Yes, we get it, the party is 'far right.'
Excerpts from Nicholas Kulish's report from Berlin Saturday on the Austrian parliament reluctantly voting to raise its country's share in the euro-zone bailout of troubled countries like Greece:
Austria on Friday became the latest country to sign off on the expansion of the euro currency zone's bailout fund for heavily indebted countries, following a bruising debate in Parliament that underscored the political tensions behind the search for a solution to Europe's financial woes.
Despite sustained heckling from far-right legislators that compelled parliamentary leaders to call a temporary recess, the measure was approved by a healthy 117-to-53 margin. The vote meant that Austria agreed to raise its share of the bailout to 21.6 billion euros, or roughly $29.4 billion, from 12.2 billion euros.
As the debate in Austria indicated, feelings run high on the subject of bailing out neighbors. Members of the far-right Alliance for Austria's Future unfurled a banner on the floor of the chamber demanding a referendum.
Peter Filzmaier, a professor of political science at the Danube University Krems, said that the far-right parties saw the rescue fund more as an opportunity to score political points than a chance to alter the outcome.