Carl Bildt (the conservative Swedish ex-PM): Simplistic Xenophobia in Austria
There are many strange aspects to the Austrian situation. On the one hand, it's one of the countries where public hostility to European Union enlargement, and in particular to Turkey, is strongest. The two major parties ÖVP and SPÖ are, sorry to say, competing in negativism concerning Turkey. It's only the Greens that dare to think otherwise.
But on the other hand, Austria is one of the countries that has profited the most from membership in the Union and in particular from enlargement.
I am convinced that there are many Austrian that feel positively ashamed.
I do hope that they make their views known - and that it preferably be heard outside their borders too.
Yes on all points, although I for one am not so much ashamed as perennially annoyed.

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