What’s next for Austria with right-far right coalition?

Sebastian Kurz said that Austrians voted two months ago and they made a fundamental decision for change in our country. In your opinion how much this change will be driven by radical populist FPÖ (they have MFA, MoD, and also Interior Ministry) and how much is it going to change domestic and European politics of Austria? Read few comments.

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen ÖVP leader Sebastian Kurz und FPÖ chairman Heinz-Christian Strache. Credit: http://www.bundespraesident.at/Peter Lechner/HBF

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What to do with AfD?

AfD can celebrate with a great result in the East Germany and many previously non-voters on its side. No doubt the AfD will be a loud voice in the Bundestag. So how to deal with the AfD? To ostracize them? Talk to them? Something in between? Read few comments.
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Charlottesville: How (un)important is for Trump to keep at least some support of far right extremists?

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Marine Le Pen and the state of European far-right

There is somehow mixed record of populist far-right parties in the current elections in Europe. Austrian Freedom Party candidate lost presidential elections. Dutch Geert Wilders was hardly satisfied with his result, German AfD, though election will take place only in autumn, is losing in the polls. On the other hand French Marine Le Pen is polling on 40 percent which is quite impressive though she is probably going to lose to Emmanuel Macron. European populist far-right is hardly homogeneous but what next for those movements, do you think we might see some changes in their messages, tactics, direction or they will largely stick to the anti-establishment message? Read few comments.

Marine Le Pen. Credit: http://www.frontnational.com/

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The sharp rise in crimes against refugees in Germany and what’s next

Even in 2015 we have been talking about a spike in attacks on refugees in Germany. And now in 2016 there were 3 533 attacks on refugees and refugee accommodations across Germany. How serious is the situation in your opinion, what can/should government do about and do you think that upcoming election might have an effect on even bigger mobilization of the far right scene in Germany? Read few comments.

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Are Austria’s SocDems going far-right (far-left)?

Eastern European countries are exporting their joblessness to Austria, Chancellor Christian Kern said. He is talking also about changing course. Is his aim to attract far-right voters and could this work for Social Democrats especially in the situation when also ÖVP is shifting to the right on many issues? Read few comments.

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