Austrian far-right triumph inspires nationalists in EU

It has been a good year for Europe’s far-right, nationalist parties, who are especially strong in Central Europe.

Arguably the most successful this year was Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ).

Unlike many other nationalists ostracised by liberal, centrist parties, the FPÖ translated electoral gains into real power. It entered a coalition government with the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP).

In neighbouring Germany, the big shock of the September election was the success of nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), which entered parliament for the first time, winning 94 seats.

In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party (PVV) came second. In France, Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN) reached the run-off for the presidency, and was defeated by the liberal Emmanuel Macron.

  • Exile1981

    We need a canada 1st party.

  • Shebel

    Imagine -Austrians being Right Wing.

  • CanuckDuck

    These are not the “FAR RIGHT”!!!

    Since when has common sense been equated with extremism?

    • Shebel

      Since Justin unleashed his vast INTELLECT on an—
      Unsuspecting Planet.

  • Art Deco

    A country with Austria’s population should issue perhaps 10,000 settler’s visas per year (to those who’ve passed a written and oral proficiency test in the German language, a background check, and a physical) and have a stock of perhaps 50,000 temporary residents at any one time (some on diplomatic visas, some refugees admitted retail, and the remainder teachers or students in higher education (or dependents of those in foregoing categories). They need to start having babies again as well.