Austria’s Freedom Party (FPO) has accused Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (OVP) of stealing its platform ahead of a parliamentary election.

Austria’s Freedom Party (FPO) has accused Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (OVP) of stealing its platform ahead of a parliamentary election.

* Austria: Austria’s Freedom Party (FPO) has accused Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (OVP) of stealing its platform on immigration and the economy ahead of a parliamentary election.

** There will be some tension between the two parties as they compete with each other ahead of the elections. This is normal. However, we see a golden opportunity for both parties to benefit from each other.

*** Kurz has led opinion polls ahead of the Oct. 15 election with just over 30 percent. The Freedom Party and the SPO trail with around 25 percent each.

– FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache’s comments came a day after Kurz presented plans for his conservative People’s Party (OVP) for changes in the corporate tax law and cuts to benefits for migrants.

“The program Kurz presented is almost identical to the FPO economic program. We are still waiting for the presentation of the OVP’s own economic plan,” Strache told Reuters.

– There is no doubt the Freedom Party led the fight against migration from the start. This must be acknowledged. In 2015, during the government coalition of SPO and OVP, Austria accepted Angela Merkel’s “solidarity” and was flooded with migrants from the Middle East and Africa. Today, they are paying the consequences for their thoughtless open-door policy.

Yes, the SPO may have led the charge, but the OVP was their partner and, in our opinion, did not do enough to resist. The Freedom Party has a point.

– However, the OVP, at the time, was led by a progressive that attacked the policies of Viktor Orban and often sided with the SPO and Berlin. Today, the OVP has a new leader, Sebastian Kurz, who carries a message on migration much closer to the V4’s point of view than Brussels.

– Obviously, these parties agree on many issues, although they differ in tone, intensity and style. The FPO and OVP have much in common on migration, taxes and education to form a solid coalition. Although Kurz was not the first to lay out these plans, one cannot blame a new entrant for espousing quality platforms with merit.

“Given Sebastian Kurz’s popularity, a coalition between the OVP and the FPO seems to be the most likely outcome,” said Vienna-based analyst Peter Hajek.

However, we are deeply troubled by Kurz’s statement in the article. Kurz told reporters he did not rule out working with any party and was “equidistant” from the FPO and the SPO.

Equidistant? Given Kurz’s campaign agenda, how can he make such a statement? The SPO is led by the liberal Christian Kern, who is a member of the Party of European Socialists, an extreme group that promotes open-borders, mass migration and multiculturalism. The SPO wants to levy new taxes and greatly expand the role of government. The SPO’s socialist manifesto even includes a tax on wealth and inheritance.

– Sebastian Kurz needs to realize his sudden popularity is directly tied to his opposition to migration and the old establishment. What is this talk of SPO? Austrians are quite unhappy with the direction taken by the inept coalition of SPO and OVP since 2006. Kurz is relatively young (not an issue for us) and well-liked, but he is untested. It is easy to campaign, but the message must be followed by action that matches the talk. Clearly, the SPO has a different vision for Austria. At this stage, Kurz must build his trust with Austrians. Teaming with the SPO is the surest way to lose it.

– More than likely, Kurz is trying to play it safe to prevent the media from attacking him. This never works and the media will attack him regardless. The UN has already started and the Berlin-Paris regime will soon begin to try to influence the results. First, they will attempt to portray the FPO as “extremists”, then they will pressure Kurz to embrace “responsible” EU stewardship by shunning the so-called “nationalists” of the FPO.

This is an election that Germany and the EU cannot afford to lose. They have much riding on an obedient Christian Kern and want to maintain their influence over Austria. A Kurz-FPO coalition would be a major blow for Brussels.

Many of our readers have expressed their doubts about Kurz, while others sincerely believe in his vision. We have been supporters of both Kurz and the FPO and believe they would make natural allies for the next government.

Choosing a coalition partner will be the first test for Sebastian Kurz. Only the FPO would provide him with the coalition needed to reach his goals. Choosing the SPO would be a failure for Kurz and Austria.

Our prediction: We think Kurz will chose wisely. We believe he will choose the FPO.

Onward!

https://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2017-09-05/austrias-far-right-party-accuses-conservatives-of-stealing-campaign-ideas

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* Hungary 🇭🇺: Parliament expresses solidarity with Poland over Article7 procedure.

With 114 yes and 3 no votes, the Hungarian parliament passed the resolution to express its support for Poland in connection with a recent procedure against that country under Article 7 of the EU Treaty.

The EC started the procedure in 2017, saying that Polish reforms severely restricted the freedom of the judiciary and threatened the rule of law. Gaal said that similar laws to the contested ones had been implemented by other member states without similar scrutiny, and he insisted that Poland was being subjected to a political attack. “European values are not imperiled by Poland but by supporters of such procedures,” he said.

The real reason for the controversy is Poland’s reluctance to accept illegal migrants, Gaal insisted. The supporters of illegal migration in Brussels are trying to put pressure on those that oppose it, he said. “Hungarians and Poles have to stand up for the values of a Christian Europe … and stand by one another,” Gaal said.

According to the resolution, the European Commission’s launching the procedure over Poland’s judicial reform is “unacceptable” and “Article 7 must not be used for political witch-hunt”. The Hungarian parliament sees the procedure against Poland as a “dangerous precedent” when the Commission has stretched its authority as “guardian of agreements as outlined in the foundation deeds of the community”, the document said.

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) welcomed the resolution, saying that it guaranteed that the EU would not be able to impose sanctions on the country. “I am very pleased to hear about the Hungarian parliament’s resolution because it clearly indicates that any sanctions against Poland are out of the question,” PiS spokeswoman Beata Mazurek told Polish news agency PAP.

** There will be future battles in Europe, most notably the mandatory migrant quotas. Others in Central Europe must realize their real allies are in Hungary and Poland 🇵🇱, not in Brussels with Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE Group. Without the vital leadership of Poland and Hungary, others in Central Europe will have little chance of resisting the future demands of Berlin and Paris.

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* Hungary 🇭🇺:  Parliament expresses solidarity with Poland over Article7 procedure.

With 114 yes and 3 no votes, the Hungarian parliament passed the resolution to express its support for Poland in connection with a recent procedure against that country under Article 7 of the EU Treaty.

The EC started the procedure in 2017, saying that Polish reforms severely restricted the freedom of the judiciary and threatened the rule of law. Gaal said that similar laws to the contested ones had been implemented by other member states without similar scrutiny, and he insisted that Poland was being subjected to a political attack. “European values are not imperiled by Poland but by supporters of such procedures,” he said.

The real reason for the controversy is Poland’s reluctance to accept illegal migrants, Gaal insisted. The supporters of illegal migration in Brussels are trying to put pressure on those that oppose it, he said. “Hungarians and Poles have to stand up for the values of a Christian Europe … and stand by one another,” Gaal said.

According to the resolution, the European Commission’s launching the procedure over Poland’s judicial reform is “unacceptable” and “Article 7 must not be used for political witch-hunt”. The Hungarian parliament sees the procedure against Poland as a “dangerous precedent” when the Commission has stretched its authority as “guardian of agreements as outlined in the foundation deeds of the community”, the document said.     

Poland’s ruling Law and Justice party (PiS) welcomed the resolution, saying that it guaranteed that the EU would not be able to impose sanctions on the country. “I am very pleased to hear about the Hungarian parliament’s resolution because it clearly indicates that any sanctions against Poland are out of the question,” PiS spokeswoman Beata Mazurek told Polish news agency PAP.

** There will be future battles in Europe, most notably the mandatory migrant quotas. Others in Central Europe must realize their real allies are in Hungary and Poland 🇵🇱, not in Brussels with Guy Verhofstadt’s ALDE Group.  Without the vital leadership of Poland and Hungary, others in Central Europe will have little chance of resisting the future demands of Berlin and Paris.

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A nnak a három nemmel szavazónak,meg el tudnám tördelni az ujjait,szemetek!

Csinálja meg Béla Módli! 👏

Wonderful news!

Thank you Hungary for standing by Poland, and giving hope to the freedom-loving, conservative Christians of a truly democratic Europe. This is what "European values" are all about.

Thank you Hungary! ;)

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* Italy 🇮🇹: As the election nears, Matteo Salvini has a plan....but does he have a reliable partner?

Mr Salvini – leader of Lega Nord – has vowed to deport 500,000 migrants within five years if his party wins the election – including 100,000 in the first year. Unlike others, Salvini realizes that Italy must do more to correct the mistakes of the past other than just complaining about the V4 and their refusal to accept the migrant quotas.

According to Express, if polling is accurate, the centre-right coalition which includes Lega Nord, as well as former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, is on course to win a majority in the March 4 election. We would welcome this outcome.

However, Silvio Berlusconi, even at 81-years of age, is a political opportunist that cannot be trusted. There are rumors that Berlusconi could broker a deal with Matteo Renzi and the Democrats, which would be a catastrophe that could leave Salvini out of the picture. All involved vehemently deny this rumor but anything is possible with Berlusconi and Renzi.

However, we are not sure Italians would tolerate the usual establishment games as Italy continues to struggle with hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants who have flooded the capital. There is a great tension in Italy regarding illegal migration.

The Guardian reports a former office block in the Via Curtatone area of the city became a focal point of the migrant crisis six months, when police evicted 800 Eritrea and Ethiopian migrants who had been living there for four years. Four years? What type of policy is this?

An estimated 100 buildings throughout Rome were similarly occupied by migrants but - with the upcoming elections -efforts to clear them have been stepped up. After the eviction, migrants slept in the nearby Piazza Indipendenza for five days until police cleared them out with water cannons.

Mayor Virginia Raggi, of the Five Star Movement, requested “a moratorium on new arrivals” in the capital, citing the “strong migratory presence and the continuous flow of foreign citizens”, and adding: “We can’t afford new arrivals.”

This is quite the understatement. Not only can’t Italy afford new arrivals, but they must develop a permanent and ongoing mechanism to deport the migrants back to their countries of origin. We give Salvini credit for grasping the reality of the situation and outlining a plan to achieve his goals.

The naysayers claiming it cannot be done are the same ones who claim the borders cannot be secured. Both can be done provided the will is greater from within than from the forces pushing on the outside. Australia, Hungary and US President Dwight Eisenhower, who deported over 1 million illegal immigrants, found success not by luck, but with a detailed plan backed by sheer determination.

Italy has great leverage over the leaders of Africa and they must start using it. This idea of not accepting back one’s citizens must not be tolerated. Why should Italy be held hostage by the leaders of Africa?

In addition, how many migrants would be discouraged from attempts to reach Italy if they saw others being sent back in large numbers and in timely fashion. Certainly, the current system of allowing migrants to roam for years, living off the Italian state or drug money, is not the answer and only acts as a magnet to attract more migrants.

Italy is at a crossroads and the current government has no answers. This crisis cannot be solved with migrant quotas or a “temporary show” of strength at the border. There must be a long-term commitment.

However, this election is also important for the security of all in Europe. If 600,000 migrants were granted entry over the last several years, they certainly are not all still in Italy. In many cases, it appears the migrants were “waived-through” and have moved on.

The V4 Report, as many of our readers know, was quite confident regarding the election in Austria last year and predicted it would be a “game-changer”. While we don’t have this same confidence with Italy, we are optimistic that Renzi, Gentiloni and their “open-entry” policies will be repudiated by Italians.

We just are not sure what Berlusconi is aiming for or what the new government of Italy will look like. Without Salvini and the League, the situation in Italy will continue to deteriorate and things may start to get very ugly. As Salvini said, “We want to prevent that.”

www.express.co.uk/news/world/921278/italy-migrant-crisis-matteo-salvini-500-000-rome-general-elec...
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* Italy 🇮🇹:  As the election nears, Matteo Salvini has a plan....but does he have a reliable partner?

Mr Salvini – leader of Lega Nord – has vowed to deport 500,000 migrants within five years if his party wins the election – including 100,000 in the first year.  Unlike others, Salvini realizes that Italy must do more to correct the mistakes of the past other than just complaining about the V4 and their refusal to accept the migrant quotas.

According to Express, if polling is accurate, the centre-right coalition which includes Lega Nord, as well as former Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi’s Forza Italia party, is on course to win a majority in the March 4 election.  We would welcome this outcome.

However, Silvio Berlusconi, even at 81-years of age, is a political opportunist that cannot be trusted. There are rumors that Berlusconi could broker a deal with Matteo Renzi and the Democrats, which would be a catastrophe that could leave Salvini out of the picture.  All involved vehemently deny this rumor but anything is possible with Berlusconi and Renzi.

However, we are not sure Italians would tolerate the usual establishment games as Italy continues to struggle with hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers and migrants who have flooded the capital.  There is a great tension in Italy regarding illegal migration.

The Guardian reports a former office block in the Via Curtatone area of the city became a focal point of the migrant crisis six months, when police evicted 800 Eritrea and Ethiopian migrants who had been living there for four years.  Four years?  What type of policy is this?

An estimated 100 buildings throughout Rome were similarly occupied by migrants but - with the upcoming elections -efforts to clear them have been stepped up.  After the eviction, migrants slept in the nearby Piazza Indipendenza for five days until police cleared them out with water cannons.  

Mayor Virginia Raggi, of the Five Star Movement, requested “a moratorium on new arrivals” in the capital, citing the “strong migratory presence and the continuous flow of foreign citizens”, and adding: “We can’t afford new arrivals.”

This is quite the understatement.  Not only can’t Italy afford new arrivals, but they must develop a permanent and ongoing mechanism to deport the migrants back to their countries of origin.  We give Salvini credit for grasping the reality of the situation and outlining a plan to achieve his goals. 

The naysayers claiming it cannot be done are the same ones who claim the borders cannot be secured.  Both can be done provided the will is greater from within than from the forces pushing on the outside.  Australia, Hungary and US President Dwight Eisenhower, who deported over 1 million illegal immigrants, found success not by luck, but with a detailed plan backed by sheer determination.

Italy has great leverage over the leaders of Africa and they must start using it.  This idea of not accepting back one’s citizens must not be tolerated.  Why should Italy be held hostage by the leaders of Africa?

In addition, how many migrants would be discouraged from attempts to reach Italy if they saw others being sent back in large numbers and in timely fashion.  Certainly, the current system of allowing migrants to roam for years, living off the Italian state or drug money, is not the answer and only acts as a magnet to attract more migrants.

Italy is at a crossroads and the current government has no answers.  This crisis cannot be solved with migrant quotas or a “temporary show” of strength at the border.  There must be a long-term commitment.

However, this election is also important for the security of all in Europe.  If 600,000 migrants were granted entry over the last several years, they certainly are not all still in Italy.  In many cases, it appears the migrants were “waived-through” and have moved on.

The V4 Report, as many of our readers know, was quite confident regarding the election in Austria last year and predicted it would be a “game-changer”.  While we don’t have this same confidence with Italy, we are optimistic that Renzi, Gentiloni and their “open-entry” policies will be repudiated by Italians.

We just are not sure what Berlusconi is aiming for or what the new government of Italy will look like.  Without Salvini and the League, the situation in Italy will continue to deteriorate and things may start to get very ugly.  As Salvini said, “We want to prevent that.”

https://www.express.co.uk/news/world/921278/italy-migrant-crisis-matteo-salvini-500-000-rome-general-election

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títo vám, liberálni fasisti, vytru zrak pri najblizsich volbach v Taliansku a migranti pojdu kade lahsie

Promises, promises.

Silvio bunga bunga Belrusconi :D

Berlusconi looks like Don Vito :-D

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