EU THREAT: Austria’s eurosceptic Freedom Party close to power as government collapses

Friday, May 19, 2017
By Paul Martin

THE existence of the European Union has been put under threat once again as Austria’s populist Freedom Party looks set to win power.

Fri, May 19, 2017

Brussels were finally breathing easy after both the Dutch and French elections this year passed without deeply eurosceptic Geert Wilders or Marine Le Pen securing victory.

EU officials warned a win for populism could put the entire union at threat, and the bloc be torn apart if countries follow in Britain’s footsteps with Brexit.

But now a new threat is looming following the dramatic collapse of Austria’s government.

The Freedom Party is riding high in the polls – and could take power if it forms a coalition after elections on October 15.

Dutch, French, British and German general elections have already battered the Brussels elite with the European Union being forced to row back on some of its most outlandish ideas.

Now the Alpine republic, one of the first to erect a razor wire fence during the migrant crisis, will decide its future course on immigration, labour and social policy this October.

The next election was originally due to be held in autumn 2018, but the government collapsed after months of statements disagreements over reform policies.

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