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Peter Pilz

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Peter Pilz (middle) on his 50th birthday
(Austrian Armed Forces Photograph)

Peter Pilz (born January 22, 1954) is an Austrian politician and a leading member of the Austrian Green Party.

Born in Kapfenberg, Styria, 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.

He is mainly concerned with legal matters and investigating 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.

In January 2005, Pilz made international news when he called for Arnold Schwarzenegger to be stripped of his Austrian citizenship. As Governor of California, Schwarzenegger had refused to intercede in the execution of a convicted murderer, Donald Beardslee. Pilz pointed to an Austrian law which prohibits any Austrian from taking part in, or ordering, an execution.

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Spokespersons of the Austrian Green Party
Johannes Voggenhuber - Peter Pilz - Madeleine Petrovic - Christoph Chorherr - Alexander Van der Bellen
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