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Austrian rightist withdraws EU parliament bid

April 8, 2014

VIENNA (AP) — An Austrian far-right politician has withdrawn his candidacy for re-election to the EU parliament amid massive criticism of pro-Nazi and anti-black comments he made.

In comments reported last month, Andreas Moelzer said that Europe risked turning into a “conglomerate of negroes ... where chaos multiplies (through) mass immigration.” He also said that the European Union is a dictatorship that makes the Third Reich look “possibly ... liberal.”

Moelzer said Tuesday that he was acting for the good of his FPO party and not because of pressure from Austria’s “politically correct media landscape.”

Moelzer is on the far-right fringe of his party, which has made huge gains over recent years with a stridently Euroskeptic, anti-corruption and anti-foreigner message. It now regularly polls as the most popular of all Austrian parties.

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