February 1, 2000 |
The European Union threatened Monday to cut high-level ties with Austria if the far-right Freedom Party gets a share of national power here, and party leader Joerg Haider struck back at what he called "political hotheadedness." Speaking on state-run television after the EU threat, Haider said he found it "problematic" that unnamed foreigners were trying to influence Austrian politics.
February 5, 2000 |
Only hours after six members of Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party joined Austria's federal government, the punishment began as the U.S. called home its ambassador, European governments imposed their own diplomatic sanctions, and private citizens protested and threatened boycotts.
January 30, 2000 | ,
Defying growing alarm among European and other foreign governments, Austria's far-right Freedom Party moved closer Saturday to joining a coalition government that the party's leader pledged would cut immigration almost to zero. Joerg Haider, a charismatic politician who once praised Nazi Germany's "orderly employment policy," said on state radio that he has already won agreement with the conservative People's Party to tighten visa controls.
October 13, 1999 |
The conservative junior partner in the coalition government, the Austrian People's Party, decided to become an opposition party, a move that may lead to instability and elections next year. In a failed effort to prevent the far-right Freedom Party of Joerg Haider from entering the government in a coalition, the Social Democrats had urged the People's Party to not join the opposition. Final results confirmed that the Freedom Party finished second.
February 3, 2000 |
Austrian President Thomas Klestil appeared set to give the far right a share of national power today, despite threatened diplomatic sanctions by the U.S., Israeli and European governments. As much as he might prefer to keep Joerg Haider's Freedom Party out of the Cabinet, he cannot ignore October's national election results, Klestil told an Austrian magazine.
February 29, 2000 |
Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider has unexpectedly resigned as leader of the Freedom Party, but friends and enemies saw the decision as a tactical move aimed at helping him to become chancellor in the future. The 50-year-old populist firebrand announced late Monday that he was handing over the party leadership to Susanne Riess-Passer, vice chancellor in a 3-week-old center-right coalition led by conservative Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel.