Austrian general election, 2017

Breanainn

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Has not been officially called yet, but the Vice-Chancellor and leader of the Peoples' Party has resigned, with his expected successor calling for a snap vote. Seeking to curb the growth of the Freedom Party, he has been noted for a strong position on immigration, but as the FPÖ has recently voted to maintain membership of both the eurozone and the EU, the election would be less pivotal than last year's presidential ballot:

Austria's conservative star wants snap vote, coy on party role | Reuters
 


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The problem with Austrian politics is that both the SDP and the ÖVP have moved to the right to try to combat the FPÖ.

To an extent it is working, but the stuff that the SDP and the ÖVP politicians are saying is disturbing.

The likely new ÖVP leader Sebastian Kurz has proposed a new Islamgesetz (Islam Law) making illegal foreign funding of mosques and salaries of imams, and regulating the version of the Koran that may be used in Austria. When Russia makes foreign funding of Russian NGOs illegal there is a massive outcry from Western governments, but when one of those governments does the same that is fine. As regards regulating the version of the Koran that may be used, imagine the U.K. saying that only the King James version of the bible can be used in the U.K.?

The ÖVP now want an election because with Sebastian Kurz as leader they are pulling 5% from the FPÖ and 8% from the SDP. That would make them the biggest party in an election with a choice of who to govern with. The latest poll shows:
ÖVP: 35
FPÖ: 25
SDP: 21
Greens: 9
NEOS (liberal): 7

Those figures would let the ÖVP choose among (i) coalition with the SDP, (ii) coalition with the FPÖ and (iii) coalition with both the Greens and NEOS.
 

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fingers x for FPO. Hofer was cruelly cheated out of the presidency on December by Green bellend van der Bellen who thinks that Austrian women should wear the veil in solidarity with muslims.
 

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fingers x for FPO. Hofer was cruelly cheated out of the presidency on December by Green bellend van der Bellen who thinks that Austrian women should wear the veil in solidarity with muslims.
There was me thinking Austria was a democracy where the electorate could vote! How many times does Hoffer need to lose the same election for the penny to drop with some on this website?
 

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fingers x for FPO. Hofer was cruelly cheated out of the presidency on December by Green bellend van der Bellen who thinks that Austrian women should wear the veil in solidarity with muslims.
What next.....A little bit of female genital mutilation just so that everyone feels included.........
 

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The Front National is having a debate on having a more pro EU stancet. I wonder if we could see far right parties accepting the EU and what that could mean for European politics
 

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The Front National is having a debate on having a more pro EU stancet. I wonder if we could see far right parties accepting the EU and what that could mean for European politics
Mass deportations, hopefully.
 

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The Front National is having a debate on having a more pro EU stancet. I wonder if we could see far right parties accepting the EU and what that could mean for European politics

Integration.
 

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The problem with Austrian politics is that both the SDP and the ÖVP have moved to the right to try to combat the FPÖ.

To an extent it is working, but the stuff that the SDP and the ÖVP politicians are saying is disturbing.
Not "disturbing" enough however.

Removing all Muslims and Africans from Europe is what's needed, and the sooner the better.
 

TheMushyStuff

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Not "disturbing" enough however.
Removing all Muslims and Africans from Europe is what's needed, and the sooner the better.
So you mean to say ethnic cleansing is needed for people who have becoming to Europe for thousands of years and are here legally.
Some who the Europeans brought as slaves or labour.
 

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Surely they won't reelect the green loon again after the insane statement he made about women wearing the veil just to appease muslims, Hoffer would never have suggested such rubbish.
 

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Very good film on BBC2 now about Nazi take over and selective institutional memory when Jews returned to claim their property.
It's Philomena for Austrians with Helen Mirren instead of Judi Dench
 

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OVP seen as likely to abandon Grand Coalition and enter coalition with anti immigration Freedom Party for first time since 2000. Hopefully the EU will not show the same hysteria they did the last time that happened.
 

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FFS are those Austrians at it again?

Another feckin' election... :roll:

No doubt they'll veer right this time... blah blah blah...
 

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Austria could yet be the saviour of the EU. They just need to stand firm against the multiculturalists. About 10 years ago the Austrians held out (for a few hours) against the start of Turkish EU membership talks before they were steamrolled out if the way. Turkish EU membership anybody ?
 

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I have two comments to make:

(1) The FPO is rising in the polls at the end of the election campaign. The assumption since Kurz was elected OVP leader and gave them a 10% boost in the polls is that the OVP would be the largest party, would provide the chancellor and could choose its coalition partner. As the FPO would be the junior coalition partner there would not be so much criticism from other EU member states. The FPO as the largest party makes a coalition between the FPO and the OVP less likely.

(2) An OVP/FPO government will shift Austria's position at an EU level, aligning it with Hungary, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic, all of which are, in relative terms, hostile to the Juncker/Tusk leadership of the EU. The Danish government is not so far away from that camp. Italian opinion polls show the anti-immigrant Five Star Movement with 27%, approximately the same level as the governing Democratic Party, and the even more anti-immigrant Northern League with 15%.
 

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Austria could yet be the saviour of the EU. They just need to stand firm against the multiculturalists. About 10 years ago the Austrians held out (for a few hours) against the start of Turkish EU membership talks before they were steamrolled out if the way. Turkish EU membership anybody ?
They are starting to win the argument against Turkish EU membership, judging by Merkel being forced to come out against it in the election debates.
 


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