Austria’s far-right parties have made big gains in the country’s elections but despite their performance they look set to miss out on a place in a ruling coalition. The FPO, led by Heinz-Christian Strache, is projected to win 35 seats in the 183-seat parliament. That is 14 more seats than the extreme-right party won in the last ballot, in October 2006. He called it an “historic result.”
Austria’s other far-right party, Jorg Haider’s BZö, also enjoyed a successful night. It trippled its number of parliamentary seats from seven to 21. Haider said that the score showed that a current was crossing Austria, demanding that his party take part in the next government.