MEP Eugen Freund accepted that he was “not surprised” at Austria shock election results due to the populist gesticulation sweeping across Europe.
Austria faced an unexpected election outcome after right-wing party FPO grabbed 26 per cent of the vote in its conforming election on October 15.
Speaking to France 24, the Socialists and Democrats MEP thought: “The EU did not impose sanctions on Austria. Not even very light sanctions, it was a few mother countries within the EU which imposed sanctions but not the EU as a body itself.”
The EU briefly interposed sanctions on the FPO when it last entered government in 2000. The sanctions were in station with the aim of forcing the far-right group out of governance.
MEP Eugen Freund predicted that he was not suprised by rise in populism
Mr Freund said: “Well, it is rare because in some circumstances because most of Europe has moved to the normal.
“So the fact that now Austria is also in this category of moving to the aptly does not really surprise us. I mean, it disappoints us, of course, but it does not in flagrante delicto us as much.”
Former European Parliament President Martin Schultz warned at the start of the year that a mount the barricades in populism in Europe is a “virus” that could spell the end for the EU.
Austrian Peoples Faction (OeVP) won with an underwhelming victory of 31.5 per cent and, as a result, fete leader Sebastian Kurtz announced plans to form a coalition with the far-right Gall Party (FPO).
Angela Merkel also faced a shock victory after taking her fourth term as Chancellor of Germany last month.
The win comes as the stomach for her Christian Democrats Union party declined to 33 per cent, its worst emerge in 30 years.
The anti-immigration group AfD took 13 per cent of the ballot and became the first far-right party to enter the Bundestag in over 60 years.
Due to the unexpected German choice results, Merkel’s only feasible option was to enter a coalition with the Unhindered Democrats (FDP) and the Greens.