Far Right Austrian Leader Dies in Crash

He rose to power in late '90s on strength of anti-Semitic views
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Oct 11, 2008 9:34 AM CDT
The wreckage of far-right politician Joerg Haider's car lies at the crash site near Klagenfurt, Austria, today.   (AP Photo/Gert Eggenberger)
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(Newser) – A right-wing Austrian politician who sparked controversy with rhetoric viewed as pro-Nazi and anti-Semitic was killed today in a car accident, CNN reports. Joerg Haider, 58, was driving alone when he left the road, hit a concrete post, and flipped several times, said a witness. When Haider's anti-immigration Freedom Party earned enough votes to join a government coalition in 1999, the EU imposed months of sanctions. He broke from the party a few years ago and toned down his comments.