Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Austria's Freedom Party Signs Cooperation Agreement With Putin's Party

Austria's Freedom Party had its beginning in the 1950's with Austrians who had supported Hitler.  It has risen in power along with other far right parties in Europe who have exploited popular concerns about immigration and terrorism.  It came close to winning the presidency in the recent Austrian election.  The Freedom Party opposes the sanctions imposed on Russia following its activities in Ukraine and Crimea.  It has also aligned itself with Donald Trump's team which includes General Flynn who also supports a closer relationship with far right parties in Europe including Putin's.  We may be seeing the development of an alignment of far right populist parties in Europe and the US led by Putin and Donald Trump. 

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