Austria Calls For Overhaul Of EU Free Movement

Vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache asks if allowing EU citizens to live and work in any other member state is “a smart rule”.

Heinz-Christian Strache leads the far-right Freedom Party

As reported by the Austria Press Agency, he said: “We must discuss openly that it is not good for European development to strip away the entire intellectual, well-trained potential of eastern Europe for western Europe.

“If I see that this on one hand isn’t beneficial for eastern European countries, but on the other hand also leads to a displacement process here… then those are areas where we should discuss whether this is a smart rule, or whether we shouldn’t consider at least in part finding adjustments to do this better in everyone’s interest.”

Other EU member states have previously voiced concern about free movement rules, while former prime minister David Cameron was reported to have made a last-ditch plea to German Chancellor Angela Merkel for reform in the days before the Brexit vote.

Fellow ex-prime minister Tony Blair, who has previously branded Brexit a “catastrophe”, recently suggested “comprehensive” EU immigration reforms could see the UK reverse its decision to leave the bloc.

The Freedom Party’s success at elections last year saw Austria become the only western European country with a far-right party in government.Austria will take on the EU’s rotating presidency for a six-month term from July.

Originally Posted by Skynews

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