Sunday, 28 February 2016

Green presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has got involved in a new exchange of blows with the FPÖ [tn: Freedom Party of Austria, a supposed "far-right" party but actually by far the most popular party in Austrian politics according to the polls]. In a debate with the independent Hofburg lawyer Irmgard Griss for the daily newspaper "Österreich" he considers dissolving the national council to prevent a government under the Freedom party. FP general secretary Herbert Kickl calls it "far-left anarchy". 
Specifically, Van der Bellen means that even if the FPÖ has an absolute majority, he would not necessarily accept it into the government: "In this extremely hypothetical case the president could also fail, but he could win this confrontation. He could dissolve the parliament and call for new elections."


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