After years of efforts to clean up the image of his Freedom Party (FPOe), founded after World War II by former Nazis, Strache has now been disgraced by what he termed a "stupid, irresponsible mistake". This time, the reaction was more muted, with Europe more inured to populists and the FPOe seen as having moderated. Strache also moved to clean up the party's image by suspending members for anti-Semitic behaviour. However, since the party's entry into government, it has been dogged by a steady succession of controversies. Other revelations pointed to extremist sympathies in the party's base, including links to the Identitarian Movement Austria.
Source: Bangkok Post May 18, 2019 12:33 UTC