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The unelected president of the European Union’s (EU) executive arm has urged the democratically elected Austrian premier to form a “pro-European” government. European Commission president Jean-Claude Juncker made the comments in a letter to Sebastian Kurz, whose Christian Democrat Austrian People’s Party (OVP) topped the polls with 31.7 per cent of the vote. The right-wing Freedom Party (FPO) came in second place on 27.4 per cent, above the Social Democrats (SPO) on 26.8 per cent. Whilst the SPO is pro-EU, the FPO is Eurosceptic, promising to hold a referendum on withdrawing Austria from future EU bailouts and opposing EU migration policy.
Mr. Kurz is expected to form a coalition government with the FPO, which could be hostile to the EU and form alliances with other Eurosceptic governments like Hungary. Mr. Juncker’s intervention, therefore, could be seen as the EU president pushing Mr. Kurz to go into coalition with the SPO rather than the FPO.
In an incredible display of tactless arrogance, Juncker, a man who has never received the consent of the 500 million people he governs, directed the newly confirmed leader of Austria’s OVP to form a coalition government, not with the FPO, a party with a similar philosophy and who came in second to OVP, but with SPO. SPO is a pro-EU party that would be Mr. Juncker’s lackey. OVP plus FPO would form an overwhelming majority of Austrians, a true mandate.
Juncker’s imperious command is a corrupt insult to everyone’s respect for the democratic process. Mr. Kurz is only 31 years old but he shouldn’t listen to the old fool for one minute. Kurz should do what is best for Austria and let the EU fend for itself.
The EU is the Soviet Union with better wardrobe and catering. What a plus.