Austria was birthplace to several key Nazi leaders such as Adolf Hitler but these days it simply finds comfort in poor imitations of the glory days of Nazism. Jorg Haider and his former protege, Heinz-Christian Strache, are vying with one another in an effort to gain political power in their nation. Haider’s party gained 42% of the vote in the state of Carintha and now has cast eyes on the national scene where it hopes to become a major player in the future of Austria. He is leading the “Aliance for Austria’s Future”(BZO) which he hopes will gain several seats in Sunday’s election for parliament. Most Austrians are fed up with center groups that now control the government and which have failed to generate excitement in what can be the future of their nation.
The Social Democrats which historically have represented itself as a champion of human rights have now joined the chorus of anti-immigrant rhetoric. However, the Haider Alliance for Austria and Strache’s Austrian Freedom Party may well capture enough votes to either lead the government or help determine its composition and policies. Perhaps, the biggest mystery is can two men who share similar ideas share in creating a government?