Slap in face for Juncker as Austria appoints anti-EU Foreign Minister
Austria has sent a powerful political message to the EU by appointing an anti-EU candidate as foreign minister.
Norbert Hofer, who has repeatedly attacked the EU over immigration, economic and security policies, will become the most important representative of the EU-critical Freedom Party (FPÖ) and take over the EU and world affairs agendas for Austria.
Mr Hofer is considered a vehement critic of the notion of an superstate, and is cautious of Eurocrats.
Mr Hofer could use his position as foreign minister to influence other EU states to oppose Mr Juncker’s plans to impose a single tax system, one finance president and an EU army.
Mr Kurz should form his new government by Christmas and will become the youngest head of government in Europe.
He campaigned on a platform that combined a hard line on immigration similar to the FPÖ with traditional conservative principles like slimming down the state and cutting taxes
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