The modern Austrian government fears the Habsburgs because it understands rightly that it is illegitimate two times over. Now if the FPÖ were to be in charge, perhaps that would be another matter.
In any event, The wording of the article suggests that the claim was presented under the wrong jurisdiction, rather than that it is denied without recourse. Perhaps the claims should be pursued through EU administrative channels.
If Jewish emigrants can make claims against Germany and Austria on the basis of being "Holocaust Survivors" then certainly the Habsburgs have a right to make a claim for restitution on the same basis.
Unless, that is, there is one law for Jews and another for Gentiles.
I wouldn't count on there not being a different law for nobility as opposed to the much lauded "common people"
It is worth noting that, as I mentioned on the other thread, it was the FPÖ's Suzanne Riess-Passer who had the nerve to publicly address Archduke Otto and Archduchess Regina as "Your Imperial Highnesses" at their golden wedding anniversary in 2001, for which offense she was furiously rebuked by the Socialists.
However, I was disappointed to read that another FPÖ politician could only muster a rather half-hearted and backhanded defense of Emperor Karl during the beatification controversy, something like, "I'm against the constant trashing of the Habsburg family, but does he have to be beatified?"
It's interesting that despite their differences on the European Union, which I'm afraid HI&RH seems to view through rose-colored glasses, Archduke Otto has spoken out in favor of Jörg Haider's right to participate in Austrian politics.