Anti-Immigration Candidate Wins Austria Election: Greens Smashed, May be Ousted from Parliament

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, head of Austrian People’s Party, won the Austria national election today. He will become the world's youngest head of state at 31 years old. Kurz ran on an anti-immigration, tax-cut platform.

Austrian voters gave 31-year-old conservative Sebastian Kurz a mandate to form a new government in an election on Sunday, setting up a potential coalition with the nationalist Freedom Party as junior partner, according to projections based on partial returns.The outcome may mark a triumph for European populists after they were kept out of power this year in elections in the Netherlands, France and Germany, though the Freedom Party was already part of Austria’s government as recently as 2005. Norbert Hofer, its narrowly defeated candidate in the nation’s presidential election last year, immediately staked a claim to a strong role for his party.“People demanded change,” Hofer said in an ORF television interview. Any coalition with the People’s Party should be “a partnership of equals,” he said.Kurz, the Austrian foreign minister who took up the Freedom Party’s hardline stance on immigration during the campaign, now has a chance to become the world’s youngest government leader. After a campaign dominated by migration and fair access to social security, his likely vice chancellor would be the Freedom Party’s Heinz-Christian Strache, 48.While Kurz and Freedom’s Strache may shake up Austria’s cozy political order, they broadly agree in pledging business-friendly policies, notably to scrap corporate taxes on retained profits. They’ll also stay in the German-led camp favoring fiscal austerity in the euro area.

Greens Smashed

The Associated Press notes that the Green Party may be ousted from the Austrian Parliament.

Austria’s Greens have suffered huge losses in a national election, with projections showing them short of the 4 percent support needed to make it into parliament.Projections from three-quarters of the ballots cast in Sunday’s election had the environmentalist party securing 3.8 percent of the vote. It won 12.4 percent four years ago.Final results will not be available until mid-week after absentee ballots and ballots cast by voters away from their home districts are counted.

Un-Death of Populism

When Emmanuel Macron won the French election, the event was widely regarded as the death of populism. Macron was the anti-Trump savior, or so it was proclaimed.

It was none of that. Rather, it was a vote against Marine Le Pen, not a vote for Macron and his allegedly neither left nor right policies.

Like Trump, Macron has little success implementing his policies. I expect Kurz, if he aligns with the Eurosceptic Freedom Party, to do much of what they set out to do, to the consternation of the EU.

Mike "Mish" Shedlock

He's anti mass immigration, not anti-immigration per second. -i

Per se

Let me be a bit sceptical. My bet is on OVP forming a coalition with SPO (socialists), just like up until now. There must be a quiet celebration in Brussels that the real opposition FPO did not win (They were leading the polls until the OVP decided to switch horses to Macron-lite, i.e. Kurz). I suspect there are some smaller controlled opposition parties there that are being nurtured by the Soros fundation. Nice to see that the greens have crashed; they are the stupid environmentalists (as opposed to real environmentalists). Let me clarify; they support open immigration everywhere, i.e. moving large quantities of people from the turd world where they consume little to the first world where, due to abundant resources, multiply. Thus create a burst of greenhouse gases and environmental degradation. You can't fix young and stupid.

Is it really plausible that the leaders of dozens of White nations have adopted similar policies antithetical to the long-term survival of their own peoples, yet none of them knew what they are doing?

The West including the US is a culture created by a specific people and it will be destroyed if that people is dispossessed. Europeans everywhere have the right to secure their homelands for themselves, without regard to claims others make upon it.

Kurz, meet your new bosses (including Barnier who is responsible for delaying Brexit for as long as possible to retain a billion a month from the UK to the EU, for NOTHING.

This is interesting and I agree with the caradoc's remark. His approach is more of a civic nationalism standpoint where you want to vet people that can assimilate and work alongside their future fellow Austrians. I find that he's trying to ensure that the infrastructure doesn't collapse on the economic front since that he's limiting the use of benefits to newer immigrants that hasn't been in the area for at least 5 years. I don't think it's a dispossession issue as much of integration and assimilation issue. On the interesting note, his pushback against EU citizens claiming benefits may be a uphill battle. It would be interesting to see on what he's looking for on the trade front though.

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