Sat Oct 11th, 2008 at 06:30:51 AM EST
Austria's right wing extremist Jörg Haider died in a car crash tonight [Friday evening]. Haider, who poisoned the waters of German speaking politics for more than two decades, crashed his car himself.
Here is the BBC report:
Austrian far-right politician Joerg Haider has been killed in a road accident, police say. Mr Haider suffered severe head and chest injuries after his car came off the road in Carinthia, his political base. Police investigating the crash said he had been driving alone. The 58-year-old was leader of the Alliance for Austria's Future, and was known for his anti-immigration and anti-EU policies. (...)
"For us this is the end of the world," the deputy leader of Mr Haider's Alliance for Austria's Future, Stefan Petzner, told Austrian news agency, APA.
Haider made right wing extremism successful and was a defining figure of Austria's second republic. It will be interesting to see whether others, like HC Strache of the FPÖ will be able to fill the gap he leaves behind.
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