Latest Shock From Europe's Refugee Crisis: Austria Right-Wing Party Sweeps First Round Of Presidential Election

Tyler Durden's picture

The fallout of popular anger emanating from Europe's refugee crisis, which may have moderated in recent weeks following Europe's desperate attempts to bribe Turkey to keep as many refugees in its borders as possible (unleashing the era of unprecedented Turkish leverage over European sovereigns, including Germany and the Netherlands) continued today with a dramatic result from the first round of Austria's presidential election, where initial results showed that the candidate of the Freedom Party, Austria's right-wing, anti-immigrant party has swept his competition, gathering over 35% of the vote and leaving the other five candidates far behind.

Austrian far right Freedom Party (FPOe) presidential candidate Norbert
Hofer during the final election rally in Vienna, Austria, April 22, 2016

Among the losers were the hopefuls nominated by the government coalition, reflecting significant voter dissatisfaction with the country's political status quo.

The early triumph by Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party is his party's best-ever showing since its creation after World War II. Its previous best result was more than 27% in elections that decided Austria's membership in the European Union.

According to AP, with just over 50% of polling stations reporting into the central electoral office, Hofer was far ahead of Alexander Van der Bellen and Irmgard Griss, both running as independents and within one percentage point of each other at close to 20%.

But the worst news today was for Rudolf Hundstorfer of the center-left Social Democrats and Andreas Khol of the centrist People's Party, which form the present government coalition and have ruled either alone or together for much of the post-World-War II era. Both were polling at 11% in yet another confirmation of the anti-establishment revulsion sweeping not across just Europe, but virtually the entire world. Only political outsider Richard Lugner did more poorly, at under 3%.

Members of the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe) celebrate
at the his party headquarters during Austrian presidential elections
in Vienna, Austria, 24 April 2016. (EPA Photo)

However, it may be too soon to declare a victory for the right-win party. The preliminary results show Van der Bellen and Griss in a close race to challenge Hofer in the May 22 runoff with both just under 12 percent support. That second round race will likely be closer, with most of those opposed to the Freedom Party expected to give one of the independents their support.

Hofer's triumph reflects recent polls showing Freedom Party popularity. Driven by concerns over Europe's migrant crisis, support for his party has surged to 32% compared with just over 20% for each of the governing parties.

However, Austrian voters were unhappy with the Social Democrats and the People's Party even before the migrant crisis last year forced their coalition government to swing from open borders to tough asylum restrictions. Their bickering over key issues,  most recently tax, pension and education reform, has fed perceptions of political stagnation.

One person who will be watching the outcome of the May 22 runoff will be French 2017 presidential election frontrunner, National Front's Marine Le Pen, who in recent polls has a double digit lead over her nearest competitor, and who stands to gain the most from the rising tide of immigrant and refugee anger that has swept across Europe in recent months. Considering her campaign promise to pull out of the Euro if elected, her ascendancy if unchecked, could have a far more calamitous outcome for the future of the common currency than this summer's Brexit vote.

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TBT or not TBT's picture

Is it actual Freedom they are selling is it just a more nationalist flavor of "democratic socialism"?    Wake me when someone starts winning over there on a 1st and 2nd amendment platform.  

The Alarmist's picture

I dunno ... I worry a bit when I see an Austrian talking about national security, especially when they pound the pen-holding fist a few times to emphasise the point.  Doesn't mean he isn't right, but Austria has been the epicentre of world disaster for more than a century.

Notable Austrians:  Freud, Hitler, Schwartzenegger, and Falco, among others.

Ofelas's picture

Austria 10% of population combined with Germany

Adolf and many of the leading Nazis, 1/3 of all concentration camp commandants, 1/4 of the SS 


Wiesenthal film with Ben Kingsley "will be relocating to Vienna", his wife "that is where it all began.."

TahoeBilly2012's picture

I was married in Innsbruck to a local Fraulein. Great people, great country. Glad to see them return to their National path.

38BWD22's picture



European governments have failed in controling their borders.  I have written here at ZH for months that if they don't start fixing (for real) their rapefugee problems, the Hard Right will.

And it has started.  Europe is changing...

peddling-fiction's picture

Europe is being changed according to Masonic and Illuminati plans.

macholatte's picture

Why does the term “Right Wing” seem to convey a sense of something bad?

ClydeCrashcup's picture

Why do so many insist upon pigeonholing every possible political belief into the highly limited and false left-right (so-called) spectrum?

macholatte's picture

I’m having real slow response times from ZH servers.
Is anybody else having the problem?

peddling-fiction's picture

There is a lot of touchy info about the truth being exposed. /lol

John Kich's picture

This is Donald Trump's most shocking statement yet,

However the mainstream media isn't saying a word about it!

What are they really trying to cover up?!...

MisterMousePotato's picture

This is what? Good news? That 65% of Austrians are mentally ill? I feel so relieved that they are on the front lines.

g speed's picture

maybe it's google chrome------when I use some other search or browser things seem to speed up

g speed's picture

another thing --when I log in things slow down or stop altogether when I'm useing google---and

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harleyjohn45's picture

Ity's not your computer, its ZH.  All kinds of pop ups trying to get in and long running texts.  The are simply bogging the system down.  Same with Breitbard and Drudge.  On these 3 sites everyone is trying to butt into every thing you access.

gdpetti's picture

Exactly, this seems more of the same Gladio ops utilizing political friends of the establishment, with the current regimes like Merkel, Cameroon etc as placeholders until the time is ripe for re-introducing the old regime... same boss, new uniforms.

ejmoosa's picture

Europe is changing no matter what.  The question taht remails is will Europeans save their nations and their identites?  Or is it already too late?


With the court systems in place, I'll say it is too late.   It's likely even too late here in the good ol' U S of A.


We are just not willing to admit it just yet.

homiegot's picture

That's what happens when you abdicate your sovereignty and accept an open border policy.

NoPension's picture

I wonder if any of the right wing contingent are promising to build a wall?

NoPension's picture

Damn, East Germany was set up perfect for this. Reagan fucked it up for them!

I wonder if the footings are still there?

peddling-fiction's picture

The STASI footings are. Ask Merkel and other European nations. Or ask me who is being hammered by Zersetzung.

Also the US brought top STASI agents as "consultants".

There are lots of Targeted Individuals suffering gangstalking in the U.S. and the U.K.

If you want to see the ugly face of Western state sponsored aggression, look no further:

Excursionist's picture

Not a bad idea actually... erect a wall along the Greek / Turkish border, and put a fair number of lazy Greeks to work.  Two birds with one stone.

Bad Attitude's picture

Don't bother with a wall. Use landmines.

Forward (over the cliff)!

U4 eee aaa's picture

And somewhere Soros was heard to scream:


researchfix's picture

And darn these elections in Europe.

Snípéir_Ag_Obair's picture

So the notion that Austria is the homeland of the Austrian people is "right wing" ergo wrong now, eh?

Says who, exactly, and what is *their* motive?

The migrants wouldn't be coming, from Libya, Syria, and Afghanistan, if they were not being encouraged and incentivized to do so.

So question is - why is it that the EU and the governments under the EU, along with the US and USA NGOs are doing all they can to incentivize people to travel thousands of miles to countries having zero to do with colonialism or the handful of us/uk/israeli backed wars?

Cui bono?

Kaeako's picture

Like we saw in France, the majority population will ultimately unite against the nationalist candidates in favor of internationalist candidates. The time is not yet quite ripe for a nationalist triumph, and the internationalists are racing to bring in a new base of voters before too many of the natives "wake up".

Volaille de Bresse's picture

37%? Wow Marine Le Pen should hit the same heights in exactly one year... Fingers crossed!

JamesNorman's picture

Not Very Surprising...  The Election In The US Is FAR More Important. It will Shape The World.





HRH of Aquitaine's picture
HRH of Aquitaine (not verified) Apr 24, 2016 1:57 PM

Good. This means that Austria is waking up.

Some of us saw this coming and predicted results like this last year.

The only news is that some of us have turned out to be right.

OverTheHedge's picture

Couldn't happen to a nicer Union.

I'm feeling old-school tonight:

south40_dreams's picture

Afraid of a few widows and orphans?

PaperBear's picture

Anti-illegal immigrant is different to anti-immigrant.

PontifexMaximus's picture

More immigrants, not refugees, will come. Nothing will happen, because mutti welcomes them all. There is too much money to make in this business.

flaunt's picture

This is great news.  "far right," sure... Common sense is all it is doofuses.