Neutrality remains popular domestically in Austria

The vacuum for geopolitical neutrality has narrowed across Europe since February 24, the day Russia invaded Ukraine.

The continent’s evolving security architecture has fueled Sweden and Finland abandoned their historical disconnect and even Switzerland come closer for NATO.

However, Austria continues to sit on the fence and Vienna has no plans to join NATO despite the ongoing war.

Austria, a member of the European Union (EU), partner with NATO with various capacities and the country has become more integrated into the EU security framework.

In this context, some analysts argue that Austria is essentially a freestyle racer, simply surviving by luck while remaining outside of NATO.

Almost six months later Ukraine crisis there is no serious debate in Austria about officially joining NATO.

80% of Austrians support staying out of the Western coalition while neutrality remains widespread among Austrian politicians across the country.

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