The leader of the right-wing FPÖ party, Heinz-Christian Strache has said that he hopes a new, right-wing faction in the European Parliament will be formed no later than June 24th.

He said that accusations that such a group would include racists and anti-Semites were "foul and false insinuations". He said the new faction would not have a joint political declaration. "We won't be interfering in national conflicts in our respective countries," he told Ö1 radio.

He said that he was not in favour of proposals to introduce a Turkish Matura exam, but said he had no problem with students currently being able to study Russian or Serbian for the Matura.

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