Austrian elections - far-right threat

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Austrian elections - far-right threat

We have a topic on the Italian referendum, but nothing about its northeastern neighbour Austria, where the far-right is a threat for the first time since ... well, the last time, whether Austrofascism or the Anchluss.

This Jewish-Viennese lady, an 89 year old pensioner, expresses her fears and recalls frightening childhood memories https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WVR2QaMjVRs She is the only member of her immediate family to have survived deportation to the camps.

 

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Hofer lost. Just broke.

http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-38202669

At least RT didn't jump the gun and praise his victory, as they did back in the spring.

http://www.interpretermag.com/russia-today-has-its-dewey-defeats-truman-...

The election was a re-run of that contest back in the spring.

 

 

lagatta

Yes, check out iyraste's comment against me in the Italy thread. As if I was some kind of neoliberal Blairite type. Frankly...

I know that the left has to rebuild. But far-right xenophobic populism is VERY dangerous, whether in the mighty US or formerly fascist countries such as Italy and Austria. I've lived in Italy and know how much nostalgia for Mussolini remains.

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Nice to see the Green candidate win - with an increased majority. 

All the centrist and "left-leaning" and "right-leaning" parties were knocked out in the first round - so much for having to vote for a right-winger to defeat the far right. It's like seeing Melanchon face off against Le Pen in the French elections....

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[url=https://www.theguardian.com/world/2016/dec/05/liberals-can-reclaim-patri... can reclaim patriotism, says Austrian president-elect's camp[/url]

An interesting case for anti-fascists outside Austria to learn from?