In a speech Wednesday to the Council of Europe, President Heinz Fischer said there had been 88,000 “asylum” applications last year, while the number of live births was approximately 82,000 (with a large percentage of those being Muslim babies).
New Observer Fischer did not point out that a large percentage of the 82,000 births will also have been from the already resident nonwhite invader population, particularly in Vienna, where there are now so many Muslim preschool children that they have a number of Muslim-only kindergartens.
For example, of the 81,722 births recorded in Austria in 2014, some 15,240 were to those of “non-Austrian citizenship”—18 percent. This figure has likely climbed in the intervening period to closer to 20 percent, a figure which is confirmed by studying the official list of first names given to children in Austria, as put out by the government’s Department of Statistics.
Austria elects a new president on April 24, 2016. The president plays a largely ceremonial role from offices in the imperial Hofburg palace. But he is head of state, swears in the chancellor, has the authority to dismiss the cabinet, and is commander in chief of the military.
Members of the far left Social Democrats and the conservative People’s Party have always been elected to the post since it was first put to a popular vote in 1951. However, all polls for this coming Sunday’s election have the anti-Muslim invasion Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) and the Green Party almost tied for the top spot. If no candidate wins an outright majority, it will go to a second vote.
FT Slowly but surely, the political tides are turning in favour of Austria’s rightwing populist Freedom party. Thanks to the impact of Europe’s refugee and migrant crisis, and thanks to declining public confidence in the two mainstream parties that have dominated Austrian politics since the second world war, the Freedom party is top of the opinion polls, consistently attracting more than 30 per cent of public support.
Now the Freedom party, unashamedly playing its anti-immigrant, anti-Islam cards, wants to upset the apple cart in Austria’s presidential election, to be held on Sunday. Johann Gudenus, a senior Freedom party politician who is deputy mayor of Vienna, tells me: “All our warnings about the refugee crisis came true. Voters have realized we were right.”
Norbert Hofer is the FPÖ’s candidate, and his chances are regarded as extremely good, given the fact that all polls show his party is now the single most popular political organization in the country, regularly getting in excess of 34 percent of the vote.
Meanwhile, should the trend in opinion polls hold up, it is hard to see how the Freedom party can be prevented from entering a coalition government at national level after Austria’s next parliamentary elections, due by September 2018. Such a breakthrough would make it Europe’s most successful rightwing populist party.
As the Financial Times’s chief foreign affairs correspondent, Gideon Rachman, has already admitted, it is “hard to see how the Freedom party can be prevented from entering a coalition government at national level after Austria’s next parliamentary elections, due by September 2018. Such a breakthrough would make it Europe’s most successful rightwing populist party.”
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