End of the EU? Nationalists could storm to power in Austrian election thanks to THIS man

Saturday, September 30, 2017
By Paul Martin

AUSTRIA’S elections are causing fresh concern for the European Union as thousands of voters back a centre-right rising star in politics who has refused to rule out a coalition with Austria’s leading nationalist party.

Sat, Sep 30, 2017

Sebastian Kurz, also known as “Wunderwuzzi” has successfully rebranded the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and looks set to propel them into Government in the coming elections.

The vote could spell trouble for the EU as 31-year-old Mr Kurz has not ruled out a partnership with the nationalist Freedom Party (FPO).

The hard right group almost seized power in the presidential elections last year sending waves of fear across the bloc.

Now, the parties could join making a right wing partnership which would challenge the bloc’s ideologies.

The coalition between the ruling Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) of Chancellor Christian Kern and the ÖVP collapsed in May.

Professor Peter Filzmaier, a political scientist with Austria’s Krems and Graz universities, said Mr Kurz’s rebranding of the ÖVP is “unprecedented in Austrian politics, but also quite logical.”

He told Die Welt: “The SPÖ and the ÖVP deciding not to govern together means there is an actual chance of the FPÖ ending up in a governing coalition.”

Foreign Minister Mr Kurz has vowed to shake up the Government in Austria and clamp down on migrants.

His plans include slashing benefits from migrants, including those from the EU.

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