem die Schwerpunkte der Schule (Sprachen, Naturwissenschaften, Mathematik und Informatik) hervorgehoben.