Ursula Stenzel

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Ursula Stenzel in Vienna (2014)

Ursula Stenzel (born September 22, 1945 in Vienna ), actually Schweiger-Stenzel, is an Austrian politician . She worked for decades as a journalist for ORF and then switched to politics as a member of the ÖVP's European Parliament . For the state and municipal council elections in Vienna in 2015 , however, she ran as an independent candidate on the FPÖ's list . She has been a non-executive city councilor in Vienna since June 29, 2016, initially in the provincial government and city senate of Häupl VI, after Michael Ludwig took over the office of mayor and governor in 2018, in the state government and city senate Ludwig .


Stenzel comes from a Catholic - Jewish family. Her father came from a Nordbahn family of engineers; her mother was the daughter of a chasan in the synagogue on Rotensterngasse ( Leopoldstadt ), her great-grandfather was a rabbi there . Stenzel grew up in the grandfather's official apartment on Rotensterngasse. Her parents stayed in Vienna during the Nazi era and were able to survive thanks to the help of the parish of St. Nepomuk . Ursula Stenzel was married to the actor Heinrich Schweiger from 1983 until his death in 2009 .

Career as a journalist

Stenzel graduated from the Catholic high school St. Ursula in the 23rd district in Vienna. After completing her studies in journalism , political science and contemporary history , she was an editor and presenter at ORF for almost 30 years . She became known throughout Austria as the spokesperson and presenter for Zeit im Bild , the main daily news program on Austrian public television.

Career as a politician

After leaving the ORF, Stenzel was a member of the European Parliament and head of the ÖVP delegation in Brussels from 1996 to 2006 .

In the municipal council election on October 23, 2005 , in which the district representatives were also elected, she ran for the ÖVP Vienna as the top candidate for the district parliament of the first district of Vienna, the Inner City . During the election campaign, she was particularly noticeable because of controversial demands. In an interview she was able to imagine the closure of parks for non-residents and argued for the closure of punch stands and against street artists in the pedestrian zones. Even after the election, Stenzel spoke out against the so-called “New Year's Eve Path” (stalls with drinks and snacks that are set up on December 31st on the Graben) in the old town and advertising banners on the scaffolding of St. Stephen's Cathedral .

The ÖVP achieved a clear electoral success with 3,428 votes (+ 10.21%) and 18 seats and relegated the SPÖ , which is striving for the district head, to second place with 2361 votes (+ 4.20%) and 13 seats (see: District representative election in Vienna 2005 ). On December 22, 2005, Ursula Stenzel was elected district head with 20 of the 40 district mandate votes. Because of her fame, Stenzel managed to get her concerns into the media again and again. In the district representative elections in Vienna in 2010 , the ÖVP lost two seats with her as the top candidate, but remained the party with the strongest vote in the district.

In the following years, the ÖVP was also the target of their criticism, for example because it had not prevented the introduction of the registered partnership and, in the person of Asdin El Habbassi, sent a Muslim to the National Council. On November 11, 2014, the Viennese regional organization of the ÖVP announced that Ursula Stenzel would no longer be nominated as a VP top candidate for the 2015 district council election . A day later, she herself announced that she would hold office until the election. She reserves the right to apply with her own list.

In March 2015, she then definitely announced her re-candidacy. In September 2015 it became known that she was running as an independent candidate in third place on the FPÖ list in the 2015 state and municipal council elections in Vienna . In addition, she was nominated as the FPÖ's top candidate for the district council election.

In the election on October 11, 2015, the FPÖ came in second place in all of Vienna (see state and municipal council elections in Vienna 2015 ), but only in third place in the inner city after ÖVP and SPÖ (see district representative election in Vienna 2015 ). Stenzel therefore moved into the local council for the FPÖ and did not accept her mandate in the district council. The transfer of office to Markus Figl , which she had postponed according to media reports, took place at the constituent meeting of the new district council on December 22, 2015, exactly ten years after Stenzel's first election as district head.

In January 2016 , Stenzel was under discussion as an FPÖ candidate for the federal presidential election in spring 2016 . However, on January 28, 2016, the party decided on the third President of the National Council, Norbert Hofer, as its candidate. In the election campaign, she assumed that her father, Alexander Van der Bellens , the former federal spokesman for the Greens who ran as an independent candidate, had sympathized with the National Socialists. She was unable to provide any evidence to support this claim.

In May 2016 it was announced that Stenzel would succeed David Lasar as a non-executive Vienna City Councilor in June 2016. On June 29, 2016, Stenzel was sworn in as a non-executive councilor of the FPÖ and thus a member of the state government and the Häupl VI city senate . Since Michael Ludwig took over the office of mayor and governor in May 2018, she has been a member of the Ludwig state government and city senate . In May 2020, Stenzel announced her withdrawal from politics after the state and municipal council elections in October 2020, but in August 2020 she announced that she would run for the FPÖ again. In the 2020 district council election , she is the FPÖ top candidate for Vienna's first district of Inner City.


Against Stenzel's stance regarding curfew hours at pubs in Vienna's 1st district, the Viennese club scene formed in February 2011 and distributed a satirical music video via YouTube under the title "Ursula Stressned" (a cover version of "Barbra Streisand" by Duck Sauce ), which gained wide media coverage within a few days.

In April 2019, Stenzel compared the interview style of ORF presenter Armin Wolf with judges of the People's Court . Representatives from NEOS and SPÖ responded by calling for resignation. Former Federal President Heinz Fischer described the statement as unacceptable.

In September 2019 Stenzel took in Vienna in a parade of right-wing extremist identitary and delivered a speech at the final rally. As a result, all parties with the exception of the FPÖ demanded an exclusion from the party and Stenzel's resignation as a non-executive city councilor. Stenzel stated that she was not aware that “representatives of the Identitarian Movement should also have been present”. If she had known, she would “of course not have attended this event”. She ruled out a resignation. A year later, shortly after the announcement of her standing for the FPÖ in the Vienna municipal council election 2020, she said she did not regret her participation and would participate again because not all identities are right-wing extremists .

Renewed calls for resignation and criticism arose after it became known that in a state parliament debate on the subject of asylum seekers in the apprenticeship , she knew “hoteliers who are very happy - I say it disrespectfully, although I don't mean it - a ' To hire domestic Afghans' because they get you cheaper and do less work. "

In an interview in the format “Fellner! Live ”at oe24.tv , she said with regard to the climate protection movement that she considered Greta Thunberg to be a“ PR construct ”and repeated her view from a Facebook posting in which she brought the Fridays for Future movement close to the RAF Terrorism of the 1970s. In addition, she indicated the CO 2 emissions with the unit “ gigabytes ”, meaning gigatons. The latter was subsequently distributed via the social network Twitter and caused amusement and various comments.

Blue Shield - Protection of Cultural Property

As district head of the first Viennese district ( Innere Stadt ), which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site as an ensemble , she shared political responsibility for the preservation of this cultural heritage. In November 2011, Stenzel became President of the Austrian National Committee of Blue Shield International . In this function, she signed a letter of intent on April 25, 2012, together with the President of Blue Shield International, Karl Habsburg-Lothringen , and the then Rector Jürgen Willer, to establish a Blue Shield Chair at Danube University Krems.

On June 15, 2012, Stenzel appointed Kammersänger Johan Botha as Blue Shield Ambassador for the protection of the intangible cultural heritage. At the 6th Conference of Ministers for Cultural Heritage from 22.-24. April 2015 in Namur she represented Blue Shield. In addition to the Namur Declaration of the Ministerial Conference, she initiated the Namur call for the protection of cultural heritage in the event of armed conflict.

Stenzel also repeatedly and vehemently criticized the high-rise building on Vienna's Heumarkt, which was supported by the red-green city government, in particular because of the height of the new building that was too high for this location and the destruction of historical lines of sight.

In autumn 2018 Agnes Husslein was elected as the successor to Ursula Stenzel as President of the Austrian National Committee of Blue Shield International.

Awards and memberships (extract)


  • Heinrich Schweiger, Ursula Schweiger-Stenzel: Pictures of an Actor: Photos and Theater Stories. Edition Tusch, 1995 (2nd edition), ISBN 978-3-85063-203-4

Web links

Commons : Ursula Stenzel  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. ^ A b Vienna election: Ursula Stenzel stands for the FPÖ. In: The press . Retrieved September 1, 2015.
  3. Renate Graber: “I want to give Vienna back urbanity.” Interview with Ursula Stenzel. In: Der Standard, May 22, 2006.
  4. a b Ursula Stenzel on bourgeois aberrations - derStandard.at. Retrieved September 22, 2020 (Austrian German).
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  9. ^ FPÖ Vienna: Nepp becomes club boss, Stenzel councilor In: Die Presse , October 13, 2015.
  10. ^ Salzburger Nachrichten: Van der Bellen's father had no Nazi connection. Retrieved September 22, 2020 .
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  12. Ursula Stenzel sworn in as a non-executive FPÖ city councilor. In: derStandard.at , June 29, 2016.
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  16. Christoph Schwarz: The inner city problem area: How the parties wrestle for the city. In: Kurier.at . August 11, 2020, accessed August 17, 2020 .
  17. "Ursula Stressned" as a YouTube protest. The Viennese club scene defends itself against curfew with a viral music video ( memento from February 19, 2011 in the Internet Archive ) In: Kurier.
  18. "Ursula stress ned": Protest song against curfew. In: Die Presse , February 16, 2011.
  19. Wolf compared with a Nazi judge: FPÖ against Stenzel's resignation. In: kurier.at . April 26, 2019, accessed September 8, 2019.
  20. Heinz Fischer criticizes Ursula Stenzel for “People's Court” comparison. In: diepresse.com . April 27, 2019, accessed September 8, 2019.
  21. ^ FPÖ city councilor: Stenzel on right-wing extremist march. In: orf.at . September 7, 2019, accessed September 7, 2019.
  22. Right-wing extremist march: parties demand Stenzel's resignation. In: orf.at . September 8, 2019, accessed September 8, 2019.
  23. Stenzel would again take part in an identity rally - derStandard.at. Retrieved September 22, 2020 (Austrian German).
  24. Cheap "house afghans": Excitement over Stenzel's statement in the Vienna Landtag - derStandard.at. Retrieved September 22, 2020 (Austrian German).
  25. Ursula Stenzel spoke of "38 gigabytes of CO2 emissions" in an interview. In: derStandard.at. December 6, 2019, accessed December 6, 2019 .
  26. ^ Danube University Krems - press release
  27. OTS, APA June 16, 2012
  29. ^ FP-Stenzel zu Heumarkt new: Incomprehensible stubbornness of the red-green city government . In: OTS.at . December 16, 2016 ( ots.at [accessed October 17, 2017]).
  30. Agnes Husslein-Arco is 65: Art connoisseur on the smooth society floor . Article dated May 18, 2019, accessed May 18, 2019.
  31. Blue Shield Austria elects Agnes Husslein-Arco as its new president . OTS announcement of October 3, 2018, accessed on May 18, 2019.
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