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    Default Austrian Parliamentary Election 15/10/2017

    https://www.theguardian.com/world/20...ojections-show

    Not quite as bad as feared is one summation maybe .
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Austri...election,_2017

    The Conservative OVP People's party pulled a stunt with their new young leader it seems and topped the poll. The SPO/social democrats held their own on a bad result last time but slid into 3rd place (it now looks) . They may be relieved to go into opposition. The populist to extreme right FPO Freedom Party had a good result passing the Social Democrats (provisionally) to make 2nd party for the 1st time . Not good, but they've been in in government twice before. And this is where it gets very odd, 1st time in 1983 with the SPO they were in a liberal phase . Reverting to extreme right populism they became a major party in the 00s and coalesced with the OVP 2000-06 . The party comes from a strange 'national liberal' tradition that allied with the Nazis in the 30s . Austria having not been as de-nazified as Germany (I recall reading somewhere) allowed the rebirth of this mass populist extreme right to happen sooner than the AFD thru this fuzzy tradition https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Party_of_Austria

    The Greens were the biggest losers after splitting. Lamer than the Social Democrats might be a desciption . An Austrian 'Communist party' actually dropped support after having some local success to dissappear back into electoral dust. Let's pray for an Austrian Corbyn to take over the SPO .

    The outcome is not certain yet as many postal votes are to be counted today http://www.independent.co.uk/news/wo...-a8001266.html

    Again Austria has been in this dilemna before as a chance find reminds . The acclaimed director Hanecke mentioned is actually German born, but Austrian raised .
    https://www.theguardian.com/film/200...ria.cannes2001
    Last edited by GregTimo; 16-10-2017 at 01:04 AM.

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    Appears to explain the history of the FPO phenonomum quite well ;

    'Austria[edit]
    In Austria-Hungary the Constitutional Party was the main representative of national liberalism.[6] In Austria, national liberalism has remained the basis of one of the three Lager, or ideological camps, in the country, dating back to the Revolutions of 1848 in the Austrian Empire.[31] During the interwar period, the national-liberal camp was gathered into the Greater German People's Party.[32] By 1938, with the Anschluss of Austria into Nazi Germany, the national-liberal camp had been swallowed whole by Austrian National Socialism and all other parties were eventually absorbed into Nazi totalitarianism.[33] Both Socialists and Christian Socials were persecuted under the Nazi regime, and the national-liberal camp was scarred after the war due to guilt by association with National Socialism.[33]

    In 1949 the Federation of Independents (VdU) was founded as a national-liberal alternative to the main Austrian parties.[34] It incorporated an array of political movements, including free-market liberals, populists, former Nazis and German nationalists, all of whom had been unable to join either of the two main parties.[34][35][36] The VdU evolved into the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) in 1955–56.[37][38][39] When Jörg Haider was chosen as new FPÖ leader in 1986, the party started an ideological turn towards right-wing populism, which resulted in the split of most liberals, who formed the Liberal Forum (LiF), which took over the FPÖ's membership in the Liberal International and would later eventually merge into NEOS. Haider himself would split from the party and form the Alliance for the Future of Austria in 2005.'

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_liberalism

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    Considerable analysis from Germany's Die Linke's paper who are clearly worried, https://www.neues-deutschland.de/tag/%C3%96sterreich
    though there is an almost weary to languid tone coming through the translator here in this article about the Austrian Social Democrats prevarications https://www.neues-deutschland.de/art...anzleramt.html

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    Heavy read, I think he has it about right? https://jacobinmag.com/2017/10/austr...ight-elections

    And I could only get a third of the way on thru his piece on 1st attempt on the headwrecker FPO (party which morphed from populist extreme right to 'liberal' then back again ) https://jacobinmag.com/2015/12/austr...azi-right-wing
    Last edited by GregTimo; 25-10-2017 at 06:39 PM.

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