Austria: Rise of the far right

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He is only 31 years old, but he already did something great. Sebastian Kurz, leader of the Austrian People’s Party, won the legislative elections on October 15th with 31.7%. He is about to become the youngest Austrian Chancellor, and the youngest European political leader.

Following the results, the far right wing and Sebastian Kurz talked to make a coalition, according to the declaration of OVP’s Leader: “I decided to invite Heinz-Christian Strache (FPO leader) to start the negotiations” noting that he already had “very constructive” preliminary discussions with him, and he hopes that the coalition will succeed. Sebastian Kurz wants to make a coalition with FPO because he thinks that they are able to “make great changes”. However, they have to agree on some points, especially European point, Sebastian Kurz wants to have a “pro-European government”. The legislatives’ winner also wants to adopt an “anti-islam” policy, and securing borders. The conservative leader, who is about to become the youngest political leader in the world,  said in the Israeli press that “zero tolerance” for anti-Semitism was a “clear prerequisite” for getting into his government.

The whole Europe is waiting for the end of this Austrian political story, to see if the “far right wing” conquest continues on the old continent, after German, Polish and Czech elections.

Florent Druon, IEJ 1D

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