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Austria Votes For Right Wing President. Will other EU countries follow?

jmcc

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It seems that Austria has voted for a Right wing president rather than a Left wing or Centre Left president. It is only the first round of the process but at 36% it is a bigger vote than the Left wing candidates. A run-off election will apparently be held in May. Could this indicate that countries in the EU may be shifting right?

Austria election: Far-right tops first round of presidential vote - BBC News
 


peader odonnell

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Well when Haider was elected the EU boycotted Austria because it voted "the wrong way"(remind you of anything),so much for respecting the will of the people.
 

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Very interesting that the Freedom party is back given how they virtually bankrupted the Austrian state they managed up to 2009, and their leader had his colourful private life exposed. Not very in keeping with the party image (and illegal in Austria to say exactly why).
 

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Wilders has a good chance of becoming Dutch PM next year. His PVV party are leading the polls there.
 

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But what about other EU countries like Germany and France? Could The Front National really change things in France?
 

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I often wonder how genuine the claims of "far right" actually are. I don't read any one as right or libertarian (libertarian being the traditional and correct reference for right wing parties). Unless the party comes out strongly in favour of cutting government, increasing individual rights and reducing taxes I don't really attach the label of "right" given how misused the word is now days.
 

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According to one Austrian bookmaker, the Environmental candidate (Van Der Bellen) is the favourite in the run off.
But he is no dead cert.
https://www.interwetten.com/en/sportsbook/l/406768/austrian-presidential-election-2016

I expect most voters who voted for anyone that hasnt made it to the second round will switch their vote to Van der Bellen.
My estimate is that Van der Bellen needs nearly 70% of these votes to overtake Hofer in the second round.
This assumes that people who voted in Round 1 for Van Der Bellen or Hofer, and people who didnt vote in Round 1 will vote the same way in Round 2.

The whole thing is similarish to the 1990 Irish Presidential election.
Brian Lenihan was clearly ahead after the first count but it was obvious that Mary Robinson would win after the second count.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_presidential_election,_1990#Result
 
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Odd that Ireland is going the other way, the three centre-right parties are down to 100 and A left wing president.
Tories reelected without Liberals.
France has to do fixed runoffs to see off the FN.
Now Austria.
Dutch can't be far behind.
Czechs, Poles, Slovaks ain't playing ball on migration
German states do not reflect centre government.

Greece went left but it's academic since they've no sovereignty.
Spain's election was indecisive.
God knows what Italy is like.
US could have a maverick or a right wing loon v a recidivist flip flopper or social democrat.
 

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Poll from today showing Geert Wilder's PVV winning 38 seats in the Dutch Parliament and becoming the biggest party. They currently have 15 seats.

 

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According to one Austrian bookmaker, the Environmental candidate (Van Der Bellen) is the favourite in the run off.
But he is no dead cert.
https://www.interwetten.com/en/sportsbook/l/406768/austrian-presidential-election-2016

I expect most voters who voted for anyone that hasnt made it to the second round will switch their vote to Van der Bellen.
My estimate is that Van der Bellen needs nearly 70% of these votes to overtake Hofer in the second round.
This assumes that people who voted in Round 1 for Van Der Bellen or Hofer, and people who didnt vote in Round 1 will vote the same way in Round 2.

The whole thing is similarish to the 1990 Irish Presidential election.
Brian Lenihan was clearly ahead after the first count but it was obvious that Mary Robinson would win after the second count.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Irish_presidential_election,_1990#Result
Mary Robinson ? what is her net worth these days ? how many tax payer pensions and homes does she own ?

It's a bit rich for a liberal socialist ? then again Gimmiemore seen the light,FREE FOOKING MONEY, just sell them the sh1te and they keep buying it.

Le Pen is the big one, if she gets the nod next year it will all change, the people of Europe are getting worried about their national identity being stolen by stealth , the millionaires behind it all will never have to live in affected areas or worry about day to day stuff. It ain't rocket science to work out how better off our children will be if we just stopped Merkel and the rest of these loons from wrecking the place.
 

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We can but hope.
 

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The real story isn't the election of the far-right, it's the conditions under which voters elect them into power.

Any 1st year political science student will tell you that increased immigration leads to increased support for these parties.

There isn't even a third step - more immigrants = more far right support.

Yet the elites are intent on fostering unwanted immigration on their people.

Why ?
 

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Lrt the hysteria begin amongst all who believe in the nEU empire.
 

gleeful

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The real story isn't the election of the far-right, it's the conditions under which voters elect them into power.

Any 1st year political science student will tell you that increased immigration leads to increased support for these parties.

There isn't even a third step - more immigrants = more far right support.

Yet the elites are intent on fostering unwanted immigration on their people.

Why ?
I dont see how Austria had any role in promoting the refugee crisis.
 

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Time for Suds to go apesh1t. He has been keeping a low profile since his oension provider got revealed to be a bit of a kick prople onto the road type landlord.
 

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The real story isn't the election of the far-right, it's the conditions under which voters elect them into power.

Any 1st year political science student will tell you that increased immigration leads to increased support for these parties.

There isn't even a third step - more immigrants = more far right support.

Yet the elites are intent on fostering unwanted immigration on their people.

Why ?
Vested interests: Cheap Labour, tenants etc.
Europhiles: Killing of Nationalism so as to make future United States of Europe a big possibility.
 

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ISIS will be delighted.
 

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I often wonder how genuine the claims of "far right" actually are. I don't read any one as right or libertarian (libertarian being the traditional and correct reference for right wing parties). Unless the party comes out strongly in favour of cutting government, increasing individual rights and reducing taxes I don't really attach the label of "right" given how misused the word is now days.
Libertarian is a fairly new word to common discourse especially outside the United States. 'Conservative' has long been the most popular word to describe the right wing.
 

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Great news. Voting "far"right is the only rational response to the planned destruction of a continent.
 

SEAMAI

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Austrians voting for the right should be no big surprise. Deciding to go to the left would be though.
 

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