Just weeks after the right-wing AfD party’s strong showing in the German election, Europe’s anti-establishment movement got yet another boost with Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) surging ahead in the country’s parliamentary election held on Sunday. The Freedom Party, Europe’s oldest surviving right-wing party, secured the second spot winning 27 percent of the vote – the party’s best election result since 1999.
The center-right People’s Party (ÖVP) came in first with 31 percent of the vote and is expected to invite the Freedom Party to join the next coalition government.
The Freedom Party campaigned on the promises of putting an end to the ongoing Islamization of Austria and getting tough on illegal immigration. “Let us put an end to this policy of Islamization as soon as possible,” Freedom Party’s leader told his supporters at a rally earlier this year. “[W]e need a zero immigration and in fact even negative immigration while all illegals and [immigrant] criminals should be expelled from the country.”
Party’s entry into the government could “result in a more aggressive position from Vienna on many EU topics, including immigration” predicted the British business daily Financial Times. The anti-EU Party could “occupying top government posts such as the foreign and interior ministries” the newspaper added.
“The Patriot Spring is not over yet. It is just beginning,” said Dutch politician and leading European critic of Islamization, Geert Wilders, reacting to Sunday’s result.
German public broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported the Austrian election result:
The People's Party (ÖVP) won 31.6 percent of the vote in Sunday's parliamentary elections, marking a major victory for the 31-year-old Kurz, according to the latest vote count by state broadcaster ORF.
If the ÖVP keeps that vote count, they're set to lead parliament with at least 62 seats.
The far-right, anti-immigration Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) came in third place with 26 percent, amounting to 51 seats, while the center-left Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) managed to garner 26.9 percent, placing them in second with 53 seats.
"It shows that we have arrived at the center of society. We are the ones that dominate the political debate," said FPÖ chief Heinz-Christian Strache.
Kurz's ÖVP is expected to form a government with the far-right FPÖ, after he ended a grand coalition government with the center-left SPÖ earlier this year. It would mark the first time the far-right party enters government since 2000. A final vote count is expected Thursday.
The EU establishment and leftist media, still reeling from AfD Party’s strong showing in the last month’s German election, have been handed another blow by the European voters. The Austrian election outcome is a big boost for the patriotic movements that have risen in opposition to the EU open borders policy in wake of the Migrant Crisis of 2015.
The Freedom Party wants Austria to join the eastern European countries, or the Visegrad Group, that bitterly oppose the EU decision to keep the Europe’s outer borders open for illegal immigrants from Arab and North African countries. “We will ... strengthen contact with the Visegrad states and it would be nice and good if we could maybe even become a member of the Visegrad Group,” Party’s leader Heinz-Christian Strache (pictured above at far left with Marine Le Pen) promised just weeks ahead of the vote. Austria backing the eastern European countries like Hungary and Poland on the issue of mass migration could seriously jeopardize EU’s Open Borders Policy.