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Elections' results: Austria to become the 5th EU Country with Unity of All the Right ?

Written by ACM
Sunday, 15 October 2017

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After Norway, Denmark, Finland and Bulgaria (etc), Austria seems due to become the 5th EU Country with a New Government forged on the basis of a Unity among All the Political Parties of the Right, according to the Results of Today's Parliamentary Elections, which Surprized also by a quasi-Extinction of a degraded version of "Greens", and the Birth of a New one, Closer to the Right.

 

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Indeed, the Crystal-clear Winners are the Mainstream Right of ChristianDemocrats/EPP, headed by f. Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, who Augment their Votes for + 7,5%, followed by the Rightists of the Freedom Party FPO, headed by Heinz-Christian Strache, who Grow for almost +6%.

 

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Despite a FPO Rightists' Lead in Austrian Polls, which had become Obvious already since 2014-2015-2016,...

 

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... nevertheless, ChristianDemocrat/EPP Leader Kurz Surprisingly managed, from the Middle of 2017, to Mark a sudden and Spectacular Upward Growth of his Party, enough in order to snatch the 1st Rank, regardless of a Last-Minute "come-back" of the Rightists, since last September 2017, which was Insufficient.

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Together, they can have a net Absolute Majority of about 58% of the Votes, (Composed for 31,5% by the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, and about 26,5% by the Rightists of FPO), with 113 MPs (62 + 51, respectively) out of a Total of 183.

 

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On the Contrary, the Socialists remained Stagnant, staying at their Previous score of 26% and something, (i.e. Lower than in the Past), reportedly Heading towards the Opposition.

+ Another, smaller but real Growth of +0,3 % was added also to the Center-Right "NEOS" Party, (set up by an Atypical f. Businessman), which reached 5,3% of the Votes.


But, the "Greens", (co-headed by EU Parliament's MEP Ulrike Lunacek), Surprisingly, Fell so Low, this time, that they Don't even get Any MP at all !

 

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From almost 12,5% that they had before, they Fall now, indeed, Down to Only ...3,8%, (a Loss of -8,6% !), i.e. Lower than the Threshold of 4% needed in order to Participate at the Parliament, with Sweeping Changes in their Leadership expected...


>>> The main cause seems to be the UnExpected, but Spectacular Birth of anOther Ecology-oriented, New Party, headed by Former "Green" MP, Peter Pilz, who Succeeded to win almost 4,5% of the Votes, (and get 8 MPs).


Before that, the "Green" Party (of Lunacek's also Heavily pro-"LBGTI" Agenda, etc), had Rejected Pilz' candidacy for the fourth place in its list, and had even Refused him to present another candidacy for the sixth place...


But Pilz succeeded, (by hastily Creating a brand New Party, with Only 4 Members !), even to Bypass the "Greens", apparently on the basis of a Program quite Strict, vis a vis Mass Asylum Seekers/Irregular Migrants, who Tresspassed into Europe as an UnPrecedented, Giant "Tsunami" through Turkey, of More than, 1,5 Millions of People, since 2015-2016+, which is considered as Similar to what Currently is the Official Position of the CDU/CSU Governing Parties in Germany.

 

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+ In Addition, Pilz reportedly is, also, very Critical vis a vis Turkey's regime, prefering, instead, to Boost Support towards the Kurds and other oppressed Minorities, as well as to Cooperate in the Middle East with Jordany, and other Trustworthy Allies against Deadly Islamist Terrorism, for Peace, etc.

 
Such "New" Positions on "Hot" Topical Issues, apparently Explains, at least partly, also the Spectacular phenomenon of a Fast and Huge "Shift" made by Many People f.ex. in Wien City, (a stronghold of the Left), who Left the "Greens" of Ms Lunacek with - 10,2% Less Votes, , while, on the Contrary, Pilz's party Won, there, ...the Biggest Growth of Votes from All Political Parties in Austria (See relevant Graphics), by Getting + 7,5% of Votes for the First Time !

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=> These New Political Facts could serve, in one way or anoher, in the forthcoming EU Summit, Next Week in Brussels, (19-20 October 2017), where the Heads of State/Government have included in their Agenda also Turkey.


The Brussels' EU Summit is preceeded, as usual, also by a previous, ChristianDemocrat/EPP Summit, earlier the 1st Day, where Kurz might usefully patricipate, if there is enough Time.


At any case, if Kurz heads a Coalition Government together with the FPO's Rightists, (i.e. Stracher and possibly Hofer, who had been Close to Win the Presidential Elections in Austria, back on 2015, before Missing slightly his target, snatched, on the Contrary, by Van der Bellen from the "Greens", with a Wider support), then, he shall Not be Alone :


 - Indeed, Nowadays, he would be at least the 5th Head of State/Government to do so, since Austria could simply Follow the previous, but Recent Examples f.ex. of Norway, Denmark, Finland, Bulgaria, etc.


All those Countries are due to play an Important Role at a European or PanEuropean level in the Forhcoming Months or Years :


F.ex., shortly after German Chancellor Angie Merkel surprized by declaring, recently, that her "Favorite" Head of State/Government is ...Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg, (See: http://www.eurofora.net/newsflashes/news/2017germanelectionresults.html), Denmark is due to take over CoE's rotating Presidency, for the period of November 2017 - May 2018, soon in Strasbourg.


+ Finland is expected to Follow, later-on,  at the CoE's Head, immediately Afterwards (i.e. from May up to November 2018.


** While Bulgaria will take over EU's rotating Presidency, from January up to June 2018, (See, amog others, also Ibid).


°°° As for Austria, it already Holds now OSCE's rotating Annual Presidency for 2017, and is due to Host a relevant Summit on December this year.


=> So that Sebastian Kurz's interestig Statements also on the need tp solve the Ukranian problem, and the Huge Prospects of an ambitious EU - Russia cooperation, from Portugal to Vladivostok, in the foreseeable Future, might Help to have some very Interesting PanEuropean Developments asap.

 

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    Scientific innovation joined to Faith for Human Rights, Eastern Partnership and fight against the Crisis, but above all, the need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" from EU Citizens, are the main priorities for new EU Parliament's President, Polish Jerzy Buzek, that a 555-votes-strong majority of MEPs on July 14,  Strasbourg made a living symbol of the fact that, 20 years after the fall of Berlin Wall (1989 - 2009) there is no more an Eastern or Western Europe, but only one Europe, as the head of the largest group of MEPs, ChristianDemocrats/EPP, Joseph Daul, stressed after the event.

    Speaking later to a group of Strasbourg's Journalists, including "EuroFora", the new EU Parliament's President clarified his stance on concrete topical issues, as f.ex. that of Turkey's controversial EU bid, which was one of the main issues of the June 2009 Electoral campain, clearly won by his party of ChristianDemocrats/EPP :  - "At present, Turkey does not fullfil none of EU conditions", he stressed, (See infra).

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    Buzek is well known in Strasbourg and to "EuroFora" as EU Rapporteur for the Framework Program of Scientific Research and Development of Technologies. A Natural Science Professor from the Historic and Religious landmark Polish City of Częstochowa, active in the famous Solidarnosk grass-roots social movement, he served 4 years as Prime Minister (1997-2001), before being elected as MEP in 2004 and 2009, after he brillantly won the latest EU Election at the head of his party (EPP) almost doubling the number of its MEPs from 15 to 28 !

    - "Innovation" and "Energy safety", as well as fight against the "Cimat change", but also "Eastern Partnership", the "Mediterranean", "Strategic partnerships" with Russia, the USA, etc, and the search for "solutions to the Economic Crisis" that EU Citizens "expect" from us, will be his "priorities", announced from the outset the new EU Parliament's President, reminding also that the quest for "Human and Civic Rights" played an important role in his experience with the Solidarnosc grass-roots social movement in Poland's History

    But, the most important of all, is the urgent need to overcome the "Crisis of Trust" between EU Institutions and the People he stressed : - EU "Citizens often don't understand us", denounced Buzek, launcing a call to "do anything for EU Citizens to understand our work" in EU Parliament : "We (MEPs) need to make EU Citizens involved" in "what we are doing every week, in Strasbourg and Brussels", he proposed. Pointing f.ex. to the hot "Debates" with "strong arguments" exchanged between MEPs during the preparation of their Legislative Decisions, in Committees, delivering often hard struggles between initially opposed points of view, long before forging a majority at the final vote, sometimes more than a year..

    Therefore, EU Parliament will be "open to your criticism, for discussion and exchange of views", he promissed to Journalists in Strasbourg.

    In this way, Buzek, in fact, highlighted "EuroFora"s main idea, that we strongly advocate since 1997-2007, to systematicaly and actively involve EU Citizens in public debates during the decision-making process of important EU measures, which affect their lives and the society in which they live, (and not only just a few weeks each 4 or 5 Years at the eve of EU Elections)...
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    This is related also to the symbolic gift that Buzek chose to give to the out-going former EU Parliament's President, Hans Gert Poettering, (2007-2009), his collegue in the ChristianDemocrats/EPP, who brillantly won 2009 EU Elections in Germany : A genuine statute of sainte Barbara crafted in Silesia's black Coal by Polish Miners : Those simple but strong people who fought for social change against some technocrats and bureaucrats disguissed into so-called "real-socialists" of old times. (PHOTO).

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    But, overcoming the "Crisis of Trust" with EU Citizens obviously implies also to rectify any errors done in the past, fex. on Turkey's controversial EU bid, with controversial decisions taken in 1999 and 2004 to give a "candidate" status and to start EU negotiations, provoking an unprecedented series of 3 "No" to EuroReferenda and 3 Majoriy Abstentions in EU Parliament Elections : 1999, 2005 and 2009, (even if the latest one succeeded to decelerate and almost stop the drop of participation rates, opening hopes for vote's revival after an electoral campaign clearly critical to Turkey's claims in several mainstream EU countries)
    
    Therefore, Buzek was faced with manifold critical Questions on EU Enlargement, most of them citting concrete examples of certain political problems  :  But his replies were almost always given as a matter of general principle :

    F.ex. Questioned on the suspension of EU - Croatia talks because of a Border conflict with EU Member Slovenia, Buzek prefered to speak about principles :

- "We know that during Enlargement, the process can be blocked by failure to resolve this kind of issues",  This concerns also other enlargments' cases", and "these rules are always in force" he warned.


But Buzek avoided to directly reply to a queston on "French and German EPP' calls to define the Borders of Europe", as a German journalist asked him by making a reference to French President Nicolas Sarkozy, and German Chancellor Angie Merkel's, critical statements on Turkey at the June 2009 Electoral campain.    

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- "For my country (Poland) it took us 15 Years to fullfil these Criteria", Buzek reminded, indicating, if proportions are kept, that Turkey, fex. would have to spend some 25 years before eventually joining the EU..

- "Countries wishing to join the EU need to Change their Systems", as we (Poland and other former Eastern European Countries) did, he stressed.

- "'For me, meeting the condition of Human Rights is one of the Key conditions for membership in the EU", preferring again to speak from the point of view of General Principles, on the occasion of an untimely question on Serbia (which is not even a candidate yet)...

- "Turkey" has, "first of all", to fullfil (EU) Copenhagen criteria". Bevause, currently, none of them is fullfiled by Turkey", New EU Parliament's President, denounced, speaking later to a group of Journalists, including "EuroFora".

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In particular, on Human Rights :  - "We (EU) can never forget Human Rights", because "this is at the very Foundations of the EU", Buzek added.

On the contrary, when he referred to EU Enlargment for the  "Western Balkans Countries ", Buzek appeared upbeat, finding "promising situations", despite "difficulties" in the Past, since "Countries are queuing to become EU members", and this "generated changes", as he said.

As for Russia, Buzek observed that it was a "very important" country, located "in the same Continent", Europe,  "close to our borders", and "we need eachother". "But Russia' has 'differend poblems : "They claim that their system is Democratic, but rules are differend", and we must be "aware of such differencies", fex. "on Human Rights", that we can't ignore, as he said;

Concerning China, where a journalist observed that the recipient of EU Parliament's latest "Sakharov prize" for freedom of thought is "still in prison", Buzek found that since the 1999 events in Tien Amin square, "we see differencies on Human Rights still today", and expressed his "support" for those who try to ameliorate the situation.

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