13. 08. 12. - 16:40
Stronach could tip political balance
Millionaire businessman Frank Stronach, the founder of automotive industry giant Magna International is to stand as the top candidate for his newly founded party and according to political scientist Peter Filzmaier he could tip the political balance.
Filzmaier believes his standing and the fact he is already well-known could have a very positive impact on him.
Frank Stronach plans to run in the next general election in 2013. He has set himself the goal to win ten per cent of the votes.
Filzmaier said: "It is realistic he would get more than the four per cent hurdle and could then become a Member of Parliament. With a bit of luck that means you can also become the party which tips the balance when it comes to forming the government.
Filzmaier added: "Stronach has the advantage that he has the money to get himself in the media and he also represents populist demands such as being against the Euro.
The government has less to fear than the opposition does according to Filzmaier. He claims it gives the electorate a further 'protest vote'. He believes this will have a negative effect on for example the FPÖ.
It is thought the new party will be more a 'one man show'.
"The public attention will concentrate on the leading person and that is Franz Stronach and he is already well known.
Stronach will announce his team and party programme in September.