"My opinion is that should treaties be developed that say 'we disempower the member states, we build a centralist Europe under complete elimination of the unanimity principle' then you would have to ask the Austrians if they wanted to be a member in such a Europe. Because the joining of the European Union happened under different conditions. That was a very important promise that we as a small country, also because of the unanimity principle, can have a say in important questions. Then this would be a different Europe. Then you would have to ask again: do you want to be a member in a centralist Europe? The result could absolutely be 'yes'. But you have to ask the question."
5. Hofer during interview
6. Various of portrait of Tyrolean leader Andreas Hofer on wall
"What happens if Turkey becomes a member of the European Union? That would also be a completely different Europe. And I think the European Union could hardly cope with this. I'm in favour of a privileged partnership with Turkey, with tight economic relations, friendly relations. But for me Turkey is not a European country with the exception of a few square kilometres."
"I strongly believe that the people in responsible positions in the European Union and and the member states have learned from this and also realise how critical such a decision can be. I believe in a healing effect. And maybe the European Union can even come out invigorated out of this crisis - if you make the right decisions and if the right personalities are in power."
"For me Juncker is not someone who should have this position now in such a critical situation. My view is similar to, I think Merkel, who seems to have already made some remarks. For many citizens Juncker doesn't represent the picture of the European Union we wish. This non-serious appearance, slapping heads of states and governments when they arrive. He must be aware of the big responsibility he is bearing in this position. You can't play the comic relief, that's just not possible."
Austrian Presidential candidate Norbert Hofer said that if the European Union is not reformed to become less centralised, it would be right to ask Austrians if they want to remain part of the bloc.
The right-wing candidate said Austria joined the EU "under different circumstances" and if the bloc moves towards further integration "then you would have to ask again: do you want to be a member in a centralist Europe? The result could absolutely be 'yes'. But you have to ask the question."
Hofer said he hopes that the current EU crisis after the Brexit vote could have a "healing effect" which could even invigorate the Union.
Hofer added that he was against Turkey joining the EU but in favour of tight economic and friendly relations with the country saying, "for me Turkey is not a European country with the exception of a few square kilometres."
He also criticised EU Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, saying he didn't represent "the picture of the European Union we wish".
Hofer will head his right-wing Freedom Party in a rerun of the presidential election ordered by the country's highest court on grounds of wide-spread voting irregularities in the first ballot.
Austria's chancellor on Tuesday said the government has set October 2 as the date for the rerun of the presidential election
The date, announced Tuesday by Chancellor Christian Kern, still has to be approved by parliament, but that is only a formality.
The Constitutional Court on Thursday had announced that the May runoff between Hofer and left-leaning independent Alexander Van Der Bellen must be repeated.
Van der Bellen had won by less than 30,000 votes.
The ruling essentially matched a challenge by Hofer's party, which asserted the election's results were distorted by mistakes and sloppiness in counting absentee ballots and by other ballot violations.