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March 1, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Backed by Joerg Haider's anti-immigrant Freedom Party, a conservative-led coalition assumed power in Austria. It's the second attempt by Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel's People's Party to lead Austria with the far-right Freedom Party. Their previous ruling coalition collapsed in September after an internal struggle within the Freedom Party. Haider has no official role in the government now but remains a dominating force behind the scenes.
October 17, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
October 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
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 1, 2000
The European Union has taken the extraordinary step of threatening to politically isolate Austria, one of its members, if the far-right Freedom Party joins a coalition government.
September 29, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
Joerg Haider's far-right party suffered another election setback, losing more than half its support in Upper Austria and Tyrol provincial polls. The elections were the first test since November's national polls first saw a plunge in support for the anti-immigration Freedom Party in the wake of a leadership battle that split the organization. With counting incomplete, the Freedom Party was projected to get between 8% and 9% of the vote in both provinces, placing it last among four parties.
September 19, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party chose a low-profile minister to become its leader after Haider declined to seek a return to his old post, officials said Wednesday. Transport Minister Mathias Reichhold, 45, yielded to calls from leaders of the party three days before its convention and a week after its pullout from a government coalition, which forced coming elections.
November 24, 2002 | From Times Wire Services
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.
September 16, 1986 | From Times Wire Services
Austrian Chancellor Franz Vranitzky dissolved the governing coalition between his Socialist Party and the small right-wing Freedom Party on Monday and called an early general election for November. Vranitzky, speaking after a crisis meeting of his party's presidium, said senior party officials agreed that the election of Joerg Haider as Freedom Party leader was an unacceptable shift to the right in the junior coalition party.
August 13, 2000 | Martin A. Lee, Martin A. Lee is the author of "The Beast Reawakens," a book on neo-fascism
Libyan leader Moammar Kadafi recently began sending millions of dollars to the Austrian province governed by Joerg Haider, de facto fuehrer of the far-right Freedom Party. This controversial deal, which Haider described as "Christmas for Austria," was forged during a pair of mysterious trips to Libya. Accompanied by the chairman of Austria's Hypo Alpe Adria Bank, Haider held secret business meetings in Tripoli with Kadafi in May and June.
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