WELS, Austria Jan 11 Austria's centre-left
Chancellor Christian Kern on Wednesday launched an apparent bid
to win back voters from the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) by
presenting a 10-year plan focused on jobs and the economy.
Faced with a resurgent FPO that is running first in opinion
polls and is buoyed by fears about Europe's migration crisis and
rising unemployment, Kern called for the European Union to allow
preference for Austrian citizens in sectors with high
"That means - only if there is no suitable unemployed person
in the country can (a job) be given to new arrivals without
restriction," the text of his plan said. It singled out
immigration from eastern European member states as a source of
pressure on the small country's job market.
(Reporting by Francois Murphy; editing by Mark Heinrich)