Austria and Hungary will face momentous electoral questions in October 2016: the former will hold a new presidential election campaign on October 2, while Hungary will hold a referendum on the European Union’s forced invader “redistribution program” on the same day.
In Vienna, the Austrian government has announced that the presidential election rerun—ordered by that country’s Constitutional Court—will take place on October 2.
“Today we had to take a decision on holding the presidential election on October 2. As you can imagine, it was a relatively easy decision to take,” Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern told reporters after a cabinet meeting.
The country’s constitutional court decided last week that the run-off presidential election originally held in May will have to be held again after finding widespread procedural irregularities.
The court, which questioned more than 60 witnesses in a four-day hearing, upheld the challenge brought by the Freedom Party (FPÖ) against its candidate Norbert Hofer’s narrow defeat in May’s election.
The election was won by the communist-Green Alexander van der Bellen by a margin of 0.6 percent—after highly suspect “postal ballots” were counted.
The FPÖ then launched a legal challenge on June 8 because of “massive irregularities,” including allegations that tens of thousands of votes were opened earlier than allowed under election rules and that some votes were counted by people not authorized to do so.
According to the German far-leftist newspaper Der Spiegel, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka and Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz have said they want the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to make sure that their election observers are present in the districts “where mistakes were made” during the original election.
In Hungary, that country’s president János Áder has called for the government-initiated referendum on the “mandatory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens” to take place on the same day.
The referendum is the result of the European Union’s unilateral decision to force each EU member state to accept thousands of bogus asylum seekers invited into Germany by Angela Merkel under a plan to “spread the load” of the invasion.
Called a “mandatory migrant quota system,” the plan is to “allocate” the nonwhite invaders to each EU state according to its Gross Domestic Product and population size, so as to avoid Germany having to carry the entire burden.
Not surprisingly, those EU nations with an ounce of backbone—such as Hungary—have refused to partake in this plan, and the Viktor Orban-led government asked parliament earlier this year to call out a referendum on the matter.
The proposal passed in the Hungarian parliament with the support of the governing conservative Fidesz-KDNP alliance and the opposition nationalist Jobbik party by a margin of 136 to 5.
The referendum question being put to the Hungarian people will read as follows:
“Do you want the European Union to require the compulsory resettlement of non-Hungarian citizens to Hungary without authorization by the Hungarian Parliament?”
The former communist party MSZP and a number of smaller liberal parties have called upon their supporters to stay away from the vote, which, they say, serves government propaganda and is a move toward Hungary leaving the European Union.
A poll conducted in late May showed that the vast majority—77 percent—of Hungarians reject the EU plan, and that the “no” side is assured of a runaway victory.
“Let’s send Brussels a message so they too understand”—a Hungarian government billboard which has appeared across the country urges the Hungarian electorate to vote against the “migrant” quota system.
Both the votes in Austria and Hungary could have far-reaching effects which will speed up the dissolution of the EU.
The last time that the FPÖ was in government in Austria—as a junior coalition partner in 1999—the EU placed sanctions on that country in reprisal for daring to allow a nationalist populist party near the corridors of power.
It is highly likely that a similar, or even more extreme, reaction will follow the possible election of a FPÖ president.
The FPÖ candidate, Norbert Hofer, has already previously announced that he would be in favor of an EU membership referendum should Turkey be granted EU membership—an event which appears increasingly likely.
It is also likely that the EU will respond in an extremely negative fashion to a Hungarian refusal to take in their “share” of the Merkel-induced invasion. Any moves by the EU against Hungary will certainly encourage an already building anti-EU sentiment in that country, which in turn is likely to spread to the other Visegrad 4 nations.