Heinz-Christian Strache, head of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ): With crude comparisons and cheap rhetoric, Strache has led the FPÖ back to a place it hasn't been since Jörg Haider's resignation -- smack in the middle of Austrian society. Polls suggest that if Austrians were to vote today, one in five would cast ballots for Strache's FPÖ. And Strache can be counted on to court them with offensive quotes like: "We are the new Jews," a reference to attacks against Austria's male Burschenschaft fraternities, some of which hold an annual ball that is considered to be a gathering of right-wing extremists. But he also mixes slogans like that with anti-European Union populism. Strache doesn't want Austria to be "disposed of," or for it to be consumed by some behemoth "United States of Europe." He also claims that the permanent euro bailout fund, the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), will destroy "not only our state, but also our democracy and constitution." He says the ESM is tantamount to an ´Ermächtigungsgesetz, an allusion to the 1933 German law that allowed Hitler to rise to power.