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The new Austrian government will brand itself as moderate – but don’t believe it

Posted by hkarner - 4. Oktober 2019

Date: 02-10-2019
Source: The Guardian by Cas Mudde

Sebastian Kurz may change the drift of his party and government, and rebrand them as ‘centrist’, but it mainly illustrates how rightwing the Austrian and European center have become

Sebastian Kurz, the head of Austrian People’s party (ÖVP) addresses the audience on stage during the party’s electoral evening in Vienna, on 29 September.

The Austrian parliament is in disarray. After a scandal within the populist radical right Freedom party (FPÖ), the FPÖ’s coalition government with the conservative People’s party collapsed. New elections were held, which led to a mass exodus of Freedom party voters to the People’s party (ÖVP).

When the Freedom party first entered the government in 2000, other EU member states confronted Austria with a boycott. That feels like a long time ago; when the Freedom party returned in 2017, radical right parties were in government in Hungary and Poland, and radical right policies were no longer at the fringes of European politics. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Matteo Salvini’s improbable dream of a pan-European nationalist alliance

Posted by hkarner - 13. April 2019

Date: 12-04-2019
Source: The Economist

Nationalists tend not to agree with each other


An italian nationalist joining forces with a German one to promise “a new European dream”, as Matteo Salvini termed it, is bound to stir the odd qualm. But oblivious, or indifferent, to historical echoes, Mr Salvini, the leader of Italy’s Northern League, on April 8th sat cheerfully alongside Jörg Meuthen of the Alternative for Germany (afd) on a platform in Milan as he announced the formation of a new, nativist bloc in the next European Parliament. Mr Meuthen said it would be called the European Alliance for People and Nations. And, said Mr Salvini, the aim was “to take in groups with which we have never collaborated before”.

Gail McElroy, a political scientist at Trinity College, Dublin, who has made a study of the European Parliament, said it was likely that the radical right will make some gains at the European elections on May 23rd-26th. “But there is a long history of populist parties forming groups that then fall apart.” Ominously for Mr Salvini, none of the party leaders he had hoped to attract to his new band bothered to show up in Milan.

Movements created to protect national interests and exalt national identities tend to make awkward bedfellows, after all. Jaroslaw Kaczynski’s government in Poland and Viktor Orban’s in Hungary have long turned a deaf ear to Italy’s pleas for a redistribution within the eu of asylum-seekers arriving from Africa. That problem has now been skirted: the new mantra of the populist right is that the answer is to seal Europe’s frontiers. But agreeing on economic policy will be more difficult. The afd and other hard-right northern European groups support precisely the kind of fiscal austerity Mr Salvini claims is holding back the Italian economy. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Posted by hkarner - 16. Dezember 2018

Date: 15-12-2018
Source: The Wall Street Journal
Subject: Europe’s Populist Left and Right Share a Common Call: State Intervention

Italy’s new government shuns the EU’s long-held pro-market policies, instead opting to step in to prop up Alitalia

Italy’s new antiestablishment government engineered the state-owned railroad’s offer to buy a controlling stake in ailing Alitalia.

MILAN—Antiestablishment parties gained support across the continent in recent years by attacking the EU’s immigration and fiscal rules. Less noticed has been their growing pushback against an EU economic orthodoxy that favors markets and competition over state intervention.

In Italy, the new antiestablishment government engineered the state-owned railroad’s offer to buy a controlling stake in perennially stricken airline Alitalia. The railroad, Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane SpA, made its offer, the terms of which aren’t public, contingent on finding an airline as a co-investor. Should a deal be sealed, the Italian government would likely end up with a direct Alitalia stake of about 15% and would control the airline through that holding together with Ferrovie’s share.

The government in Rome, comprising the far-right League and the ideologically eclectic 5 Star Movement, also wants to nationalize water utilities, create a government-controlled bank to finance the economy, and has floated the idea of nationalizing the highway system.

Italy’s economic development minister, Luigi Di Maio, has led the government’s attempt to revive Alitalia.  Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Searching in Europe for Glory Days Gone By

Posted by hkarner - 31. Oktober 2018

Date: 30-10-2018
Source: DER SPIEGEL By Christoph Scheuermann
Subject: The Stephen Bannon Project

It used to be that Europeans would head to the New World on the search for a new start. Former White House strategist Stephen Bannon, though, has made the journey in reverse. Contrary to his grand plans, however, he’s not making much progress.

Early in the morning, before he grabs for his three cell phones, Stephen Bannon sits in a brown, leather armchair in his bedroom and meditates. Twenty minutes of silence followed by an examination of what lies ahead for the day – and then a bit of what he calls divine reading. Currently, he is focusing on the history of the Catholic Church. He says the routine helps him avoid going completely crazy. Or, in Bannon’s own voice: „Without meditating I would go fucking insane.“

He sinks into the armchair next to the bed like a tired gorilla. Gray stubble, stringy hair, red nose, gaping pores. At first glance, one might think that he had a bit too much Rioja the night before, but his only visitors were a couple of people from the White House who stayed late. He slept two, three hours, then an idea, a message, a thought jerked him out of bed, as is so often the case. Bannon doesn’t drink alcohol, only water, coffee and Red Bull.

His bedroom is that of someone who views his life in the context of history, someone who is obsessed with battles and fights, and who surrounds himself with violence, death, adrenaline, importance. On his bedside table are books about Adolf Hitler and World War II, next to the bleached jawbone of an alligator an acquaintance sent him from Florida. The room is a re-creation of Abraham Lincoln’s bedroom in the White House. „Only much brighter and twice the size,“ says Bannon. The shelves next to the bed are packed with war literature. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Good Politics, Bad Economics

Posted by hkarner - 21. September 2018

Robert Skidelsky, Professor Emeritus of Political Economy at Warwick University and a fellow of the British Academy in history and economics, is a member of the British House of Lords. The author of a three-volume biography of John Maynard Keynes, he began his political career in the Labour party, became the Conservative Party’s spokesman for Treasury affairs in the House of Lords, and was eventually forced out of the Conservative Party for his opposition to NATO’s intervention in Kosovo in 1999.

Advocates of liberalism find it hard to accept that populist and authoritarian governments could ever formulate sound economic policies, and they often assume that „free markets“ will always provide widespread prosperity and accountability. They’re mistaken on both counts.

LONDON – Bad economics breeds bad politics. The global financial crisis, and the botched recovery thereafter, put wind in the sails of political extremism. Between 2007 and 2016, support for extremist parties in Europe doubled. France’s National Rally (formerly the National Front), Germany’s Alternative für Deutschland (AfD), Italy’s League party, the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), and the Sweden Democrats have all made electoral gains in the past two years. And I haven’t even mentioned Donald Trump or Brexit.

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Matteo, Marine und Viktor für Europa

Posted by hkarner - 18. September 2018

Date: 17-09-2018


Italiens Vizepremier Matteo Salvini wird zum neuen Stern der europäischen Nationalisten, gefeiert von Marine Le Pen und Viktor Orbán. Sie wollen nicht mehr „raus aus Europa“, sie wollen es übernehmen.

Matteo Salvinis Albtraum könnte man sich etwa so vorstellen: Ein Tag vergeht, eine Woche, noch eine – und es kommen einfach keine Flüchtlinge mehr übers Meer nach Italien. Natürlich, das ist sein Ziel, hat er ja immer gesagt. Aber doch nicht wirklich gemeint. Ohne die Flüchtlinge wäre sein zentrales politisches Thema futsch. Wem sollt er dann martialisch drohen? Vor welcher Invasion von Fremden sollte er sein Land retten?

Noch ist es nicht soweit: 184 Flüchtlinge kamen vergangenen Freitag aus Tunesien auf der italienischen Insel Lampedusa an.

Falscher Albtraum-Alarm für Salvini. Er kann sich weiterhin gemeinsam mit all den Rechtsradikalen, Nationalisten und Populisten in Europa gegen die vermeintliche „Flut“ der Migranten stemmen und dabei immer populärer werden. Nicht nur in Italien.

Beim Jubel-Sonntag des französischen Rassemblement National in Fréjus – wie der Front National nun heißt – war der italienische Rechtsausleger jüngst zwar gar nicht persönlich dabei, gleichwohl war er jedoch omnipräsent. Er strahlte gemeinsam mit der Parteichefin Marine Le Pen auf den Plakaten (Text: „Marine Le Pen & Matteo Salvini – überall in Europa – unsere Ideen“) und kam in fast jeder Rede vor. Der habe es geschafft, begeisterte sich Le Pen unter großem Beifall im Saal, in seinem Land „die Zahl der Asylanten um 60 Prozent zu reduzieren“. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Has Austria Found the Answer to Right-Wing Populism?

Posted by hkarner - 11. September 2018

At last, a fair and intelligent article about Austria’s (successful) dilemma! And that in such a precious media! (hfk)

Date: 11-09-2018

Source: Foreign Policy By Franz-Stefan Gady

Why Center-Right Parties Are the Establishment’s Best Bet

The specter of populism continues to haunt Europe. The so-called European establishment has yet to find a meaningful response to counter those on the far left and far right who claim that they, and only they, represent the true will of the people. The latest manifestation of this trend occurred last weekend when a populist far-right anti-immigration party with roots in neo-Nazism had its best-ever showing in Sweden’s general elections. Social democratic parties in particular are in a state of deep crisis—center-left parties are currently part of only six EU governments out of the 28 member states—and have found it difficult to rally voters around their traditional agenda of social justice and redistributive economic policies. As these ideas are taken for granted by the majority of the European public, social democratic parties simply seem to be no longer benefiting from them at the polls.

Consequently, any check on populist parties for the time being needs to come from the center-right. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), currently the senior partner in a coalition government with the populist right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), has offered such a check, both at the polls and in government. Although it has come with a price—the ÖVP has moved to the right with its politics—a government headed by a center-right party is infinitely preferable to a government headed by the extreme populist right in the current political climate. Examining the case of the ÖVP may therefore offer some insights into strategies to tame populist forces in Europe.


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European political parties shift right

Posted by hkarner - 28. April 2018

Date: 26-04-2018
Source: The Economist

According to a new survey

EVERY four years researchers at the University of North Carolina and other institutions ask experts to place Europe’s political parties on various spectrums. The latest version of the Chapel Hill Expert Survey reviewed 132 parties in 14 EU countries, including the five biggest.

It finds that since 2014, socialist, Christian democrat and conservative parties have as a group moved towards more restrictive immigration policies and that the liberal, Christian democrat and especially conservative ones have increased their tendency to deploy anti-establishment or anti-elite rhetoric.

There is still a gap between Europe’s mainstream and the fringes—but it seems to be narrowing.

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White, right and pretentious

Posted by hkarner - 30. März 2018

Date: 28-03-2018
Source: The Economist

How “identitarian” politics is changing Europe

Having learned from the identity politics of the left, right-wingers are shaping the conversation

THE Flemish city of Ghent is so packed with medieval antiquities that it is in no danger of forgetting its history. Nonetheless, cultural identity is a burning political issue there. On March 22nd marchers led by a conservative Flemish student group, the Nationalist Student Union (NSV), filed into the square of the Cathedral of St Bavo. The march was a protest over the large number of murders of white South African farmers by blacks. It was also part of a growing movement led by young European activists aimed at reshaping identity politics, long the province of the left, into a right-wing cause.

White Afrikaners, like Flemings, speak a form of Dutch, so there is a cultural bond. The NSV, founded in 1976 as part of the Flemish independence movement, wanted to show solidarity with them, said Bavo Janssens, one of the group’s leaders. Behind him flew flags bearing the Flemish lion and a banner reading “ANC murderers”. In a jab at multiculturalism everywhere, Mr Janssens said the Belgian media were too politically correct to admit that “the rainbow nation of Nelson Mandela has failed.” Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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Die Satansjünger – der Fall Landbauer in Niederösterreich

Posted by hkarner - 26. Januar 2018

Gero Jenner, 26/1/2018

Es gibt Gedanken, die man verzeihen kann und oft auch verzeihen muss, weil sie zu den stets möglichen Denkalternativen gehören und nicht an und für sich verwerflich sind, auch wenn sich ihre Folgen oft als unmenschlich erweisen. Ich persönlich hatte zum Beispiel von Anfang an Verständnis dafür, dass ein großer Teil der deutschen ebenso wie der österreichischen Bevölkerung die Einwanderung – auch den Zuzug von Asylanten – auf ein erträgliches Maß begrenzen wollte. In diesem Sinne hatte ich, obwohl in vielen Fragen eher links orientiert, gegen eine rechte ÖVP-Regierung nichts einzuwenden und verstehe auch die Haltung der osteuropäischen Länder, die sich gegen die Politik der europäischen Kommission aussprechen.

Dabei bin ich mir durchaus bewusst, dass eine solche Politik kalt und unmenschlich ist (die Staatshäupter Nordafrikas wurden und werden für die Unmenschlichkeit einer brutalen Grenzsicherung von der EU bezahlt, damit wir uns die Hände in Unschuld waschen können). Andererseits wäre es eine gleich große Unmenschlichkeit der eigenen Bevölkerung gegenüber, wenn wir unsere Grenzen einfach für alle öffnen würde, denn ohne die Wachhunde, die dies verhindern, würde ein Millionenheer vom Süden und Osten her gen Europa anrücken. Deutschland und Österreich haben es ja bisher nicht einmal geschafft, die schon vorhandenen Fremden so einzubürgern, dass sie zu gleichberechtigten und gleichgeachteten Mitbürgern werden. Da konnte man nur kopfschüttelnd konstatieren, dass sich einige Politiker und ihre Parteien eine Zeitlang zuzutrauen meinten, sie könnten und müssten jede Menge an Fremden bei sich beherbergen.

Es gibt Probleme, bei denen jede Lösung zu Unmenschlichkeit führt, das Problem einer – wie man noch vor kurzem sagte – unbegrenzten Einwanderung gehört sicher dazu. Den Rest des Beitrags lesen »

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