Austrian people should be given the opportunity to have their say on Europe and the eurozone in an in/out referendum, the leader of the country's far-right party has said.
Saying he was inspired by British Prime Minister David Cameron's promise of a referendum on whether to leave the European Union, FPÖ head Heinz-Christian Strache told the daily Österreich this was just the kind of direct democracy Austria needed as well.
"If the EU develops into a centralised super-state then the final consequence for Austria would be an EU exit. I would rather have an alliance with Switzerland," Strache said, as cited by EurActiv....
Interesting this one. I was traveling in Austria 18 months ago and had a discussion with an Austrian hotelia who voiced the same concerns about the EU that you hear in the UK. There are also concerns all around Europe, as we have seen since Camerons speech, in Sweden, Czech Rep and Spain. So a frank discussion does need to be started.
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