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Austria First: 1956 - 2016

60 Years of the FPÖ - the social homeland party

In this publication we look back on the 60-year history of a party and the soon 200-year old history of a political movement. This review of the 60 years of the Freedom Party of Austria begins in the here and now, and goes back in time.

First, we look at the Strache Era, encompassing a good decade from 2005 to 2016. Then there is the time of the government coalition with the People’s Party between 2000 and 2006, which we regard as the second period. Thirdly, we recall the era of the rise of FPÖ under Jörg Haider between 1986 and 2000, which is followed by Chapter 4 on the cooperation in the government under social-democrat Norbert Steger. Then Chapter 5 studies the foundation and inclusion of FPÖ in the political system of the Second Republic between 1956 and 1989. Last but not least we also outline the historical path of the national-liberal camps from their beginning during the Habsburg Monarchy through the tough years of the First Republic right to the foundation of the FPÖ.

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