Shortly after formally agreeing on a new government, Jorg Haider returned to his rooftop office overlooking Vienna's Parliament buildings and spoke to TIME's Andrew Purvis and Angela Leuker.
TIME: How do you account for the strength of the E.U. response to the Freedom Party entering government?
Haider: I expected a wave of protest. The more successful we have been, the more the socialist party organized the protest around the world against us. They told terrible stories.
TIME: In the past you praised Hitler's employment policies and former members of the Waffen SS. Do you still hold those views ?...