Far-right party and Putin

Austria’s conservative leader Sebastian Kurz has invited the far-right Freedom Party for talks to form the country’s next coalition government, opening the door for the controversial party to return to power after more than a decade in opposition.

Sebastian Kurz, whose Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) came top in elections on 15 October, said his party and the rightwing populists (FPÖ) were in favour of lowering taxes and shared “similar approaches” on the subject of immigration.

Founded by former members of the Nazi party after the Second World War, the FPÖ has previously formed governments with both the centre-left Social Democratic party of Austria (SPÖ) and the centre-right ÖVP.
The Freedom party came third in Austria’s national elections in spite of having lead in the polls for much of the year.

Austria’s previous coalition government collapsed in May after months of deadlock over policy disputes between the SPÖ and ÖVP, which had jointly governed in a “grand coalition” for the last decade.
Source: The Guardian

Putin’s friends’ in Austria’s right-wing FPÖ achieve strong election result

Austria’s right-wing populists look to have come in third place in the election, possibly gaining 51 seats. The Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) maintains close ties to Russia, which has helped institutionalize the party.
Source: Deutsche Welle

FPÖ and UNITED RUSSIA

United Russia is as of 2017 the ruling political party of the Russian Federation.
As of 2017 the United Russia party supports the policies of the presidential administration. The party’s association with President and former Prime Minister Vladimir Putin (a former leader of the party) has been the key to its success.
In April 2008, United Russia was claiming 1.98 million members.
The party rejects left-wing and right-wing ideologies in favour of “political centrism” that could unite all sections of society.
Foreign media and observers describe United Russia as a pure “presidential party” with the main goal of securing the power of the Russian President in the Russian parliament.
United Russia has signed cooperation agreements with the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ)

The Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) is a right-wing populist and national-conservative political party in Austria.
Under the leadership of Heinz-Christian Strache, the party promotes its role as a guarantor of Austrian identity and social welfare. Economically, it supports regulated liberalism with privatisation and low taxes, combined with support for the welfare state; however, it maintains that it will be impossible to uphold the welfare state if current immigration policies are continued.

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Kyrgyzstan-born author residing in Graz, Austria

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