Migrants walk on a road towards the crossing point between Hungary and Austria in Nickelsdorf, September 12, 2015. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger
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Even if Austria's far-right party fails to enter government after Oct. 15 elections, its viewso n immigration already have. The anti-Islam Freedom Party's (FPO) popularity reached new heights during Europe's migration crisis in 2015 when it denounced the centrist government's decision to throw open Austria's borders to hundreds of thousands of refugees and other migrants.Now the party has slipped to second or third while the Social Democrats and conservative People's Party (OVP) – the two parties in government, which have dominated postwar politics – have moved toward the far right's positions.Most of the migrants and refugees carried on to Germany in 2015 but 90,000, or more than 1 percent of Austria's population, stayed and sought asylum. Italy reacted furiously, summoning Austria's ambassador to Rome before Doskozil and Chancellor Christian Kern, both Social Democrats, backed away from the comments.Parties rarely obtain a majority in Austria's proportional electoral system, and almost always need a coalition partner to form a government. The SPO and OVP have governed together for most of the past 70 years but they are now at loggerheads, making them less likely to join forces again.
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