aktualne.atlas.sk: Aren’t you afraid that Wolfsthal will change to a Slovak village – that there will be more Slovaks than Austrians?
Gerhard Schödinger: Not at all. Firstly, we are not planning any further big development projects, secondly, the citizenship state in one’s passport is of second-range importance to me. People living here are simply Wolfsthal people to me and therefore members of the community.
I always tell the skeptics that we all have the same visions on how to live well. So where’s the problem? And according to this rule we behave in Wolfsthal and building the infrastructure testifies this. We’re glad that life came to the community together with young families.
An interview with Wolfsthal’s mayor Gerhard Schödinger about Wolfsthal’s development, its focus on middle class and young families, about relationship to Bratislava or Vienna and about details of cooperation between villages and city parts.
screenshot from the document ‘Grenzfall Kittsee’ by ORF, in the time of publishing this post unavailable to watch
As a response to the short documentary by ORF about enormous growth of the village of Kittsee, Slovak tabloid press released a short text, taking out the most critical sentences and suggesting that the Slovak people living in the village are not able to integrate and are ‘pulling themselves’ to the West.