Heinz-Christian Strache was not only the chairman of the FPÖ, he was also one of the central figures of European right populism. This was less because of its political importance, such as the French Navy and especially the Italian Matteo Salvini giving much more to the waves.
But Strache was the only right-wing population in Europe to form a government with a Christian Democratic party. The coalition in Austria was an experiment aimed at answering a fundamental question: is the Christian Democrats civilizing the right-wing populists, or are the right-wing populists out of the civilization of the Christian Democrats?
In all European countries, it has been observed in recent years how difficult the Christian Democrats are to handle the stronger competition from the right. This applies to Germany, this applies to France this applies to Italy. When elected in October in Bavaria, CSU led by Markus Söder went through a phase of self-radicalization, because she was afraid of AfD. French conservatives now hold positions that make them hardly distinguishable from Le Pen's Rassemblement National. Italian Italian President Antonio Tajani once said that not everything that Benito Mussolini did was bad to please the right side of his homeland.
How to deal with Orbán? In the end, he decided himself
So: delimit or work together? At European level, this can be exemplified by Manfred Weber, leading candidate for the Conservative EPP and candidate for the post of Commission President. For the EPP's house there is a star of European right populism: the Prime Minister of Hungary Viktor Orbán . Weber has long been in Orbán ̵
Heinz-Christian Strache has also given his answer, albeit involuntarily. Strache has described his behavior as "an open mind," which is documented in the video. It was for sure. But in truth, it deeply leads us into the basins of European right-wing populism . It's pretty wild. Strach's fantasies, which he indulged in at the Ibiza villa, looked like this: A Russian oligarch buys Austria's largest magazine, Strache throws out some journalists and hires others to "drive" his party. In return, Strache receives Russian oligarch state agreements – and because everything works so well, Strache ends the chancellor. Austria Orbán.
Itching of the term "free press"
Strache is not an isolated case. Right-populist parties have much in common with FPÖ . They maintain a close relationship with Vladimir Putin's Russia, and they become itchy if they even hear the term "free press". Now one can only hope that they do not share Strach's dream – to become Viktor Orbán in their country. Because Orbán is the champion of a country that once was a democracy. In view of this, we wish the final phase of the European election campaign a clear message from the right-wing populations: There is much in Europe that we do not agree with, but we do not want to be like Viktor Orbán.