Austrians Elect Far-Right, Anti-Immigration Party

Austrians Elect Far-Right, Anti-Immigration Party
April 25, 2016 Admin

Good news from Austria this morning, at least on an emotional and symbolic front, as the “Far Right” Austrian People’s Party wins the presidential election.

In Austria the Prime Minister, not the president, is the executive of the country, but the election is still highly relevant, as it signals a massive shift in Austrian politics.

From The Local:

Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) won 36.7 of the vote, followed by Alexander van der Bellen backed by the Greens on 19.7 percent and independent candidate Irmgard Griss on 18.8 percent, projections showed.

From the governing coalition, Rudolf Hundstorfer from the Social Democrats (SPÖ) came joint fourth with just 11.2 percent, level with Andreas Khol from the People’s Party (ÖVP).

Hofer made headlines during the campaign for openly carrying a pistol on his person while campaigning. Which seems to me to be exactly the type of politician a country like Austria needs.

I have followed the Freedom Party in Austria for the last 13 years, and am enormously happy the Austrian people seem to be waking up to the threats facing them. I am also happy they seem to be hanging the main political parties out to dry:

The result, if confirmed, means that for the first time since 1945, Austria will not have a president backed by either the SPÖ or ÖVP.

Support for the two parties has been sliding for years and in the last general election in 2013 they only just garnered enough support to re-form Chancellor Werner Faymann’s “grand coalition”.

Austria also no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union and Faymann’s coalition, in power since 2008, has bickered over structural reforms.

The next general election is due in 2018. The FPÖ is currently leading national opinion polls with more than 30 percent of voter intentions, boosted by Europe’s migrant crisis.

“This is the beginning of a new political era,” FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache said after what constitutes the best-ever result at federal level for the former party of the late, SS-admiring Joerg Haider.

“One thing has become clear here — a huge and massive dissatisfaction with the government… I am convinced that as president, Norbert Hofer, will act as protector of the Austrian people,” he said.

The Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the centre-right People’s Party (ÖVP) have dominated Austrian politics since 1945 and form the unloved current government of Chancellor Werner Faymann.

The president, who is ensconced in the Habsburg dynasty’s former palace in central Vienna, has a largely but not entirely ceremonial role, and usually comes from one of these two parties or had their backing as an independent.

Support for the two main parties has been sliding for years and in the last general election in 2013 they only just garnered enough support to re-form their “grand coalition”.

“Like elsewhere in Europe, we are witnessing the downfall of the traditional parties,” political analyst Peter Hajek told AFP.

Leading opinion polls ahead of 2018 general elections with more than 30 percent is the far-right FPÖ, boosted by Europe’s migrant crisis despite a firmer line in recent months from Faymann’s government.

Austria also no longer has the lowest unemployment rate in the European Union and Faymann’s coalition, in power since 2008, has bickered over structural reforms.

The FPÖ — which under the late, SS-admiring Joerg Haider sent shockwaves around Europe after entering government in 2000 — came second in state elections in Vienna and in Upper Austria last year.

“In the past, the presidential election focused on personalities but this year political issues have also come into play. Hundstorfer and Khol will have to pay for their parties’ failings,” said Karin Cvrtila of pollster OGM.

Heads could roll in the current government if neither candidate makes it into the run-off, she added.

Having a president not from either of the two main parties could shake up the traditionally staid and consensus-driven world of Austrian politics.

Hofer — the “friendly face of the FPÖ” who likes to carry his Glock gun in public — has threatened to fire the government if it fails to get tougher on migrants.

Van der Bellen has said he would refuse to swear in FPÖ leader Heinz-Christian Strache as chancellor in 2018.

“The role is like that of a sleeping giant who has a lot more authority than people are aware of,” legal expert Manfried Welan told AFP.

“I can only say that I have a good feeling that things are looking good,” Hofer said as he cast his vote on Sunday morning.

While it is certainly hopeful that Austrians have shifted gears and elected such an individual and such a party, it will still be impossible for Austria to survive without some kind of civil war/4GW strife. Let us hope that the election foreshadows an urge to live that will allow the good people of Austria to retake their country from the traitors and invadeders besieging it!

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Comments (5)

  1. Michael 1 year ago

    Any win for the Right is a celebration of a sea change in the populations request for a Party that will bring real change

  2. Ste-G 1 year ago

    This can only unite and strengthen the will of the people for change. Congratulations!

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Thanks for the comment Ste-G! I am hopeful it does indeed catalyze change in Austria, and beyond.

      Would love to hear any other thoughts you have on Europe and our people!

  3. VivatEuropa 1 year ago

    Well…yeah. A change in Europeans’ outlook on this is one of the first things needed, no doubt about it, one of the things we’re looking for at this early, pitiful stage in the war. Every political victory by the Right, I suppose, will also further erode whatever impact the media’s go-to code word, “far-right,” may have on the public. Of course, WE know what it means. It’s a code word for Europeans who don’t welcome their own dispossession, displacement, and extinction. Or, as Henry Makow tweeted today, you’re “far-right” if you want a country of your own.

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      Admin 1 year ago

      Well it does seem as if things can shift quite rapidly. I NEVER would have guessed what we have seen with Trump in America. But yeah it will be interesting to see what happens over the next couple years with the French National Election next year and this Austrian one in 2018. We have yet to see a right-wing anti-immigration party fully take power in a Western European country. I would not be surprised to see the establishment suicidalists in whatever country it was in use extra-legal means to prevent it. I think the increasingly harsh censorship we are seeing is heralding a sea change in which these traitors try to double-down on any perceived nationalist/preservationist opposition.

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