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Under Kickl’s leadership, immigration and asylum have remained core FPO themes, with "Festung Oesterreich" ("Fortress Austria"), a spin on "Fortress Europe," one of Kickl’s most notorious slogans. Opposition to the European Union, skepticism about the COVID-19 pandemic and siding with Russia against Ukraine continue to fuel support for the party.
"And that’s the amazing thing: that most critics, especially in Austria, haven’t even bothered to go to the website to see what it does,” Rosen told New Lines. In spite of his aforementioned hesitance about becoming involved with KAICIID, he believes the project has been worthwhile.
For Erdoğan, Turkish citizens in Austria as well as Germany constitute a “pool of voters for the AKP,” which he may need to draw upon in the 2023 presidential election given his declining popularity at home. But Erdogan is only able to draw on them because he is playing the kind of music Turks in Austria want to hear.