It was a bizarre scene when Sebastian Kurz, star of Austrian People's Party (ÖVP), and Heinz-Christian Strache, frontman of Right Freedom Party (FPÖ), met on Tuesday as a duel on television. There were two politicians who were vying for who was populist of anger. The whole thing culminated in shouting duels and a grotesque competition, who is better buddy of Hungary's prime Minister Viktor Orbán. "I can arrange an appointment for you," bragged briefly with his privileged proximity to Orbán.
In Germany, two would have a voter potential of 13 percent. In Austria, if polls are only approximate, both parties toger will come to a good 55 percent of voters.
Antialiens, Antiimmigration, Antiislam – that was Leibma of FPÖ so far. But in recent months, ÖVP man has done everything to overtake radau populists on right. Hardly a problem for which non-immigrants are blamed, from budget deficits to low pensions. "And when it comes to transport policy," quipped political scientist and television analyst Peter Filzmaier, "he would say real problem are burqa wearers who park in second lane in front of Islamic kindergartens."Revolver Blades dominate
Austria first, Austrian before, immigration best at zero or "minus immigration" – this has become mainstream in Austrian election campaign. And that in a country where neir feeling of everyday life nor hard figures give rise to a deep crisis diagnosis: The economy is humming, unemployment is declining and social trenches that rip country are not as deep as in or countries. How could it get that far?
First, imbalance of medial discourse.
Unlike in Germany, Austria's media discourse is quite massively dominated by boulevard. The place deer on Boulevard, Kronen newspaper, has a sales circulation of more than 700,000 copies daily, that is as if image would sell eight million. And it also provides a race with two more revolvers, newspaper Austria and free sheet today. All se leaves began an aggressive alien campaign, since image was still quite taken from welcome culture. What is called Boulevard in Germany is left-liberal intelligence format compared to right-hand combat leaves in Austria.
But that's not end of song yet. Right Facebook pages and websites drive aggressive discourse and play with Boulevard ping Pong, and Liberal Party is on net a real power. Strache has hundreds of thousands of Facebook fans and likes to share incitement articles of Kronen newspaper, which gives m ir traffic, which again causes m to be thankful and to put in particular articles online that can be shared by Strache.
With website unzensuriert.at, FPÖ also has a nearby Internet medium that turns whole discourse furr into hysterical. Quality media can hardly argue, or even: at most argue, which means y are acting out of a defensive at best. Moreover, media, which in hysterical Antimigrationsdiskurs still write against stream, can be counted on fingers of a hand anyway – even when you have come into circular saw with your hand.
Secondly, imbalance of discourse in politics.
The game order in Austrian domestic politics has been following for years: The FPÖ calls in opposition a restrictive immigration policy, whereupon People's Party in coalition takes over se demands. After all, she believes that she has to play hard dog in order to be able to take wind out of sails of FPÖ. For years ÖVP has been responsible for ministers, especially interior ministers (or interior minister). The Social Democrats are always catapulting this into moral predicaments, which regularly lead to falling down and giving in to demands of ÖVP, since in this game and discourse Order no one wants to stand as a foreigner friend.
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