Four years after his death, the spirit of Jörg Haider, who hatched a brand of rightwing populism that has been copied across Europe, has finally been laid to rest. In his former powerbase in Carinthia, the far-right suffered a serious setback in the regional election on 3 March, polling only 17% of the vote compared with 44% in 2009, a few months after Haider’s death.
The Social Democrats (SPO) and Greens (Grüne) now hold the majority in Austria’s southernmost territory. With seven months to go till the general elections, the results of this regional vote are a wake-up call to those in Austrian politics.
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