The Middle East Forum is hosting a trip to Central Europe on May 21-28, 2019, spending time in Warsaw, Vienna, and Budapest. Following my first notice focused on Poland, this one is about Austria.
I wrote in April about something unprecedented that took place in Austria almost precisely a year ago, a development that few outside the country noticed: For the first time in Western Europe, a government took power that advocates anti-immigration and anti-Islamization policies. (I call that a civilizationist government.)
The Austrian People’s Party (Österreichische Volkspartei, ÖVP) and Freedom Party of Austria (Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ) together won 58% of the vote. Their coalition agreement, implemented “from the first day” stated:
Austria guarantees freedom of belief and religion but fights political Islam. By political Islam we mean groups and organizations whose ideological foundation is Islam, and which seek to change the basic political and social order by rejecting our constitution and Islamizing society. Political Islam, which can lead to radicalization, antisemitism, violence and terrorism, has no place in our society.
In Austria we will grapple with important questions, like:
- What are the key issues involving immigration and Islamization?
- One year later, how is the coalition government faring?
- Why do we hear so much less from Austria’s civilizationists than from Italy’s?
- What can these policies teach us about the civilizationist struggle across Europe?
As well as meeting with Austrian decision-makers and opinion-makers, we’ll do some conventional sightseeing of palaces and cathedrals, but what makes the trip unique is the engagement to learn about current circumstances and what these mean for Europe as a whole.
The trip costs US $5,000 per person, with a $1,065 supplement for single occupancy. (MEF donors who contribute $5,000 or more per year enjoy a discounted rate of $4,500) Of this, about $1,800 is a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum to compensate for our time and resources devoted to organizing the trip (we will know the exact figure once the trip is over).
The price includes:
- Stays in international-class hotels (specifics will be provided to those traveling).
- Breakfast every day; one lunch and one dinner in each city.
- All travel: modern air-conditioned buses on land and airfare from Warsaw to Budapest.
- A tour escort/manager and local guides.
- Entrance fees, tips, misc. fees.
Space in our group is limited and filling up, but if you’d like to join us or learn more about the trip, please click HERE.
I look forward to you joining us as we attempt to grasp the growing trends which are affecting the world we live in.