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Three in 10 Austrians want "strong leader": Survey

Published on May 8, 2014 11:45 PM

VIENNA (REUTERS) - Nearly 30 per cent of Austrians want a "strong leader" to run the country, according to survey results released on the anniversary of Nazi Germany's capitulation in 1945.

More than half in Austria - which Nazi Germany annexed in 1938 - think it is time to end the discussion of the country's role in World War Two and the Holocaust, turning the page on a dark chapter of national history.

Coinciding with Victory in Europe Day marking the collapse of the Third Reich, the SORA Institute poll for the Austrian Future Fund found 29 percent favoured a "strong leader who does not have worry about parliament or elections".

That was a higher total than in years past. Support for a strong leader has doubled since 2007, it found.

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