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The (ambivalent) far-right populist stance on the European Union with the example of the Austrian party FPÖ

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European Union   Euro-sceptic   far-right   Freedom Party of Austria   populism


This article explores the attitude towards the European Union represented by right-wing populist parties by the example of the Austrian Freedom Party. Due to the advanced stage of the European integration and a multitude of its positive and negative repercussions, far-right populist parties adopted an antagonistic rhetoric aiming at discrediting and limiting the influence of the EU in a country, they represent. The FPÖ skillfully shapes a Euro-sceptic discourse in Austria, embracing a populist strategy of manipulation and hostility. The populist itself is, however, far from offering a clear political vision. Based on the reflections on populism by Ernesto Laclau, elaborating on the far-right populist strategies of a former FPÖ’s leader Jörg Haider and finally confronting the party discourse with real political actions, this article constitutes an attempt to show the complexity of a mutual relation between populism and the European Union.

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ISSN 0239-6661   ISSN 2300-7249




PAd P 101182 II



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Czasopisma Naukowe w Sieci (CNS)

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