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Populists In the Fast Lane

Populists In the Fast Lane

The heads of the traditional Austrian parties, the Social Democrats and the Austrian People’s Party, could teach their cousins in the Czech Republic a thing or two about what it’s like when parties lose power and voter support, and populist movements of various colours jostle to get into parliament. Although the results of September’s parliamentary […]

After the Election

After the Election

The German saying “Man soll den Tag nicht vor dem Abend loben” (“Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched”) proved true  once again on 29 September. Both Social Democrats (SPÖ) and Conservatives (ÖVP), while still victorious, had to face major losses. But unlike other EU countries, the Austrian coalition was not voted out. With […]

No Alarms & No Surprises

No Alarms &  No Surprises

If it weren’t for all the posters splashing the heads of party frontrunners around the city, few would notice that it’s election time in Austria. In the scorching heat of recent weeks, electoral campaigns have had a very slow start. On 29 September, voters will go to the polls and choose which party or parties […]

Regional Elections

Regional Elections

Stronach’s Gloss and Glory, 5 March by Michael Völker All together 130,000 people in Lower Austria and Carinthia voted this Sunday [3 March] for Team Stronach. That is indeed a strong showing. Even prior to the elections, this ‘test-tube’ party was, in fact, able to form a parliamentary group, and yet has achieved even more […]

Draining the ‘Kellernazi’ Swamp

Draining the ‘Kellernazi’ Swamp

The Presseclub Concordia was packed when Hans-Henning Scharsach presented his new book Strache: Im braunen Sumpf (Strache: In the Brown-Shirt Swamp). Members of the Green Party were present, as well as many NGO representatives and civil society activists, as he talked about the roots of the now-popular FPÖ party leader. In 14 chapters, written over […]

In the Oct. 2012 Issue: Hans Henning Scharsach’s Strache

In the Oct. 2012 Issue: Hans Henning Scharsach’s Strache

Former journalist and author Hans Henning Scharsach was one of the most outspoken critics of the late Jörg Haider. For his recent book Strache. Im braunen Sumpf (Strache in the Brown-Shirted Swamp) Scharsach meticulously gathered evidence of Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (FPÖ) party leader Heinz Christian Strache’s connections to right-wing extremists. In the upcoming October issue of TVR, the best-selling […]

Corruption Charges

Corruption Charges

Speigel Online Austria’s Right-wing Populists in a Swamp of Corruption, 9 Aug. by Julia Herrnböck For the Austrian right-wing populist Heinz-Christian Strache, it’s been a [political] uphill race for a long time. However, the pressure is mounting for the FPÖ-boss because of the corruption scandals of his Carinthian party proponents. As a consequence, the 43-year-old […]

Austria’s Nazi Frat Boys?

Austria’s Nazi Frat Boys?

It was 27 Jan. – the day that people across the West commemorated the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops. This year, it was also the day that the Wiener Korporationsring (WKR), an association of German-nationalist student fraternities, held its annual ball at the Hofburg, Austria’s historical seat of power. The coincidence, the organisers claimed, […]

Prison for FPÖ politician

On Aug. 2, the provincial court of Klagenfurt convicted Uwe Scheuch, the Deputy Governor of Carinthia and chairman of the Carinthian branch of the FPÖ, to 18 months in prison, six without probation, for accepting gifts in public office. Scheuch was caught on tape in early 2009 telling a business partner that a Russian investor […]

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