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Historic victory for the far-right in the European elections in Austria – Its leader won many voters thanks to his “anti-vaccination” speech

The far-right FPÖ party took first place in the European elections held yesterday Sunday in Austria, claiming its first victory in a national electoral process. He received 25.7% of the vote, based on almost final results. The right-wing ÖVP faction (24.7%), in government at this stage, and the SPÖ Social Democrats (23.2%) followed closely behind. The Greens gathered 10.7% of the vote. After the much-maligned Ibiza-gate scandal, the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) secured only three seats in the European Parliament in 2019, but will now double the number of seats it will occupy in the semi-circle. It regained its strength under the leadership of its radical leader Herbert Kickle. “The voters (…) wrote history,” he told his supporters in Vienna with satisfaction, they showed “the will to usher in a new political era in Austria and in Europe.” Mr Kickl, who took over as party chairman in 2021, won over many voters thanks to his “anti-vaccination” speech in the midst of a pandemic […]
Source: News Beast

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