Austria: Right-Winged Extreme Party Buoyed by Tailwind

PeoplePoliticians ♦ Published: May 21, 2014; 19:52 ♦ (Vindobona)

The Austrian right-winged Freedom Party (FPÖ) is using the disappointment over the grand coalition’s inability to tackle major economic issues to its advantage.

Strache, leader of the right-winged FPÖ, takes advantage of the overall frustration. / Picture: © Wikipedia / Christian Tschaensky

The Freedom Party, founded by the controversial figure of Jörg Haider, and now under the leadership of Heinz-Christian Strache, is one of the European populist parties gaining increasing support by angry and frustrated citizens.

Even though Austria is still in a very good position compared to most European countries – with the lowest unemployment rate and a rather good…