Skip to comments.Austria's conservative 'whizz-kid' in election triumph
Posted on 10/15/2017 11:29:17 AM PDT by mandaladon
Vienna (AFP) - Austria's political "whizz-kid" Sebastian Kurz was on course Sunday to become Europe's youngest leader, potentially in coalition with the far-right, after his conservative party looked to have triumphed in elections.
Kurz's People's Party (OeVP) won 30.5 percent of the vote, followed by Chancellor Christian Kern's Social Democrats (SPOe) on 27.1 percent and the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) on 25.9 percent, projections on public TV showed.
Kurz, 31, nicknamed "wunderwuzzi", ("whizzkid") took over the OeVP in May and managed to attract supporters in droves by depicting himself as a breath of fresh air, talking tough on immigration and vowing to slash taxes and red tape.
"I promise I will fight for great change in this country. It's time to establish a new political style and a new culture in this country," Kurz said Sunday.
But to form a government Kurz will have to enter a coalition with one of the other parties.
The most likely partner is seen as the populist FPOe of Heinz-Christian Strache, 48, although this is far from guaranteed.
"We are waiting for the final result," OeVP general secretary Elisabeth Koestinger said Sunday.
"We will form a coalition for the next five years with the party that can enable us to achieve and change the most in this country."
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Pushing far-right themes, he wants to cut benefits for all foreigners, reduce bureaucracy and stop the EU having too much say in national affairs -- in common with Strache.
The last time the FPOe entered government, in 2000 under controversial then-leader Joerg Haider, who praised Hitler's "orderly" employment policies, Austria was ostracised in Europe.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~He should get along well with President Trump...
Does Yahoo understand that AFP should have used “whiz-kid” and not “whizz-kid”?
Tu felix Austria...
Let’s not have another Justin Trudeau. Please.
The Muslims will have to find another country.
Maybe Germany will take them.
Somebody’s lack of familiarity with idiom is showing. That would be “wiz-kid,” as in wizard.
“Whizz” is slang for something else entirely.
Uh-oh, another existential threat to the EU’s carefully-prepared bleeding-heart policies ... clearly this guy must be de-legitimatized before other voters actually start listening to what he has to say ...
so, time for the Great Euro-Media Smear Machine to rev up and paint Kurz as the second coming of Hitler in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ....
expect lots of references to the “far right” or “extreme right” in the next few weeks
I would term it a return to sanity effect.
I will say this though, this is exactly what Trump sought to support at the U. N., when he praised nationalistic individualism.
Right there at the U. N., Trump advocated for strong nationalism, stating that’s what helps a nation’s populace the most.
This was a massive blow to the U. N. and the E. U. models, that push the idea of centralized international governance to be the best thing for humanity.
Perhaps the people in Austria were listening. If so, excellent. The outcome is excellent either way.
That was the best speech at the U. N. I can remember.
It put the organization in it’s place.
Both spellings are commonly used interchangeably.
Bro, do you even lift?
Oh, I bet they were speaking “Austrian”.
Or even Wizz kid? (But that’s Hungary’s airline).
“so, time for the Great Euro-Media Smear Machine to rev up and paint Kurz as the second coming of Hitler in 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 ....”
They already have been doing that. The Soroscrats lost another one.
“Analysis | How dirty campaigning and fake Facebook sites came to dominate the Austrian election”
There is always France and England.
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