Born in Kapfenberg
, Pilz has been a member of the Austrian Parliament (Nationalrat
) between 1986 and 1991 and since 1999. From 1992 to 1994 he also was federal spokesperson
of the Greens. His main area of interest is legal matters and political corruption
. Commonly known wearing a black jacket and a red, grey or green T-shirt, he was the first Austrian politician to keep a blog
on the Internet.
A few months later, Pilz claimed that a person whom he called "Zeuge D" (German
: "witness D"
) has information that Iranian president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
had participated in the murder of 3 Kurds
in Vienna in 1989. According to him the Austrian police had already contacted the witness, who supposedly lived in France
, but this was denied by the Austrian Ministry of Justice.
On 25 July 2017, with the disappointment of Green leadership and lack of responses in refugee and migrant crisis, he announced his independent campaign for the elections to the Austrian parliament in the autumn
. He headed the Peter Pilz List
, a group of intellectuals, artists and entrepreneurs, critical toward the establishment. His new party cleared the 4 percent threshold for entering parliament in the election and handed a major defeat to the Greens, whose support fell to 3.9 percent from more than 12 percent in 2013.
On 4 November 2017, after sexual harassment allegations came to light, Pilz announced that he would not take his seat in the National Council, and the seat was assumed by Martha Bissmann
On 22 May 2018, Pilz and his party announced that he would return to parliament before summer, as the trial against him had ended.
- ^ Jenny, Marcelo (2019). "Austria: Political Developments and Data in 2018". European Journal of Political Research Political Data Yearbook. 58 (1): 21–29. doi:10.1111/2047-8852.12268. ISSN 2047-8852.
- ^ Cathy Buyck (November 4, 2017), Austrian party leader resigns over harassment accusations Politico Europe.
- ^ "Austrian politician resigns amid sexual harassment claims". Associated Press. 4 November 2017.
- ^ Peter Temel (4 November 2017). "Vorwurf der sexuellen Belästigung: Peter Pilz tritt zurück". Kurier. Retrieved 4 November 2017.
- ^ Liste Pilz hält Krisensitzung ab, Bißmann übernimmt Mandat. In: DiePresse.com. 4. November 2017, viewed 6. November 2017.
- ^ 2016 Transparency Report National Council.
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