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Sunday, October 15, 2017

31 year old Austrian politician set to become youngest World leader !

Today (Sunday 15th Oct 2o17), Austrians are going to the polls to vote for the country’s National Council, the main legislative body. All 183 seats are up for grabs. A 31-year-old Austrian politician will become the world's youngest leader after pledging to cut all benefits for foreigners, polls suggest.  Back home, in our Nation, the  current Lok Sabha is the second oldest house of independent India; the first was the previous Lok Sabha (15th). The youngest MP in the current House is 28, and the oldest MP is 88. The median age of MPs is 58, that is half of the MPs are 58 years and above.

The Austrian government is taking its case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) over Germany's plans to introduce charges to use its motorways and highways from 2019. Under the plans drivers would be charged up to £117 (€130) per year to use its roads. Vienna believes the move contravenes European Union (EU) law because although everyone will have to pay, German motorists will get a refund via a reduction in their vehicle tax.  Austria also reportedly is to file a lawsuit against the European Union's approval of the Russian-financed expansion of a nuclear plant in Hungary.

Austria is a federal republic and a landlocked country of over 8.7 million people[2] in Central Europe. It is bordered by the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary,  Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west.  The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects of German as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language.

The origins of modern-day Austria date back to the time of the Habsburg dynasty, when the vast majority of the country was a part of the Holy Roman Empire. Among the many wars,  Napoleonic invasions weakened the power of the Emperor in the north of Germany, but in the south, and in non-German areas of the Empire, the Emperor and Catholicism maintained control. During the 1914 July Crisis that followed the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria on June 28, Austria-Hungary, emboldened by a pledge of German support, on July 28 declared war on Serbia because that country had not fully complied with an Austrian ultimatum. Austria was thus the first to go to war in the July Crisis, which would ultimately escalate into World War I.

After the collapse of the Habsburg (Austro-Hungarian) Empire in 1918 at the end of World War I, Austria adopted and used the name the Republic of German-Austria (Deutschösterreich), in an attempt at union with Germany, but this was forbidden under the treaties the Treaty of Versailles and Treaty of Saint-Germain-en-Laye (1919). The name was changed to Austria (Österreich) and shortly afterwards The First Austrian Republic was established in 1919. Today, Austria is a parliamentary representative democracy comprising nine federal states. The capital and largest city, is Vienna.

Media reports suggest that Conservative Sebastian Kurz, 31, is set to take power and form an alliance with the far-right.  As well as his pledge on payouts to migrants, he wants to slash Austria's red tape and keep the EU out of national affairs. It would be a fresh headache for Brussels as it struggles with Brexit and the rise of nationalism in Germany, Hungary, Poland and elsewhere. But all signs indicate that Austrians want to swap the gridlocked centrist rule for a more hardline government for the first time in a decade following an influx of asylum seekers.

MailOnline reports that today Mr Kurz was pictured voting in the Austrian capital Vienna alongside his girlfriend Susanne Thier - a finance ministry worker who he met at the age of 18.  According to exit polls, the People's Party, rebranded by 'whizz-kid' Kurz as a 'movement', is forecast to reap more than 30 percent of the vote with pledges to go tough on migrants and easy on taxes.  The eurosceptic Freedom Party is battling for second place with the beleaguered Social Democrats of incumbent Chancellor Christian Kern. Kurz - who as new People's Party leader forced the snap vote in May by ending the coalition with Kern - has yanked his party to the right and is expected to seek a coalition with the far-right.

Founded by ex-Nazis in the 1950s, the Freedom Party almost won the presidency last year and topped opinion polls in the midst of Europe's migrant crisis. Some 6.4 million people are eligible to vote in the closely-watched ballot which is expected to be a tight race.  Political analysts over there state that  a right-wing government could turn Austria into a tricky partner for the EU 

With regards – S. Sampathkumar

15th Oct 2017 @ 11.10 pm.

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