An Austrian delegation traveled to Moscow to sign an agreement with the ruling government coalition. A scene from the cold war? No, a new milestone in building a patriotic front in Europe.
As the most important daily newspaper of Austria, the Krone, reported, Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of the FPÖ, and F.W. Schelesnjak of United Russia signed a new 10 point agreement outlining cooperation between the two organizations. In this, the cooperation between the two patriotic parties is raised to a new level.
Compared with the current Austro-Russian relations, the document represents a paradigm shift: the signatories advocate an end to EU sanctions against Russia. These have been a major problem for Austrian agriculture in the past.
Both parties committed themselves to a mutual agreement not to meddle in the internal affairs of one another, and to end support of subversive NGOs and human rights organizations.
In view of the current seething conflicts between the EU and Russia, the FPÖ wants to appear in the future as a "bridge builder" and help "achieve a diplomatic pacification of the conflicts in Syria and the Crimea." This places the FPÖ in the tradition of the neutral Austrian foreign policy during the Cold War. Here, Austria often managed to organize summits between the then US and USSR superpowers, for example, between J.F. Kennedy and Khrushchev.
Strache and the FPÖ also announced that they want to restore the active policy of Austrian neutrality under Bruno Kreisky. They see Vienna as a potential center of reconciliation between East and West as in the Cold War.
In Austria, a passage of the agreement caused particular consternation, in which the two parties announce their intention to exchange their views on "legislative activity" and "experience in party building". While the Krone print edition of December 19 warned of this as some kind of precursor to the reintroduction of dictatorship, it bodes something quite different: the transformation of Austria into a patriotic state, which first and foremost necessitates a transformation of liberal legislation.
A passage on the "(...) upbringing of the young generation in the spirit of patriotism" also caused great excitement among representatives of the globalists. But this is not a "communist state education", as the liberal journalist Doris Vettermann suspects, but a reflection on the identity and traditions of Austria.
The reactions from the Austrian swamp as reported in die Presse, i.e. the globalists from the ranks of the ÖVP, SPÖ and Greens, promptly followed: thus Austria's "Conservatives" spoke of a “ridiculous foreign-political voyage" of the FPÖ, while the Greens called the FPÖ "a fifth column of Russia".
As reported by the Krone, Heinz-Christian Strache responded responded to the accusations with amusement and spoke of the "envy of the other parties" on the foreign-policy initiative of the FPÖ. The agreement with United Russia can be seen as a glimmer of hope for peace in Europe. After all, the FPÖ is now the strongest party in Austria with more than 33% of the polls. After the 2018 National Council elections, the agreement with United Russia could become a reality and framework for relations between Austria and Russia.
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