Right Wing Strong On Europe Fears Ahead Of Austria Poll
Europe, Come Build With Us! Here Are The Very First Tickets To The Disrupt Europe Hackathon
A cult of personality surrounds Strache, or “HC”. Last week he released a rap song entitled “Stand up if you’re for HC” sung by the leader dressed in leather jacket and sunglasses while party workers awkwardly dance and clap. (www.hcstrache.at) A comic book of cautionary tales the FPO sent voters this week, featuring “HC Man” as a kind of superhero, urged: “Daham statt Islam” – “Homeland, not Islam” – and Strache has called burqa-clad Muslim women “female ninjas”. Around 1.6 million people, or 19 percent of the Austrian population, are first- or second-generation immigrants. Around a third are from other EU countries, another third from the neighboring former Yugoslavia, and most of the rest are Turks. Anti-Turkish feeling in Austria, whose capital was twice besieged by the Ottoman Empire in the 16th and 17th centuries, is such that Chancellor Faymann felt forced to deny having produced a Turkish-language election poster during a TV debate with Strache last week. Opinion polls suggest the ruling parties will win just enough votes for another term, an option preferred by Chancellor Faymann but not necessarily by the OVP, which flirts with a center-right alliance. The best chance of such a right-wing alliance’s taking power is that the OVP performs so poorly that pro-Europe leader Michael Spindelegger has to resign. Political analyst Wolfgang Bachmayer, head of the OGM marketing institute, said: “One doesn’t know how the leadership positions will look after the election… then the OVP’s attitude towards the Blues (FPO) could perhaps be different.” The biggest threat to the FPO comes from the new party of 81-year-old industrialist Stronach, known as Team Stronach. The party has garnered up to 10 percent in opinion polls, largely at the FPO’s expense, triggering a peculiarly Austrian macho rivalry that culminated in the octogenarian and the 44-year-old Strache publishing topless pictures of themselves. Despite his public derision of Stronach, Strache does not rule out a coalition with his party. And even if Strache remains outside government, the main parties are likely to come closer to his position as the euro crisis continues, Bachmayer said.
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