>> Austria has once again become the only country in western Europe to have a far-right party in its government. The anti-immigration Freedom Party was sworn in as part of a coalition on Monday. Several thousand people marched in Vienna in protest, burning plastic rain coats that produce a lot of smoke with little fire.
And Austrian passions apparently also burning less intensely than they did in 2000, the last time the FPO entered a coalition. This was the scene then. Tens of thousands taking part in protests so big, the Austrian cabinet took an underground tunnel from the chancellery to the swearing-in ceremony across the road.
This time, FPO leader Christian Strache told newspapers his party would walk the street to the inauguration with their heads held high. He has been made Vice Chancellor in a deal agreed with People's Party leader, Sebastian Kurz, on Friday. The People's Party won the election two months ago. The Freedom Party came third with 26% of the vote.
Both parties campaigned for a hard line on immigration in a country that was swept up in Europe's refugee crisis in 2015. Under Friday's deal, the FPO will be handed control of much of Austria's security apparatus. And the two sides have already agreed a number of key policies, including plans to slash public spending, cut taxes and curb benefits for refugees.
> I believe Austria should remain open. Clearly we're a small country and can't take everyone in. But we should also avoid generally suspecting people and generally being hostile to migration and refugees. And it's not just the protests that are muted compared with 18 years ago.>> So too is the reaction from European countries.
In 2000 sanctions were imposed on Austria as a reprimand for the far-right gaining power. There's no sign of any such action this time.