October 17, 2000 |
Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party suffered a stunning setback in regional elections, raising questions about the future of a movement whose rise to national prominence this year sent shock waves across Europe. In regional elections in the southeastern state of Styria, the Freedom Party won only 12.4% of the vote--down 4.7 percentage points from its total in the last regional balloting five years ago.
February 11, 2000 |
French and Belgian diplomats boycotted a speech Thursday by Austria's new foreign minister, who took over as head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe. The boycott was a protest against the participation of Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party in Austria's new coalition Cabinet, members of the French OSCE delegation told the Austria Press Agency. Austrian Foreign Minister Benita Ferrero-Waldner downplayed the snub.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 3, 1997
Martin Lee (Opinion, Sept. 21) wrongly lumps the Austrian Freedom Party into what he calls "a multifaceted neo-fascist revival" in Europe. He suggests that any political party he has identified "touched a raw nerve by deceptively linking jobless statistics to the number of guest workers and asylum seekers in their countries." Austria is not large enough to absorb large numbers of new people. At a time when Austria's unemployment rate was already 7%, AFP Chairman Joerg Haider called for restrictions on immigration until the rate could be reduced.
November 24, 2002 |
The far-right surge that catapulted the Freedom Party into Austria's governing coalition in 1999 and sparked consternation throughout the European Union appears to be over, according to polls ahead of today's parliamentary elections. Damaged by feuds and defections, many of them fueled by the backroom machinations of its mercurial unofficial leader, Joerg Haider, the Freedom Party has seen its support plummet, and it seems likely to return to an opposition role.
November 11, 1991 |
A far-right party whose leader has praised German Third Reich labor policies and promised to protect "Austria for the Austrians" won a surprising 23% of the vote in Vienna city elections Sunday. The Freedom Party of Austria posted its third electoral gain in as many months by capitalizing on anti-foreigner and anti-Semitic sentiments that have flooded across Austria with the influx of refugees from war-torn and economically devastated areas of Eastern Europe.
December 17, 2000 |
The Vatican's millennial Christmas season opened in turmoil Saturday as police battled a crowd protesting a visit by Europe's most provocative far-right leader, who got a papal audience in exchange for his gift of the seasonal fir tree for St. Peter's Square.