Written by Staff Writer
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Joerg Haider, the founder of the Freedom Party, died in July 2010. He was 68.
Former Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann also visited for the funeral. Four months later the Freedom Party turned him over to the Federal Prosecution Office on suspicion of having participated in the “anti-constitutional activities” of the right-wing party he had led for seven years until then.
“I have got so tired of constant firefighting that the consequences have started to get worse and worse,” said Haider in an interview in March 2014. “I have always wanted to think and to analyse rather than to keep criticising.”
Three months later, in May, Haider, who had died aged 68, said his party could agree to some conditions and try to move forward together. That concession could have been a game-changer for Austria’s political landscape.
After 2010’s elections saw the Freedom Party hit an all-time high in the polls, it was perceived as having been almost impossible to move on from Haider’s legacy. Austria’s next parliamentary election is set for late May 2019.