Nationalist Party Tops First Round Election in Austria: Mass Immigration and Political Alienation
Helmet Joachim Schmidt, Michiyo Tanabe, and Lee Jay Walker
Modern Tokyo Times
The first round Austrian presidential elections witnessed a resounding rebuke of the two main political parties. This reality is based on Norbert Hofer, the Freedom Party of Austria, obtaining approximately 36% of the vote. In second place came Alexander Van der Bellen who is an independent candidate, despite being politically backed by the Greens in this presidential election. Therefore, the two main political parties, that have alienated vast numbers of Austrians in recent times, have both failed to reach the run-off stage.
Obviously, given the strength of the nationalist and anti-mass immigration political party, then clearly this issue is worrying many indigenous Austrians. Therefore, it is incumbent on the Freedom Party of Austria to expand its appeal to other essential areas. For example education, housing, the welfare state – and other important areas. Of course, the Freedom Party of Austria already focuses on these issues to various degrees. However, in order to become a broad church then the Freedom Party must broaden its political outlook.
The BBC reports “For the first time since World War Two, the candidates from Austria’s two main parties did not make it to the run-off… Both parties have governed Austria for decades – either alone or in a coalition.”
Political leaders in nations including the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, and Poland, have respectively voiced concerns over the pro-mass immigration approach being taken by Chancellor Merkel in Germany. This reality meant that even the old order in Austria knew that they had to change course because clearly Merkel isn’t respected in Central Europe and parts of Eastern Europe when it comes to this policy. Despite this, the Austrian people in this election refused to fall for the insincere approach being taken by the two ruling parties – and the same applies to other policies.
Without a doubt, this is a huge shake-up within the ruling political order in Austria. After all, since the post-World War Two period the president of this nation either comes from the center-left or center right. Therefore, for many Austrians they are tired of feeling alienated and being taken for granted by the old political order.
It remains to be seen who will eventually become the next president of Austria. Despite this, at least the political status quo is over in the short-term and for vast numbers of Austrians then at least this is a start. Hopefully, other nations like France and the Netherlands will wake up to the same ruling elites creating the same problems.
The leader of the Northern League in Italy, Matteo Salvini, said the Freedom Party of Austria was “calling for controlled migration, more jobs and a different Europe – like us they want rules, order, jobs and tranquility.”
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