'It's been looming over us for decades': Austrian voters on the far-right

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A far-right party has entered Austria’s government. We speak to voters about their reaction and hopes for the future

This month Austria became the only western European country with a far-right presence in government after Sebastian Kurz, of the conservative Austrian People’s party (ÖVP), struck a deal with the Freedom party (FPÖ), a nationalist group founded after the second world war by former members of the Nazi party.

Austrians who replied to a Guardian callout say they are outraged by the move and fear the coalition may legitimise far-right sentiment, and increase divisions in society. Anna Labner, 28, a science student living in Vienna, who voted for the Green party in the last general election, says she is deeply worried by the new government. Although she would like to see the FPÖ banned, she says doing so would result in a constitutional crisis.

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