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AUSTRIAN FREEDOM PARTY

AUSTRIAN FREEDOM PARTY

THE AUSTRIAN PARTY OF AUSTRIA (THE FREEDOM PARTY OF AUSTRIA) is a right-wing political party in Austria, founded in 1956 by Anton Reinthaller. The party is committed to preserving and maintaining Austrian identity and social welfare. Economically, the party maintains a liberal position: it advocates privatization and low taxes, combined with the transformation of the country into a welfare state. The party's demands also include tougher control over immigration. The Austrian Freedom Party is in favor of lifting international sanctions against Russia. The Austrian Freedom Party was founded as the successor to the Federation of Independents. The party constituent congress was held in 1956. In 1986, Jörg Haider became party leader, after which an ideological turn of the party towards right-wing populism began. This led to an increase in electoral support. In the 1999 elections, the Austrian Freedom Party won 26.9% of the popular vote and 52 seats (28% of the total number of seats), becoming the second most popular party in the country. In 2005, party leader Jörg Haider and other party leaders left the party, creating a new party - the Alliance for the Future of Austria. In 2006, the Austrian Freedom Party won 21 seats in parliament. During three electoral cycles from 2006 to 2017. the party was in opposition. In the elections to the National Council in 2013, the party won 40 seats (22% of the total number of seats). By 2010, in foreign policy, the party led by Heinz-Christian Strache (who served as party chairman from 2005-2019) began to increasingly support Israel. In the same year, representatives of the party visited Israel, where they adopted the "Jerusalem Declaration" confirming Israel's right to exist and be protected. The Austrian Freedom Party also recognizes the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. During the leadership of Strache, the party collaborated with right-wing parties in other countries, such as the Italian League, the Belgian Flemish Interest, the movement of citizens for Germany. In addition, the party has contacts with other right-wing parties (the Hungarian Fidesz party, the French National Front party, the Danish People's Party, the Swedish Democrats party, etc.). In 2016, a cooperation agreement was signed between the Austrian Freedom Party and the United Russia Party. Following the 2014 European elections, the party joined the National Front, Northern League, Vlaams Belang and the Czech civilian Conservative Party in order to form a political group in the European Parliament. The Austrian Freedom Party is one of the founders of the Identity and Democracy Party in the European Parliament (originally "Europe of Nations and Freedom"), consisting of nationalist, right-wing populist and Eurosceptic parties. In the 2019 elections to the European Parliament, 3 representatives of the Austrian Freedom Party (16% of the Austrian quota) became MEPs. In 2017, the party regained its popularity, receiving 26% of the vote and 51 seats in the National Council (28% of the total number of seats). The Austrian Freedom Party again became the junior partner in the coalition government with the Austrian People's Party. In the 2019 elections to the Austrian National Council, the party won 31 seats, which is 17% of the total. Since 2019, the party leader is Norbert Hofer. Christian Hafenecker has been the party's general secretary since 2018. The party's headquarters are located in Vienna, the capital of Austria. The number of party members is over 60,000 people. Official site of the party: www.fpoe.at