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October 18, 2008



Yes, resentment seems to be the fundamental Austrian mind set. Haider knew how to play the politics of resentment.


Multiplying the shock of ordinary Austrians is that Haider had just completed a lively and successful performance on the national level in the recent election. Even an aging Haider radiated youthfulness and vigor. He seemed set to once again become a kingmaker in Austrian politics.

Now, it's uncertain what will happen to his BZO or "third way" politics in general. Now the less provincial and potentially more dangerous H.C. Strache is the most prominent right-wing opposition figure.

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