Power needs control. This is the three-word slogan being trumpeted by Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) in its presidential election campaign. The party’s candidate Norbert Hofer is running on a promise to get tough on Europe’s migrant crisis.
As reported by the Reuters news agency, the FPO successfully challenged the result of a runoff vote in May that Hofer narrowly lost against former Green Party leader Alexander Van der Bellen. The Constitutional Court ordered a re-run, which will take place on October 2.
Hofer’s slogan is the same as that which in 1992 ensured victory for the current president’s predecessor, Thomas Klestil from the conservative People’s Party (OVP).
According to Hofer’s campaign manager and the party’s secretary, Herbert Kickl, he wants to become a “necessary counter weight to a power cartel that has established itself at every nook and corner in the state”.
Hofer is a eurosceptic and has said that in some cases Austria should consider leaving the European Union, reported Reuters.