Far-right party leader Norbert Hofer said Turkey joining the bloc could be the game changer that forces Austrians to call for an EU referendum in a bid to break away.
He said: “I believe that people are able to learn, that political structures are able to develop, and that Austria will contribute to making Europe better.
“There is one exception, however, that is if the EU decides to let Turkey join the Union. Austrians will have to be asked whether they want this.”
His remarks come amid fresh discussions between Turkey and EU bigwigs after Ankara demanded an acceleration on its application in return for taking back migrants seeking asylum in Europe.
“I am fully certain that Austrian people will not accept Turkish membership in the bloc – Far-right party leader Norbert Hofer”
“But I am fully certain that Austrian people will not accept Turkish membership in the bloc, as well as the situation where Austria is deprived of its powers in favour of the authorities in Brussels.”
Turkey’s journey towards EU membership has so far been a long and complicated one. Major stumbling blocks include Turkey’s refusal to recognise the Republic of Cyprus or Greece’s demands for an end to Turkish control in the island’s north.
“However, the European Union must learn this lesson: we must be creating Europe for the people, not Europe for bureaucrats.
Norbert Hofer will now have a second chance at winning the Austrian presidency
Mr Hofer received 51.9 per cent of the initial result in the country’s presidential elections, not counting absentee votes – a total that was described as a “political earthquake”.
However, he was narrowly defeated after counting absentee votes for a the final total, former leader of Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, edged in front with a 50.3 per cent victory.
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