"Make Austria Great Again"! Far Right celebrate glorious Victory in General Election!

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Meet the 31-year-old Austrian on course to become the world's youngest leader - after vowing to end illegal immigration

The front runner in Austria’s election ended his campaign with a familiar message today: Sebastian Kurz pledged to make Austria great again.



Meet the 31-year-old Austrian on course to become the world's youngest leader - after vowing to end illegal immigration


Austria's OVP, led by Sebastian Kurz, is the clear favourite to receive the most votes on October 15. The party is projected to win up to 33 percent of the vote, according to opinion polls.

Christian Kern's left-leaning SPO are set to compete with Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) for second place, with both predicted to win around 25 percent of the vote.


With no party expected to win a clear majority, the most likely outcome appears to be a coalition government led by the OVP with the support of the FPO.

Such an outcome would place the FPO, under the leadership of Heinz-Christian Strache, in government for the first time in more than a decade.

Their last period at the helm of Austrian politics, spanning from 2000-2007, prompted other members of the European Union to impose sanctions in an attempt to ostracise the country.




Austria's Election: What you need to know






Further Reading


Austrian People's Party - Wikipedia

Freedom Party of Austria - Wikipedia



C'mon the Brex Effex!




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I thought Norbert Hofer was leader of the Freedom Party?
 

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The Hoffmeister was Candidate for President but Strako has been Party Leader since 2005.
 

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Kurz's party, the ÖVP, is definitely damaged merchandise, caused by 40 years of Grand Coalition with the Sozis. It is a party rife with graft, corruption and cronyism, endemic when the two largest vote- getters have been in the saddle for so long.

I watch a lot of German political talk shows and have been following Kurz for a while. He makes many an appearance on them. Last year, he came across as a smooth operator (as opposed to politicians such as Gauland, Weidel and Petry) but somewhat cuckish. Increasingly he seems to have taken a harder tack to the right, hopefully out of principle, but likely also for strategic reasons: to steal votes from right-wing SPÖ members and ambivalent folks in the FPÖ.

Whatever the case, this bodes well for Austrians, who really don't allow others to use their past as a cudgel against them to the same degree as do the Germans. The AfD should take its cues from the success of the FPÖ. Wishing the same for the CDU/CSU is a fool's errand.
 
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