Hofer: “Auxit” still possible
Far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPO) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has called for a ban on naturalization of Turkish residents in Austria until dual citizenship issues are resolved and said that his country could still leave the EU if Turkey joins the bloc.
Hofer said that he “very much advocates the demand” to break off the EU accession talks with Turkey, as he launched his campaign in the re-run presidential election by giving an interview to the Oesterreich daily.
He said that the accession talks do not help the EU to make Turkey more western-oriented, adding that this strategy “does not work” anymore.
“It would be right to tell Turkey absolutely honestly that this country is so big and has such a different culture that the Union would not cope with its accession,” he told the Oesterreich daily. At the same time, he called on both Europe and Turkey to show more restraint in debates over the issue. He said it would be “wrong” to stir up controversy, thus provoking an unnecessary conflict.
Hofer also expressed his concern over the issue of potential “double loyalty” of some Austrian citizens of Turkish origin in the view of the recent massive demonstrations in Europe in support of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
“From a legal point of view, [rallies] are allowed if they are approved by the authorities and no violent incidents occur. However, we must also reflect on what is happening: 5,000 Turks – and that is an effective strength of a brigade – took to our streets, well organized and with flags, just within hours,” Hofer said, adding repeatedly that such demonstrations were “organized,” meaning that the people were actually “mobilized” for the events.
In this regard, he also said it is necessary to know how many Turks who were granted citizenship in Austria have also retained their Turkish citizenship, which is illegal under Austria’s strict dual citizenship laws.
Commenting on Austria’s possible exit from the European Union, Hofer said he would personally advocate such a move in two cases: if Turkey joins the EU, or if Brussels takes any more powers from the member states and gives them to the Union’s supranational bodies.
In early July, Hofer already told RT that Austria will stay in the EU only if Turkey stays out. Hofer also warned that Austria could hold its own referendum on EU membership within a year if the bloc insists on political “centralization.”
Hofer said that he is against any further centralization within the EU, and supports the idea of a “subsidiary” union. He also said that the UK’s decision to leave the EU shows that the bloc’s current policies are wrong.
“Commenting on Austria’s possible exit from the European Union, Hofer said he would personally advocate such a move in two cases: if Turkey joins the EU, or if Brussels takes any more powers from the member states and gives them to the Union’s supranational bodies.”
looks cut and dry..the auxit could become reality..