Freedom Party of Austria

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The Freedom Party of Austria (German: Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ) is a right-wing political party in Austria. The party sees its roots in the "freedom values" of the Revolutions of 1848 in the Habsburg areas.[4] Since the mid-1980s, the political and ideological course started by party leader Jörg Haider, resulted in a strong surge in electoral support for the party. After successfully entering government with the Austrian People's Party after the 1999 election, the party however saw a strong decline in electoral support. The government could continue still after the 2002 election, but increasing internal disagreements led in 2005 Haider and other leading party members (including the FPÖ part of the government) to defect from the FPÖ and form a new party, the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ). Since then, the chairman of the Freedom Party is Heinz-Christian Strache, and the party has again steadily increased its electoral support.[5] Its candidate for the 2010 presidential election was Barbara Rosenkranz.

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Origins

The Freedom Party was founded in 1956 and had its roots in the Pan German movement, which originally included both elements of liberalism and nationalism. It absorbed the political currents of former national parties such as the Landbund and the Greater German People's Party of the First Republic. Its immediate predecessor was the Federation of Independents a national liberal party, which had obtained 12% of the vote in the 1949 general election but later collapsed after internal strife.

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