“The FPO is not an extreme-right party. An extreme right-wing party might have achieved a 2 % result in Austria. We are a center-right party with a high degree of social responsibility. That’s why it was possible to achieve 50 percent of the votes in this election.”
The Freedom Party of Austria is viewed as right-wing to far-right, with a populist slant to its policies. It strikes a hardline on immigration in Austria in the wake of Europe’s refugee crisis.
“Europe is disintegrating as we speak,” said Sophia in ‘t Veld, a Dutch liberal member of the European Parliament. “It’s a risk everywhere.”
Austria’s governing coalition was thrown into turmoil by the Freedom Party, a nationalist force that took the most votes following a campaign that played on discontent with the handling of the refugee crisis.