Austria’s far-right Freedom party running on an anti-immigration platform picked up over 35% of the vote in Sunday’s poll, far more than any other candidate.
The two main parties, the center-right People’s party (ÖVP) and center-left Social Democratic party (SPÖ) picked up a mere 11% each. ÖVP and SPÖ are shut out of the election for the first time since 1945.
The Financial Times reports Far-Right Freedom Party Wins First Round of Austria’s Presidential Poll.
Austria’s far-right Freedom party won an unexpectedly powerful victory in the first round of the country’s presidential election, highlighting the potential for Europe’s refugee crisis to send shockwaves across the continent.
FPÖ candidate Norbert Hofer won more than 35 per cent of the vote in Sunday’s poll — far more than any other candidate — with most of the vote counted. He had campaigned on a nationalistic platform of strict limits on immigration, tough rules for asylum seekers and the break-up of the two-party system that has dominated Austrian politics since the second world war.
The election of a Freedom party candidate in the final election round on May 22 could trigger a political crisis in Vienna, especially if Mr Hofer tried to obstruct or even dismiss the government, led by social democratic chancellor Werner Faymann.
In next year’s French presidential elections, National Front leader Marine Le Pen is expected to push socialist incumbent François Hollande out of the race. In Germany, Chancellor Angela Merkel’s centre-right bloc has lost support to the rightwing Alternative for Germany (AfD).
Following Sunday’s poll, opponents of the FPÖ are likely to coalesce around his opponent in the May 22 poll. That will be the Greens’ Alexander Van der Bellen, who won 21 per cent of the vote. Irmgard Griss, an Austrian judge who ran as an independent, was third with 19 per cent.
Speaking at his final campaign rally in Vienna on Friday, the FPÖ’s Mr Hofer stressed Austria’s limited capacity to absorb newcomers, saying “we are not the world’s social department”.
He sharply criticised, too, concessions Ms Merkel had made to Turkey in an attempt to resolve the crisis and said Islam could not become part of Austrian culture. Mr Hofer also called into question the west’s economic sanctions against Russia.
At a minimum, a plurality is totally fed up with the problems Merkel’s open arms refugee proposal has caused. More likely, a majority of citizens are fed up, it just has not translated into a majority of votes for fringe parties.
Mike “Mish” Shedlock
Tony Bennett said:
We’ll just have to wait and see what Dirty Deeds George Soros plans.
Anything upsetting the status quo apple cart verboten.
An economic and military powerhouse like Austria will change world events? Maybe, with a GDP a little over half that of Los Angeles.
In the end, voters will go for who ever promises the most generous handout. Same here in the USSA.
Stuki Moi said:
The Austrians punch way above their weight in everything. It’s a, comparatively speaking, well functioning country, with a very competitive economy, despite their small size. A bit like a smaller, purer, more highly distilled version of what makes Germany the powerhouse it is. Pretty much world class at whatever they are involved in.
Pertaining to this and why voters around the world are rejecting this being shoved down their throats…..
The Grandest Usurpation – President Obama and Angela Merkel Talk Trade and Immigration…
Several years ago we first began pointing to the presidential election of 2016 as a grandly constructed enterprise of financial global entities. Toward that end point we began to outline the strategic global players who were spending tens of millions lobbying congress for Wall Street’s global financial interests.
…Globally, the economic wealth of massive corporate financial banks and financial institutions is dependent on the continual nudging toward the ratification of these trade pacts. There are trillions at stake as the derivative markets are also tied to hedged bets on the outcomes.
Global trade is approximately $75 trillion annually. However, the Wall Street derivatives market, which are essentially bets placed within this entire financial construct, now account for more than $500 trillion.
Let that number, $500 trillion, sink in….. Seriously, just pause and think about how much is currently being bet (the derivatives market) on these grand deals.
This is presidential election and the Austrian president has very little power. People need to follow up with a similar vote in the general election.
The Brexit referendum shoe drops next.
Yes, unless the referendum is cancelled.
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