You may have heard that with the resurgence of the right-wing politics in Europe the democracy is being threatened. Sadly, this observation is correct. One recent example of the anti-democratic tendencies in the political life of Europe comes from the birth place of one Adolf Hitler – Austria.
You see, Austria held democratic presidential elections in which the leader of the right-wing Freedom Party appears to have won the mandate. The Austrians expressed their democratic right, enshrined in the Austrian laws and (one would have thought) supported by the EU. However, in an act of unprecedented anti-democratic interference:
The presidents of the European Commission and the European Parliament, Jean-Claude Juncker and Martin Schulz, have both expressed concern over a Hofer victory.
It is crucial to understand that Messrs Juncker and Schulz were not concerned that the Austrian elections have been rigged – they were concerned that the democratic choice of the Austrian people did not align with their preferences! The events in Austria come on top of the disgraceful attack by a mob of left-wing thugs on a conference organised by Alternative fur Deutschland (AfD):
About 1,000 police were deployed to keep supporters apart from left-wing protesters, who blocked roads, burned tyres and threw firecrackers. (…) A police spokesman said protesters threw stones at officers and let off fireworks in their direction.
AfD are a perfectly legal political party which exercised their democratic right to congregate, when attacked. This time, unlike during the New Years events in Hamburg, the police were out in force and managed to control the rioting mob allowing the conference to continue.
I have no doubt that all the progressive lefties who have been going on and on about the need to protect democracy in the West – you know, the Assange and Snowden admirers – will now come out swinging against the anti-democratic actions of their mates.
Or will they?