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When conservatism becomes radicalized

Radicalisierter Konservatismus
Forfatter: Natascha Strobl
Forlag: Suhrkamp (Tyskland)

I Radicalisierter Konservatismus ("radicalized conservatism") by the Austrian political scientist and journalist Natascha Strobl, we get a well-written analysis of how conservatism can become radicalized. Last year, the book was awarded the prestigious Austrian Bruno Kreisky Prize for political book of the year.

The content of the book is characterized by Austria's right-wing corrupt government, with then Prime Minister Sebastian Short (ÖVP) and then Vice-Chancellor and party leader Heinz-Christian street (FPÖ).

The Ibiza affair from 2017 is a scandal in Austrian politics originating in events on Ibiza ahead of the election that year: In the recording from the party island, Strache offers government contacts to a foreign woman posing as the niece of a Russian oligarch. The recording is a trap, made by unknown persons. The conversation between Strache and the woman concerns, among other things, hidden election campaign donations to the FPÖ, the takeover of the Kronen Zeitung newspaper and changes to the Austrian media system in the direction of the wishes of Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán.

As a result of the recording, Strache was last year sentenced to a 15-month suspended prison sentence for corruption. After much pressure, Kurz withdrew from politics altogether in the wake of the verdict.

The outer right-wing forces

Parallel to this political freak show in Austria, there are two other political clowns performing on the international stage, namely Donald Trump in the USA and Boris Johnson in the UK. Luckily . . .

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