Strache told a meeting full of party officials that Islam is antagonistic to women and “corresponds to a fascist worldview.” Is he wrong? His fear is that Austrians might soon come to an end. If the situation in Oslo is any indication, he might be right.
He also slammed Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz and other members of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) who have requested a lowering of the migrant ceiling to 17,000 asylum seekers per year. “We do not need an upper limit, nor a halving of the upper limit – we need a zero-migration, in fact, a minus-migration, because of all the illegals and criminals who are in the country,” Strache said.
On the subject of the European Union (EU), Strache said the political bloc needed serious reform and reaffirmed his commitment to national sovereignty for European nations. “The national state is not dead, it is a cultural achievement ‘A model of success’,” he said.
Media in Austria and elsewhere have spread rumours there may be an upcoming battle for leadership of the FPÖ between Strache and former presidential candidate Norbert Hofer, but Strache put the rumours to bed.
Claiming he and Hofer were so close that “a single sheet of newspaper” couldn’t fit between them, he said both he and Hofer were on the same page looking toward the next Austrian federal election that could take place this year or next year.
Much like the American media, the Austrian media had a field day with these two, but Hofer pointed out that the more they're attacked the stronger they become. Whether they're right or not, only time will tell.