one who fears that which is unknown; one who fears people who are different from oneself, especially foreigners.
austrian politician, sent shockwaves through europe and beyond when his far-right freedom party joined the government. his party formed a coalition with the conservative people's party and amassed a 104-seat majority in the 183-seat parliament, ousting the social democrats from power. haider, considered by many to be a xenophobe, has made several pro-nazi remarks, praising hitler's labor policies and ss troops. some european union members froze ministerial-level contacts with austria; israel and the united states withdrew their ambassadors. haider resigned from the party in feb. amid the controversy, but remains governor of carinthia. infoplease.com