Editor’s Note: While many Europeans have favored the idea of leaving the European Union – hoping that it could just be dismantled all together – the Austrian government actually may be taking a more intelligent and measured course of action.
A united Europe isn’t the problem – the problem is that the Europeans haven’t actually been in control of the Union…extra-European entities are. Meaningful change in the EU could be a very useful way to clean house in all the countries suffering from the damaging economic and immigration polices imposed upon Europe by that extra-European force.
True European Unity might just be the best solution for these seemingly insurmountable problems.
THE new Austrian Government will “set the agenda for the future of Europe” amid concerns in Brussels over the country’s political direction.
By Oli Smith
PUBLISHED: 09:56, Sat, Dec 23, 2017 | UPDATED: 18:24, Sat, Dec 23, 2017
The new Austrian government will set the political agenda for the European Union, as its coalition leaders look to change how Europe is run.
Prime Minister Sebastian Kurz struck a controversial coalition deal with the far-right Freedom Party to form a new Government.
In return, the Freedom Party were given top cabinet posts and control over the Interior, Defense and Foreign Ministries.
The new coalition leaders will not seek to leave the EU, but instead seek to change how the bloc is run, according to political analyst Thomas Hofer.
Mr Hofer told the BBC: “The Freedom Party will set the agenda across Europe, not just in Austria.”There are people inside the party who are very radical, but their policies are becoming mainstream.”Issues-wise, as a party, they haven’t changed. It is Europe and Austria that has changed.”They brought up a lot of issues which were unutterable back then, and are now pretty mainstream all over Europe.”
Austria has also revealed that they plan to hold an EU summit next year, to push a tougher anti-immigration line on the wider European stage.
The new government has not wasted time in confronting other European powers.The coalition has also pledged to resist EU centralisation and “take back control” top-down orders from Brussels, according to Mr Hofer.Last weekend, Mr Kurz, who has insisted on his pro-EU position, described his coalition as one which wants to “actively shape Europe”. According to the BBC report, those in Brussels fear that the country could move towards the populist policies of Poland and Hungary, and turn away from traditional allies like Germany.
Publicly, European Commission head Jean-Claude Juncker has said he had no bias against Austria’s new government, adding it would be judged on its actions.