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

Pisac ACM
15. 10. 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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    The recent paradox of freezing EU Talks with front-runner Croatia, while continuing controversial EU - Turkey talks, despite Zagreb's acceptance of Refugees' Human Rights to return, that Ankara refuses fex. in Cyprus, while both have "Good Neighborhood" problems vis a vis Slovenia, or Greece, Cyprus and Armenia respectively, can it be justified by the non-fullfilment of EU criteria, as Slovenia says, or, is it "Double Standards" ?    

The question became unavoidable after statements by Presidents of Slovenia and Croatia, Tuerk and Mesic, respectively, to "EuroFora", exclusively or among Strasbourg's journalists this week at the CoE, on the sidelines of its 2009 Summer University for Political Schools, which topically brought them together as successive key-note speakers.


    Comming only a few Months before EU checks Turkey's compliance to its commitments on Cyprus, etc., scheduled for December 2009, this obviously has a special importance for the coherence of EU Enlargement's principles.

     Suspension of EU Negotiations is a normal consequence in case of a Candidate Country's failure to fullfil EU Conditions, such as "Good Neighborhood relations", stressed at first Slovenian President Danilo Tuerk, current CoE's chair.

    But, regarding EU's Criteria,  there shouldn't be any "Double Standards",  reacted Croatian President Stjepan Mesic, commenting the fact that Turkey's controversial EU negotiations continue, while they were recently "freezed" in the case of Croatia, an "unquestionably European Country", which oficially accepts to respect Refugees Human Rights, contrary to Ankara's notorious refusals or reluctance.                                       

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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           - "EU itself has set as a Criterium (for EU Enlargement) the "Good Neighborhood relations",  and their absence justifies the "Suspension" EU Negotiations, (f.ex. with Croatia), because of a Border dispute affecting the territorial integrity of an EU Member Country, stressed Slovenian President, Danilo Tuerk, CoE's Chairman in office (May - November 2009), speaking to Journalists in Strasbourg including "EuroFora".    

Questioned earlier what "consequences on EU's Enlargement policy" can have the "Ban on EU Membership Negotiations", imposed to Croatia, Tuerk replied that "this question comes down to the fulfillement of (EU) Criteria for membership. One has to look at each Candidate Country ., from the point of view whether it fullfils the Criteria that EU has set. One of them are Good Neighborhood Relations, I'd like to remind. And also, there are other factors, such as Justice, Home affairs, Rule of Law, and others".


    - "Now, ..Candidate Countries are at Different Levels of fulfillement of Criteria", he observed.

    - " Croatia is obviously the closest to that. I'm rather optimistic : I think that in the coming Months we'll have an opportunity to look at all these issues constructively and hopefully we'll be able to make progress". "My main concern, at this point, is the situation in Bosnia : We haven't seen enough progres domesticaly. We haven't seen enough during ..political parties within their country.We need a New Energy, a new energetic move towards the Candidature for EU membership. "Other (Western Balkan) Countries (Serbia, Montenegro, FYROM, Albania) have been making soaring Progress, and I think that they should be ready, in a few Years, for the Candidate status".

    - "As far as the Western Balkans are concerned, .. nobody should be left outside" the EU, Slovenian's President concluded, ommitting to mention Turkey's controversial EU bid.

    - "This process may be seen as Slow, but..  Slovenia has also has also been exposed to various "Booms of Slowness" in our accession period. But now we can say that the process was relatively quick, because changes which occur after becoming EU member, are quite large, and they require proper Preparations before the (EU) membership becomes a new factor, an impacting line for a new (EU) member country".
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Slovenian statements made some participants from certain 3rd Countries as FYROM, etc. claim that "the Principle of EU Solidarity" would "produce a.. rising European Union Nationalism (sic !), against Non-EU Countries", as they said, asking unhappy foreign countries to form a "bloc" to exert pressure on the EU...    

But Croatian President Stjepan Mesic dismissed that, supporting "EU Integration", "after the Economy also in Political" issues, as "the achievement" of our times. In EU there is "diversity, but it's United", he stressed, "EU has to be United so that it can become a central factor of Peace" also at the surrounding areas, he replied.

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Speaking later exclusively to "EuroFora", the experienced twice President of Croatia, former President of the International "Non-Aligned" movement, denounced "Double Standards" in the way EU treats recently Croatia compared to Turkey :   

 - "I think that there shouldn't be Double Standards", stressed the Croatian President, in reply to a Question comparing the freeze of EU - Croatia talks, with the continuation of EU - Turkey talks, despite the fact that Croatia is an "unquestionably European country", while Turkey's EU bid is notoriously controversial.


    Mesic was reacting to the observation that, even if he confirmed his "respect of Refugees' Human Rights to return, etc. (See infra), nevertheless, EU talks are suspended with Croatia.. While for oher, controversial candidates, who refuse to respect Refugees' Rights to return, etc., as fex. Turkey does in occupied Cyprus and elsewhere, EU negotiations continue".

    - "I believe that Croatia's accession will confirm that all European Countries who fulfill all of the Conditions and achieve European Standards, have to join the EU. There shouldn't be any Double Standards", went on to add in reply President Mesic.

    In this relation, Croatia's President found "of paramount importance", CoE's "mechanisms enforcing ECHR's judgements"
    
    - "On Refugees and Displaced persons, the process will be completed only after the last person demanding to return will be allowed to do so !", President Mesic Croatia stressed earlier, setting a general standard of obvious importance also for otherr candidates, as f.ex. Turkey, often accused to exclude or heavily restrict Greek Cypriot Displaced persons' return to their Family Homes and ancestral land, provoke difficulties to Turkish-Kurd IDPs return to their home regions at the South-East, etc.

    Some "2.000 People are still reported Missing" in former Yugoslavia, for some Years, (as in Cyprus, modern Europe's oldest case, for 3 Decades. Nagorno-Karabach, Tcecnya in Russia, etc, more recently), and Investigations "will only be completed after establishing the fate of the last one of them", he added.
    
    Speaking earlier on "War Crimes", President Mesic stressed that "Leaders are responsible for (the) Wars (of the Past), not the People", and called against Impunity :  "Individuals have to be held Responsible for Crimes. International Penal Tribunals have to persecute those individuals", perpetrators of War Crimes, he underlined.

    Such statements naturally made Mesic rather popular at ECHR, whose President, French EuroJudge, Professor Jean-Paul Costa, looked particularly smiling when he welcomed him later on Wednesday afternoon, after Slovenian President Daniko Tuerk earlier this week.
           

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