Austria Lurches Far-Right In National Election [VIDEO]

The Washington Post reports:

Austria became the latest European country to take a sharp turn right on Sunday, with the conservative People’s Party riding a hard-line position on immigration to victory in national elections and likely to form a government with a nationalist party that has long advocated for an even tougher stance.

The result puts the 31-year-old foreign minister and People’s Party leader, Sebastian Kurz, in line to become Austria’s next chancellor after a campaign in which he emphasized the need to strengthen border controls, reduce caps on refugees and slash benefits for newcomers. Much of Kurz’s rhetoric echoed positions long held by the Freedom Party, which for decades has anchored the far right of politics in this nation of 8.7 million.

In France this spring, National Front leader Marine Le Pen made it to the final round of the presidential election. Just last month, the Alternative for Germany Party took 13 percent of the vote — putting a far-right party in the German Parliament for the first time in more than half a century. But unlike in those nations, in Austria the far right is expected to become part of the government.

Kurz will be the world’s youngest national leader. Some right wing sites are crowing that he’s the nationalist version of “glamour boys” Justin Trudeau and Emmanuel Macron.

  • bkmn

    Such a shame, Austria is a beautiful country and everyone I met there was pretty nice and sane.

  • Tawreos

    I wonder how much Russian interference there was?

    • Hank

      A LOT!!!! The EU, should check the voting!!!

    • David J

      They can “interfere” in Austria as easily or even more easily than in the USA. Besides, all the USA “bots” that influenced last year’s election in America are “free” to do the same in German, hitting hot-button issues for Austrians much as they hit on the Ferguson and BLM type issues in rural USA

    • crewman

      Besides the obvious efforts of Russia, part of the moves to the right around the world have had to do with immigration. I wonder if there is a way for liberal parties around the world to steal that thunder by calling for reductions in immigration. The far right is a known disaster for the world. I’d rather see the lefts pull back on immigration that giving the right full control. There is a “rate of change” populations will accept, and we seem to have past that level for many people.

      • Reality.Bites

        Western countries can’t maintain their population levels without immigration.

        Canada’s fertility rate is 1.568 per woman. Needed to maintain population is 2.1. The US and UK come closest to that, at 1.88 and 1.91 respectively.

        And we’re among the most welcoming countries to immigrants and have received many more immigrants than the countries bitching the loudest about it.

        Austria’s birthrate is 1.52. Germany’s is 1.431. Cut out immigration and they die out. Cut out immigration and kill the economy.

        What’s happening to Fox News can happen to countries too. They age and die if there’s no way to bring younger people in.

        • Steve Smith

          Here in Italy the far right is very anti-immigration. But all the old fascists want their pensions paid, their healthcare available, etc. And despite it being the centre of global catholicism it has one of the world’s lowest birthrates. So, what to do? Who is going to pay for all this? Here in Lombardy region where I live, even people from the south are considered to be immigrants. Its all going to end rather badly, I think.

          • Ivan T. Errible

            “It being the centre (sic) of global catholicism”-who cares? It also houses the Mafia and has one of the highest rates of tax dodging in Europe; are you suggesting that the Catholic church has any effect whatsoever on Italy’s real morals, as opposed to its iconography/music/architecture?
            Clealy the Italians do pretty much what they want whenever they want to.

          • Steve Smith

            The catholic church still has quite a lot of influence here, in politics both locally and nationally. You think the mafia aren’t catholic? And the church wants to keep the money flowing in. And you’re right about the tax dodging, but the catholics are largely tax exempted anyway.

          • Ivan T. Errible

            Oh, obviously we mean different things; I thought you meant catholic in the sense of “most people at least pretend to belong, so most try to behave as this organization claims it wants its members to behave.”
            Since theft and false representation are both frowned on in the Cathechism, one might think that Italy would be better at paying its taxes.

        • Ninja0980

          That freaks them out too.
          There will soon be a lot less white folks in the world.

      • Lars Littlefield

        . . . passed . . .

      • Kenster999

        I think this has some merit, especially as a matter of realpolitik.

  • CanuckDon

    I thought Trump was Rightwingers USA interpretation of a “glamour boy”.

    • liondon#iamnotatraitor

      You misspelled grammer

  • Hank

    This is going to play havoc with the EU, which is what Putinesca has wanted all along!!! Brexit, Hungary, Poland, and now Austria…. The Vodka must be flowing in the Kremlin!!!

    • Steve Smith

      Don’t think its going to play havoc with the EU. We still as a whole have a liberal consensus here, and rules on protecting democracy. Austria can’t survive out of the EU, so unless it plays by the rules its going to end up having its borders closed. Tariffs on everything……………

      • Hank

        While I agree with you overall. Look at what the Hungarian and Polish Governments have been doing. Especially Poland’s recent attempts to replace the relatively independent Judiciary. These are the things, that scare me…. even here in the US!

        • Steve Smith

          Poland has had warnings. And their attempt to rig the judiciary failed. But with the highest percentage wage growth in the EU, people there think they’re doing OK. And memories of life under the USSR are still fresh. However, many Poles may soon be returning home due to Britain’s kamikaze attempt as sterling is now so low its not worth working for, and that could seriously challenge the existing government next time round. Just a thought.

  • Dreaming Vertebrate

    Looks like Putin has himself another puppet.

    • CanuckDon

      This one looks prettier and probably doesn’t piss on things.

      • Bluto

        He looks like a hitler youth & I bet he’ll piss on a lot of people.

  • Yalma Cuder-Zicci

    Does tomorrow belong to him?

    • David J

      I see what you did there.

  • Harveyrabbit

    Welp, another punchable face to add to my never ending list.

  • Rex

    Does this mean they’ll be a remake of the Sound of Music?

  • Ken M Russia and it’s new “Cryptocurrency?” Can anyone give me a hand at understanding what this is?

    • Halou

      This was on RFE-RL last week. Russia complaining that they cannot regulate (or; monitor the use of) existing ‘crypto-currencies’ like Bitcoin. If they can’t control it they create a Russian version and ban the original.

      • Ken M

        Very naive here. Is there an American version, and is it a negative that Russia wants one?

        • The_Wretched

          Bitcoin is a complicated idea – essentially there’s a log of every buy/sale (change in ownership) of a bit coin (or fraction thereof) and then the coins carry that history with them. the exchange doesn’t save identity though so it’s about as close to a paper money transaction as possible.

          Bitcoin is not created by any government. It’s a medium of exchange for parties who don’t want to use ‘real money’. Governments hate it since it’s not easy to tax the transactions and since its gets around banks, it’s very hard to track. This means the ‘bad guys’ are fond of using it to balance drug and other illegal transactions.

        • -M-

          Putin is looking at cryptocurrencies for a way around the sanctions that keep him and the oligarchs supporting him from laundering their stolen money for use in the relatively nice relatively stable Western countries. But on the other hand he doesn’t want them to be independent of him.

  • Ragnar Lothbrok

    I saw somewhere that the party of evil changed their color from black to turquoise.

    Because that should work. ….and apparently it is working.

  • Ken M

    I wish the US would elect a leader under 50.

    • AmeriCanadian

      We did. I believe his mental age is under 10!

    • UrsusArctos 🐻

      We did! Oh, wait. You weren’t taking IQ were you?

    • Dagoril

      I wish we would elect a leader.

      • Reality.Bites

        I wish the US had elections.

        They don’t.

  • Yikes.

  • another_steve

    The world is going nuts due to the fear of terrorism. Donald Trump in the White House is just one example of what’s happening.

    • greenmanTN

      A weedy, epicene superannuated twink with appalling politics? I thought your heart would go pitter pat! 😁

      • Adam King

        (Not Jewish enough. The pitter’s there but the pat ain’t hapnin.)

        • another_steve

          Thanks, Adam. No cultural bond there.

          Jared I could hypnotize with some sweet and soothing Jew mewing.

          • Adam King

            I know, bubbaleh, I know. *pats back of hand*

    • RaygunsGoZap

      That was the plan as of Sept 10, 2001 and – just as they hoped – we took the ball and ran with it

      • AmeriCanadian

        2011 or 2001?

        • RaygunsGoZap

          2001! Corrected

  • Jeffrey

    I love Austria, it is very beautiful. I’ve spent a lot of time there. The people are not especially friendly to strangers, but if you speak German they warm up. But remember that Hitler was Austrian and they have a serious history of xenophobia that has never really changed.

  • greenmanTN

    An Austrian far-right movement? What could possibly go wrong?!

    • GeneInSJ

      Haha!!! My thought was “here we go again!”.

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  • vorpal 😼

    It’s going to be a long day, isn’t it?
    Is 11:40 AM too early to start drinking?

    • another_steve

      It’s Horror Monday here on JMG, gurl. Looks like Joe’s in a mood.

      Drink up!

    • greenmanTN

      Time Zones are only a state of mind.

    • AmeriCanadian

      Doesn’t it take like 20 minutes before any digestion takes place? I say you’re good to go now! 😉

    • Adam King

      Depends on when you plan to stop…

      • vorpal 😼

        I’m aiming to black out until November 2020, with a brief moment of sobriety to vote in 2018.

        • another_steve

          I’m considering contacting my local election board, expressing my voting intentions with the understanding that they’ll be carried out in my absence, and then entering a gin-induced coma until election day 2020.

    • Dagoril

      It’s always Happy Hour…in the Twilight Zone.

    • Hank

      I just added Kaluha to my morning coffee, and will have a third cup!!!

    • Lumpy Gaga

      [Looks at empty bottle]

      I guess so.

    • Lars Littlefield

      There are more cocktail recipes for breakfast and brunch than any other time of day.

  • Do Something Nice

    They have always been there. If you scratch the surface of Austrian moderates, it is easy to find Nazis.

    • Adam King

      (Oops, wrong reply. Deleted.)

    • Dazzer

      Yep. Austria has never had any problems with electing far-right political parties.

      Their last neo-Nazi Chancellor was Jorg Haider, who was young, good looking and leader of the Freedom Party. He also used to nip over the border into Slovakia to screw young men in bordellos.

      At the time, Austria was severely criticised by the EU. I’m not sure what will happen these days, but I suspect that Austria’s influence in the EU will be effectively curtailed.

  • Halou

    What is their foreign policy?

    • Ivan T. Errible

      Re-conquer Hungary, Bohemia/Moravia, Croatia and Slovenia?

  • Lazycrockett

    and to think all of this is due to climate change which caused a drought in Syria and led to political discord across Europe and the Middle East.

    • Paul

      Our intervention in the ME caused most of this current problem.

  • PickyPecker

    ‘Well, there’s no such thing as inevitable progress. And it always has been true and always will be true that rights did not descend out of the sky. Rights are things that people agree on, and they end up agreeing on them because people work to get them to agree.

    So they can always change their minds.

    They say, “Well, this has gone too far. We certainly can’t have high heels; let’s abolish them.” Or whatever it may be.

    And people are prone in times of crisis, turmoil, and social unrest … to limiting things. Because it makes them feel safer.

    ~ Margaret Atwood, author of The Handmaid’s Tale

    • Ken M

      Have you become a “Cock Nerd” Picky? 😉

    • Christopher

      I LOVE Carlin’s bit about “rights”.

    • Hue-Man

      “I apologize to Margaret Atwood that it’s not her getting this prize. I genuinely thought she would win it very soon. I never for a moment thought I would. I always thought it would be Margaret Atwood very soon; and I still think that, I still hope that.”
      Kazuo Ishiguro, 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature

  • olandp

    Where is his little mustache?

    The Austrians are very clever, they managed to convince the world that Hitler was German, and Beethoven was Austrian despite reality.

  • Natty Enquirer

    They who ignore their history …

  • TexasBoy

    I remember another Austrian born far right politician from the 1940s…

  • FAEN

    Still with the Nazi’s? Come on Austria, enough already.

  • Snownova

    From the country that brought you WWI and WWII yet somehow managed to frame the Germans for both.

  • HZ81

    And the world grows more frightening.

  • Talisman

    History is repeating itself, and WWIII is becoming more and more inevitable.

  • Robincho

    And now, from the folks who gave you Kurt Waldheim…

  • TuuxKabin

    A_S must be all moist.

  • CharlestonDave

    Waiting for the fanfic page with Justin telling him, “You’ve been a very bad far-rightist.”

  • Lars Littlefield

    He certainly looks Aryan enough.

  • TheManicMechanic

    I’m increasingly glad I don’t have that much time left on this disgusting rock.

    • Lars Littlefield

      I’ve been thinking along a similar train of thought. However, think the “rock” isn’t so miserable. It’s te two legged hominids infecting it that are disturbing.

      • -M-

        Some of them. The bigger problem is the herd mentality and cognitive blinders that let so many who are otherwise decent enough be misled and coopted to do enormous damage. We need more circuit breakers.

    • Treant
      • Jean-Marc in Canada

        Indeed, mother Earth has been having a tough time with the virus known as man.

      • TheManicMechanic

        Very true, I try my best to make the rock pretty, but really all I am doing is rearranging the flora that’s already here. 🙂

  • Steve Smith

    Austria has a ways been weird. Noted mostly for sexual abusers and Adolf Hitler. And cakes. but it is still in the EU so there are certain limits on its ability to return to fascist rule.

  • JWC

    Another Putin puppy

  • Mr Jordan

    Oh, great. Patrick Bateman becomes the leader of a European country. #austrianpsycho

  • Jean-Marc in Canada

    So, um yeah, we’re going to miss Vienna, but our principles dictate we act as we are with Trump’s America. No business from us until sanity is returned.

  • MonochromeMouse

    This is why these nazis need to be banned from organizing in any first-world country.

  • Wonder whether he paints houses too, like that other charming Austrian that went so far before he brought down Europe before USA stopped him from world conquest?

  • JCF

    Hey, Hitlerjugend? I know a BUNKER you can crawl in!