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Thursday, March 15, 2018

If far-right of Europe: the result of the election Hofer in Austria logical

In almost every school class there is necessarily a “johnny” – a child who does not want to obey strict teacher and the most dramatic way violates the rules. In the “noble family” of the European Union, the role of such a troublemaker in the past couple of decades playing Austria — or, to be precise, politically incorrect Austrian voters.

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In 2000, these “punks” have given as many votes the far-right Freedom Party, what other “order” of the Austrian political parties had to make room. The Freedom Party had been officially included in the government. The European Union was then in a state of great indignation and imposed against Vienna official sanction. But, as it turns out now, the irrepressible Austrian voters “of the European thin hint” is not understood.

On the Austrian presidential election of 2016 candidate from the Party of Freedom Norbert Hofer showed a stunning result and was one tiny step away from the chair of the head of state. If the counting results of the last round of votes will enable Hofer to make this step, it will be a sensation on a European scale: for the first time since 1945, the representative of right-wing forces will become Supreme leader “civilized” countries of the Old world.

Frankly: in Austria I was only once in my life. And in-depth analysis of the political realities of the Vienna I, unfortunately, can not afford — especially in the sense of practical politics to analyze here, nothing special. The President of Austria is elected by all the population, but the really important powers he gulkin nose: all the really important levers of power are de facto in the hands of the head of the government of the Federal Chancellor. The task of the President — to serve as “the symbol of Austrian national identity” and does not interfere with daily state policies.

Why is one only the prospect of the entry of Norbert Hofer in the former residence of the Austrian emperors, the Hofburg Palace, so alarmed European politicians of the traditional “respectable” parties? Because, not even becoming President of Austria, Norbert Hofer brilliantly played the role of symbol — a symbol that is familiar to all modern European political model began to change rapidly in the most bizarre unpredictable ways.

In 1989, American political scientist Francis Fukuyama published in the journal “The National Interest” his famous article: “the End of history?” Here the main thesis of this material: “what we witnessed, it’s not just the end of the cold war or the end of a particular period of postwar history. It’s the end of history as such: the end point of ideological evolution of mankind and the universalization of Western liberal democracy as the final form of managing people”.

Events in different parts of the globe very quickly proved that the main “talent” by Francis Fukuyama is the ability to get a finger to the sky. But the leaders of a United Europe actually took the principles of Fukuyama into service. The main feature of European Union policy in the last couple of decades has been the aggressive expansion and the belief that “liberal democracy” is able to automatically solve all problems.

“The final chord” of this policy was largely inspired by the leaders of the EU and US coup in Ukraine: supporting the force change of power in Kiev, European leaders did not expect that Moscow would react to this event not in the spirit of humble recognition of the greatness of the ideas of Francis Fukuyama.

The trouble is, as you know, seldom comes alone. In 2014, after beginning of the Ukrainian crisis problems of the European Union began to multiply like a snowball. The war in Syria has made the problem of the EU is the number one topic of migration. And it turned out that understanding, how this problem can be overcome, among European leaders, there is: apparently, Francis Fukuyama on the matter, nothing good has written. A series of terrorist acts in France and Belgium has given of the situation in the old world even more sinister: a prescription solution to the problem of radicalization of the new citizens of Europe too, no one else.

I am writing these lines without any malice and feelings of superiority: terrorism and illegal migration for Russia are no less painful problem than for the EU. I am writing these lines with hope — a hope that in the long term, common challenges still allow Russia and Europe to overcome the mutual alienation. And the first indication that such overcoming has already begun to loom somewhere over the horizon should be considered the success of those European political forces, which are called far right.

Why I used such a heavy verbal design – “forces, which are called far right?”. Because I am a classical centrist, which used to be treated with the same distrust and to the far right, and to ultralevel. I used to think that “far-right European politicians” is sinister figures like the recently deceased former head of the Italian Masonic Lodge P-2, Licio jelly.

Now about the jelly, of course, few people remember. But in 70-e and 80-e years his name is called, rattled. In his Masonic Lodge was part of the most famous Italian politicians, military and security chiefs. Jelly was accused of involvement in each loud Italian political scandal and the terrorist attack: for example, the abduction and murder of former Prime Minister Aldo Moro in 1978, or which caused large human casualties of the explosion at the railway station in Bologna in 1980.

Against the background of these “colorful” personalities from the past of the current European far-right seem like innocent lambs. Take, for example, the same five minutes of the President of Austria Norbert Hofer. Hofer advocated the establishment of relations with Russia. And his position regarding the issue of migration, according to the “new York times”, as follows: “Addressing thousands of his supporters at a noisy rally in Vienna… Hofer stressed that it welcomes foreigners and migrants in Austria — but only if they execute her laws: “Those people who do not appreciate our country and go to war for ( banned in Russia – “MK”) of ISIS or rape women, I say: “Austria is not your home! You can’t stay in Austria!”.

Let the zealots of political correctness nailed me to the pillory, but I don’t see anything particularly inappropriate in this particular statement. Moreover, it seems to me perfectly reasonable. Of course, one reasonable statement is not a reason in order to consider all of the current European far-right “white and fluffy”. One reasonable statement is not even a reason in order to form a clearly positive opinion about politics, which this statement was made. From Moscow it is difficult to see all the details of what is happening in Vienna. But the devil, as you know, very often hidden in the details.

But that’s what the mind does not leave me for a long time: the fact that sensible things about the situation in Europe often say “far-right figures” testifies to the loss of orientation on the part of politicians of the traditional European “respectable” parties. These policies can be mechanically consider themselves centrists. But in fact they are no longer centrists, and the carriers of outdated dogmatic political ideology, which increasingly comes into conflict with reality. European voters see it and “punish” representatives of the traditional parties: vote for “far right”.

If my feelings do not deceive me, that European politics will be a lot different: in the EU, the opinion of the voters is not what “public servants” can ignore for a long time. And me the prospect of such a change is not disappointing.

Read the material on “the fear Factor: why the election of the President of Austria is the leader of the nationalist”

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