Austria could TURN AWAY from EU as right-wing FPÖ HATES federalist project

The FPÖ’s manifesto rejects the “political project” of the European Union which it claims “artificially” forces countries to integrate in a way that is not natural.

The document reads: “We firmly reject any artificial synchronisation of the diverse European languages and cultures by means of forced multiculturalism, globalisation and mass immigration. 

“Europe shall not be reduced to a political project of the European Union.”

The policy is bad news for arch-federalists like Jean-Claude Juncker, who currently helm the block, as it means it will be hard to pursue further European integration.

The party also rejects EU law overriding the laws of a member state, and says there should be a “binding referendum” on any treaty changes.

It adds: “The destiny of Europe must be characterised by the organisational freedom of its states.”

The FPÖ is happy to cooperate on foreign and security policy – provided it “preserves Austrian neutrality and maintains distance from non-European powers and military alliances dominated by non-European countries.”

The anti-immigration party is expected to enter into coalition talks with the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) after it won 26 per cent of the vote in Austria’s parliamentary elections.

Animosity between the ÖVP and its former coalition partner the Socialist Party of Austria (SPÖ) has probably ruled out further collaboration between the two groups.

Meanwhile it emerged today Austria could veer away from the block after EU Commission boss Jean-Claude Juncker demanded new Chancellor Sebastian Kurz form a pro-EU government.

Austrian leaders fear the EC Chief could in the quest for a massive superstate.

And now a stinging editorial in an Austrian newspaper has further heightened fears the country could split, after suggesting the EU was descending into superstate “madness”.

Kornelia Kirchweger, editor of Wochenblick, warned Mr Juncker’s aim was to “completely eliminate the sovereignty of the Member States in order to govern them centrally from Brussels.”

Predicting the future of Brussels, she wrote: “Juncker wants to bring critical EU members in line. He calls this ‘more efficient decision-making’.”

She added: “His statement shows how much he has lost his sense of reality. Europe was not a fortress and should never become one.”