Vienna at a crossroads

By GOL KALEV
November 4, 2017 16:22

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Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of the far-right Freedom Party, celebrates in Vienna with his wife

Heinz-Christian Strache, the head of the far-right Freedom Party, celebrates in Vienna with his wife, Phillipa Beck, after Austria's general election. (photo credit:MICHAEL DALDER/REUTERS)

SOMETHING IS changing in Europe. A debate on the character of the continent is being deliberated in a series of national elections.

In the October 15 Austrian elections, the far-right Austrian Freedom Party made significant gains, rising from 20.5% to 26% of the vote, and entered negotiations to join the government of 31-year-old chancellor- elect, Sebastian Kurz.

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