Monday, October 06, 2008

Austria Goes More Conservative

Elections over the last weekend of September.

The winners on this historic day were, however, the FPÖ (Freedom Party) and BZÖ (Haider’s “new” party), which together make up the right-wing parties. Heinz-Christian Strache was able to increase the number of his voters from 11% to 18%, while Haider tripled his support to 11%. And while the center-left parties pretended to be stunned, political commentators and many others were not surprised: the parties’ success had been looming for the last couple of weeks. Polls were in complete agreement about the outcome. Together FPÖ and BZÖ gathered nearly 30% of the votes.

In general, these parties are anti-Brussels (EU), and anti-unlimited-immigration.

This election will not necessarily change the course of Austria, as some coalition must be established with a Left-ish party (some Socialist outfit.)

Naturally, the rightists are called "Nazis" without equivocation.

Interesting sign...

HT: Orwell's Picnic

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