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Following Austrian Far-Right British anti-Europeans Turn to Immigration.

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Stand up for Your Homeland: Brexiters Follow Lead of Austrian Anti-Immigration Far-Right.

Brexit is only way to control immigration, campaigners claim

Iain Duncan Smith and Michael Gove try to turn referendum debate back in leave side’s favour after Barack Obama intervention.

This stands out,

Duncan Smith said: “You cannot reject anybody unless you can demonstrate categorically that they pose an immediate threat to the life and livelihood of the UK.

“The reality is that we have to accept people, even criminals. There are a number of cases of people who have got criminal records, then come over here and commit crimes, and we can’t even get rid of them without permission of the European court of justice.

“We would have a policy to have controlled migration, it’s not an end of migration. It means you want people to come in here where there are needs for them – software engineers, engineers generally, skills that are required.”

The Financial Times reports,

Michael Gove, justice secretary, said Britain would be subject to a migration “free for all” as the next wave of EU applicants joined the club, a reference to countries including Serbia, Albania and ultimately Turkey.

Mr Gove claimed in the Times that the NHS faced “unquantifiable strain” if Britain remained in the EU.

The Brexiters’ campaign  immediately follows the success’of the far-right in Sunday’s Austrian Presidential Election..

The British far-right daily, the Express, gleefully reports,

Norbert Hofer, the candidate for Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party, won 36.4% of the vote, and will face an independent candidate in the final vote next month.

It was the Freedom Party’s best result in a national election after a campaign that focused on the impact of the .

More than 100,000 migrants have arrived in Austria since last summer.

The migrant crisis has divided the country and in a major U-turn the government, who initially backed ’s open-door policy, shut Austria’s borders.

Mr Hofer, who has run an anti-immigrant and anti-Europe campaign will now go head-to-head with environmentalist and pro-refugee Alexander van der Bellen Van Der Bellen on May 22 for the post, which is largely a ceremonial role.

The Austrian results saw the collapse of the Social Democrats’ (SPÖvote in their historic heartland, Vienna.

They got just  12,31%  for their candidate,  Rudolf Hundstorfer, in the Capital. The far-right  Hofer got 29,28%, and the Greens’ ally, Griss obtained 18,71%. (Wikipedia).

For more see: Grün-blau oder: Das Ende des roten Wien.

Apart from its anti-immigration programme the Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ (Freedom Party, Wikipedia) offers an extreme cultural version of national ‘sovereigntism’.

From the mid-1980s, the concept of Heimat (a word meaning both “the homeland” and a more general notion of cultural identity) has been central to the ideology of the FPÖ, although its application has slightly changed with time. Initially, Heimat indicated the feeling of national belonging influenced by a pan-Germanic vision; the party assured voters in 1985 that “the overwhelming majority of Austrians belong to the German ethnic and cultural community.” Although it was noted then that Austria was the mother country which held the national traditions, this would later be favoured more explicitly over the pan-German concept. In 1995 Haider declared an end to pan-Germanism in the party, and in the 1997 party manifesto the former community of “German people” was replaced with the “Austrian people”. Under the leadership of Strache, the concept of Heimat has been promoted and developed more deeply than it had been previously. After his reelection as chairman in 2011, the German aspects of the party’s programme were formally reintroduced.

Written by Andrew Coates

April 25, 2016 at 12:07 pm

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  1. […] 29 aprile 2016 admin (adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({}); Di Salvatore Santoru In Austria l’estrema destra ha trionfato al primo turno delle elezioni presidenziali ottenendo il 36,4% dei voti, a scapito del 20,4% del candidato dei Verdi Alexander van der Bellen, arrivato secondo. I motivi dell’ascesa e della vittoria dell’estrema destra austriaca sono da cercare nel particolare contesto di crisi economica e finanziaria che sta interessando l’UE così come nella crisi migratoria e nelle difficoltà della sinistra socialdemocratica e della destra neoliberista di gestire il malcontento popolare che trova una facile sponda nella direzione populista del partito di destra radicale FPO(“Partito della Libertà Austriaco”) e del suo leader Norbert Hofer, che è riuscito a conquistare la fiducia di molti elettori con le sue dichiarazioni contro l’Unione Europea e il Ttip così come con le proposte anti-immigrazione. Inoltre, Hofer è riuscito ad avviare una strategia politica di estrema destra meno aggressiva delle solite ed è conosciuto per il suoi atteggiamenti cordiali, tanto che viene descritto nei media come il “volto moderato” dell’estrema destra. Secondo quanto riporta il sito “Formiche”, però non mancano anche posizioni decisamente più radicali nel leader dell’FPO, a partire dalla sua intenzione di aumentare l’influenza del ruolo istituzionale e il potere del capo di Stato e non dimenticando la sua affiliazione alla confraternita “Marko-Germania”, avente tendenze pangermaniste. Inoltre c’è da segnalare che la recente vittoria del FPO può essere compresa anche tenendo conto della storia del partito, che partendo da tendenze liberalconservatrici, tanto da far parte della stessa “Internazionale Liberale”, negli ultimi anni ha avuto diverse svolte che l’hanno portato a diventare un partito che si basa su un forte populismo nazionalista e che rientra nel filone “nazionalconservatore”, e tra e sue “battaglie” annovera la critica dell’attuale Unione Europea e dell’immigrazione, il sostegno alla Russia e il blocco dell’islamizzazione in Europa. NOTE E PER APPROFONDIRE: http://it.blastingnews.com/politica/2016/04/l-ascesa-dell-estrema-destra-in-austria-e-la-figura-di-norbert-hofer-00898369.html http://www.lettera43.it/politica/norbert-hofer-il-volto-moderato-dell-estrema-destra-austriaca_43675243561.htm http://formiche.net/2016/04/28/austria-norbert-hofer-presidenziali/ FOTO:https://tendancecoatesy.wordpress.com […]


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