Strache against Turkish Matura
The leader of the right-wing FPÖ party, Heinz-Christian Strache has said that he hopes a new, right-wing faction in the European Parliament will be formed no later than June 24th.
He said that accusations that such a group would include racists and anti-Semites were “foul and false insinuations”. He said the new faction would not have a joint political declaration. “We won’t be interfering in national conflicts in our respective countries,” he told Ö1 radio.
He said that he was not in favour of proposals to introduce a Turkish Matura exam, but said he had no problem with students currently being able to study Russian or Serbian for the Matura.
He also spoke about how he was not in favour of the Turkish prime minister’s forthcoming visit to Vienna, which he labelled an “election propaganda visit”. And he said that Austrians with Turkish roots, who had regained their Turkish nationality illegally, should have their Austrian citizenship withdrawn.
The FPÖ is “committed to protecting... Austria's national identity and autonomy” and advocates restrictive policies on immigration and Islam.
In the European elections last month, the FPÖ secured 19.5 percent of the vote. If national elections were to take place this month, then the FPÖ would be in first place, according to two new poll results.