This is not just any populist party that has risen to positions of power in the new Austrian government: they are the true heirs of Nazism, which they are tirelessly trying to rehabilitate.
The FPÖ (the Freedom Party of Austria) must be vigorously opposed not only because it was established by former SS and because of its nostalgia of the Third Reich that, but particularly because of what it is today: a radically racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic, sexist, xenophobic and anti-democratic party with a strong pro-fascist dimension.
Indeed, it is the party of neo-Nazis and of the genocide deniers. Almost half of its current parliamentarians belong to “Germanic Fraternities” forbidden to Jews, to homosexuals and to women, reserved for those deemed to belong to a gruesomely fantasized “Aryan race.” Among its leaders’ beliefs:
- A leading regional FPÖ candidate recently called for gassing another million Jews.
- The current Minister of Defense called Holocaust survivors a “national plague.”
- The Minister of the Interior, who will guide the EU’s asylum policy in the second half of the year if nothing is done until then, proposed to “concentrate the refugees” in camps. This is the same person who, last year, was a guest speaker at the congress of the neo-fascist youth group “Identitäre.”
- “Viennese blood. Too much foreignness is good for nobody” is one of their most recent slogans.