Austrian Vote Favors Return of Pro-Europe Government

Nicole Lundeed and Matthew Karnitschnig, Wall Street Journal, September 29, 2013

Austria’s ruling pro-European parties led elections Sunday, signaling the likely renewal of the current government, despite a strong showing by far-right populists.

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats finished first in the ballot, with 27.1%, followed by the center-right People’s Party with 23.8%. Both parties suffered slight losses compared with the last election in 2008.

Still, the two parties, which currently govern in a so-called grand coalition, have enough support to form a new government.

The result will be welcomed in Brussels, where European Union officials have been increasingly unnerved by the success of anti-European parties in the region.

The Freedom Party, a populist, anti-immigrant party that rose to prominence under deceased leader Jörg Haider, finished third with 21.4%, nearly overtaking the People’s Party.

Many Austrians were worried that the Freedom Party, which campaigned against euro-zone bailouts and welfare for immigrants, would record an even stronger result. The populist vote was divided after the entry of a new party led by billionaire Frank Stronach.

Mr Stronach, 81 years old, emigrated to Canada as a young man and built an auto-parts empire. His company, Magna International Inc. is one of the world’s leading suppliers to the auto industry.

Team Stronach, founded in 2012, campaigned on an antiestablishment platform that included a proposal to exit the euro. It won 5.8%, less than expected.

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In total, nine parties were vying for 183 seats in parliament. Final official results, which include absentee ballots, will be available later this week.

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  • Spartacus

    “The populist vote was divided after the entry of a new party led by billionaire Frank Stronach.

    Mr Stronach, 81 years old, emigrated to Canada as a young man and
    built an auto-parts empire. His company, Magna International Inc. is one
    of the world’s leading suppliers to the auto industry.”

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    Shill. His company’s probably gonna get some favorable “regulations” from either the EU, or the new/old Austrian government or both .

    • bigone4u

      Agreed. but the New World Order forces had to come up with a shill only because they were falling behind. Using an 81 year old shill shows how desperate they are to hold on to power.

      • Sick of it

        They have a near infinite sum of money to throw at anyone who will take votes away from those representing the people. These are the people who print the money.

      • dogbone

        They NWO forces are not falling behind. They are completely in control of everything just like they were in the Soviet Union. They needed the shill to fool the dopes into believing they have a choice. They also need it to hide the level of control they have over everyone.

  • anew

    Whoever wrote this headline for the Journal ought to give his head a shake.

    The real story is that two parties who a generation ago captured 90% of the vote between them, now combine for barely 50%.

    If Stronach had not gotten in the race, The Freedom Party would have easily taken second place.

    • Spartacus

      According to Wikipedia, he was born Franz Strohsack . What tribe do we know that change their names when they move to another country ?

  • Jeff O

    Immigration reform [i.e., ending third world immigration] is the most critical issue for all western, white societies. And it’s the most doable.

  • bigone4u

    “Many Austrians were worried that the Freedom Party, which campaigned against euro-zone bailouts and welfare for immigrants, would record an even stronger result.”
    ____________________________
    Note the fearmongering in the sentence. Why would any real authentic Austrian be worried about cutting off welfare for immigrants? People vote their economic interests all the time, but when a party opposes cutting off the gravy train for immigrants they get branded as insane wacky right wing nut jobs that the people must be “worried” about.

  • Romulus

    Which Austrians is this author moaning about? The freedom party patriots are obviously more concerned with Austria existence as a people.

    I wonder if many remember the last time the Austrians e ncountered huge waves of A- rabs at their doorstep. Sobieski comes to mind.

  • IKantunderstand

    The moderator of this website pretty much deleted all the comments about the article on “Happy Endings”. I am curious as to why. Mr. Moderator, care to explain? Please.

  • Ella

    If you have been to Vienna (Wien) lately, you’ll see NYC or LA multicultural population. Some residential areas, like most Western cities, were really ran down outside the historic areas. I’m happy to see their Right voting results. Europe tends to swing more right and left than the USA does, so I think there is more hope for change.

  • scutum

    Frank Stronach’s real name is Franz Strohsack, he is Jewish and originally from Austria but his roots are probably in Khazaria. I think we all know why he entered the race and who wanted the conservative vote split to enhance the chances of a pro-EU party winning.

  • Anglokraut

    Oh Frank, stick to playing with your racetracks and stud farms. In case you weren’t paying attention, Magna Entertainment isn’t exactly improving the quality of experience when going to Magna-owned track.

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    I actually read that his share of the youth vote was 42% at least not to long ago, which is remarkable either way especially given the number of voters of (non-German) immigrant descent!

  • Northern American-Nationalist

    Exactly! I think this election effectively illustrates the constant generational shift that occurs as all people age from different life points. The older Austrians that vote for establishment parties are dying out while the young Austrians are more awake to the ethnic devastation that has surrounded them since their birth years.