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First EurActiv Article: Austria’s New Government – The Heart of Europe becomes its Crucible

Written by Hannah Fuchs and Dominik Kirchdorfer, the article analyses the newly formed Austrian government, its origins and consequences for Europe. Head on over to our EurActiv blog to read it all! The article was originally published in German and was translated to English. You can find both versions below. Austria’s New Government – The …

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Austrian Election Results: Between tragedy and relief

The first exit poll showed the FPÖ (Freedom Party Austria, ENF) in second place and all three small parties past the entry barrier of 4%. But the final results looked a little different. Despite a horrible campaign and all the surrounding scandals [insert link to first two articles] the SPÖ (Socialist Party Austria, S&D) managed …

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Party Portrait: Die Grünen – The Fungus that overgrew the Greens

The Greens in Austria have been around for over 31 years since 1986 and are formally called Grüne Alternative (The Green Alternative, Greens/EFA). This name is the result of a merger of the conservative VGÖ (United Greens of Austria) and the progressive ALÖ (Alternative List Austria). This mixed origin explains why many liberals once called …

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Party Portrait: Liste Kurz – The ÖVP gets a brand makeover!

To understand the ÖVP (Austrian People’s Party, EPP), one has to understand Austrian history. After all, it was the ÖVP’s own Leopold Figl, who achieved the unthinkable and gave Austria back sovereignty and ended the Allies’ occupation with the famous words “Austria is free!” After World War II, the provisional Austrian government was put together …

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Party Portrait: SPÖ – Veering to the Right and the Left is possible at the same time. Enter the Authoritarian Marxists

Lead Candidate of the SPÖ and Chancellor of Austria, Christian Kern. Source: Flickr The SPÖ (Socialist Party Austria, S&D) has had to endure some rough times. They never really recovered from the loss of their idol, Bruno Kreisky. To this day they present themselves as Kreisky’s party, even though his term as chancellor ended in …

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