Despite the demise of the far-right’s role in government, cases of Islamaphobia continue across the country although an open society enshrined in law by the late King Franz Josef I as far back as 1912.
It took a corruption scandal to bring down the extreme right in the coalition government, but for the refugees that have suffered under their policies there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the snap poll for September after a German newspaper published covertly filmed footage featuring his far-right coalition partners offering government contracts to purported Russian businesswoman.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for an early election after Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Stracher resigned following a video scandal.
The new bloc would be called the European Alliance for People and Nations and would challenge the three centrist parties that have dominated the EU Parliament for more than 40 years.
The white supremacist terrorist who killed 50 Muslim worshippers in New Zealand mosques donated a large sum of money to Austria’s Identitarian Movement, one of the rising far-right groups in Europe and North America.
Hostility towards foreigners is now not just in the public realm but increasingly in the halls of power in Austria with dangerous consequences for refugees and immigrants.
In the 60s, Russia took advantage of leftist anti-imperialist movements in an attempt to destabilise the liberal world order. Today, the Russians are trying to repeat the feat with the far-right, only this time, Islamophobia is the rallying cry.
A decision by Austria to close seven mosques and expel as many as 60 imams has been branded by a senior Turkish government spokesman as a populist attempt to standardise racism and Islamophobia.
The reaction to Russia's alleged assassination attempt in the UK shows that Brexit hasn't broken the UK's global influence, but the response does show that there is little unity within the EU.
Around 20,000 people gather to protest against the new coalition government which includes the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), which was founded by former Nazis.
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