So, when you are talking about Alexander Van der Bellen one also has to rethink the election results in the first round of Austrian presidential elections.
In this round Hofer won the race with more than 30 %, Alexander Van der Bellen actually was only on the second place in a very close range. So, when we talk about him, we have to realize, that he wasn’t that popular.
On this coming Sunday, December 4th, two events of cardinal importance will take place in Europe. Observing them can reveal how the Trump effect works, this time in Western Europe.
Our position on Russia, the EU and the USA, and in particular on the neutrality of Austria, is clear: Politics in the EU may not be run at the behest of the USA, which can and will only cause damage to European countries in the long run. Brussels must lift the sanctions against Russia without delay and seek a solution to the Ukraine conflict together with Putin. Only if the EU and Russia pull in the same direction will both sides benefit. US interests may not stand in the way, that is a clear demand from the FPÖ. The powers-that-be in Europe must finally realise that the important axis required by Europe is not Brussels-Washington but Paris-Berlin-Moscow.