Skip to comments.Austria’s far right takes power with little fanfare in altered political climate
Posted on 12/21/2017 8:47:03 PM PST by GonzoII
VIENNA Dont let the Nazis govern!
Even as the chant rang through a crowd of several thousand people gathered in the streets this week, the nations president made official a development unthinkable just a few years ago: An unapologetically far-right party once again is holding the reins of government in Austria.
Despite the protests, President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in a coalition government headed by Chancellor Sebastian Kurzs conservative Peoples Party (OVP) in alliance with the far-right Freedom Party, (FPO) a political party whose antecedents date back to former Nazis after World War II.
With a seat at the table again after almost two decades afloat in political exile, the FPO plans to take advantage of warmer waters in the European Union for right-wing governments in order to push for nationalist and conservative policies. In a sign of the changing times, an earlier coalition government that included the Freedom Party in 1999 led to a crisis with the European Union and unprecedented sanctions against Vienna.
But after the Brexit vote in Britain, President Trumps election in the U.S., a popular backlash against unchecked immigration from the Middle East and other global hot spots, and the growing electoral success of right-wing populist parties across the Continent, the international reception this time to the 31-year-old Mr. Kurzs ascension to the top job has been totally different.
There is a palpable spirit of optimism, said FPO lawmaker Kurt Liechtenstein. The abortive developments of the last decade, and the previous governments conscious policy of ignoring the worries and fears of the people, simply had to propel us to power. It was just a question of time.
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Nazis are left wingers not right wingers.
right - the Nazi promoted centralized government and dictatorial power of its leaders.
>right - the Nazi promoted centralized government and dictatorial power of its leaders.
It was more of an issue of their socialism and eugenics. Nazi eugenics was taken whole from US progressives and their 3ed way socialism was so inefficient and predatory that they were not able to leverage their huge empire into providing enough weapons for the army.
In Europe, if you represent the citizens of your country and don’t want to flood the country with foreigners, you are far-right.
Same as here.
“...and the previous governments conscious policy of ignoring the worries and fears of the people, simply had to propel us to power. It was just a question of time.”
The elites and the establishment ignoring the voice of the people is and has been a problem everywhere. But in doing so, they have sewn the seeds of their own destruction... and those seeds are now starting to bear fruit everywhere.
Yep. Every time I read “far right” now, I think centrist.
I wonder if Frau Merkel is trying to force Europe in this direction by causing enough pain to trigger a reaction.
No, shes just a globalist.
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