Friday, June 19, 2015

#AUSTRIA: Social Democrats Form Coalition With "Extremist" Freedom Party In Burgenland

[world politics news]

Less than a week after regional elections in the small Austrian state of Burgenland, the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) entered a coalition with the right-wing Freedom Party. The alliance marks a sharp change for the Social Democats, which in a 2004 conference resolution, reaffirmed in 2014, described the Freedom Party as "right-wing extremist" and rejected "any coalition with the right-wing populist FPÖ at all political levels."

Pictured: Johann Tschürtz (L) of the Burgenland Freedom Party and Social Democatic Party Gov. Hans Niessl.

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