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After the Election

After the Election

The German saying “Man soll den Tag nicht vor dem Abend loben” (“Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched”) proved true  once again on 29 September. Both Social Democrats (SPÖ) and Conservatives (ÖVP), while still victorious, had to face major losses. But unlike other EU countries, the Austrian coalition was not voted out. With […]

No Alarms & No Surprises

No Alarms &  No Surprises

If it weren’t for all the posters splashing the heads of party frontrunners around the city, few would notice that it’s election time in Austria. In the scorching heat of recent weeks, electoral campaigns have had a very slow start. On 29 September, voters will go to the polls and choose which party or parties […]

Cavaliere Stronach enters the race

Cavaliere Stronach enters the race

“I will use my own money to explain the truth.” Frank Stronach’s message in the ORF Zeit im Bild interview on 3 July was unmistakable: The 80-year-old Austro-Canadian billionaire will finally enter Austria’s political stage with his own party. The negotiations with other political parties for joint candidacy – either the Conservative ÖVP or the […]

More (or Less) of the Same In Carinthia

More (or Less) of  the Same In Carinthia

With the death of Regional Governor Jörg Haider on Oct. 11, Carinthia is not only in mourning, but is also faced with profound uncertainty about its political future. Gerhard Dörfler, elected on Oct. 23 to fill the unexpired term, is something of an unknown quantity to many, raising questions of whether he will carry on […]

End of an Era

End of an Era

Far right leader Jörg Haider’s sudden and tragic death in the early hours of his mother’s 90th birthday celebration, mirrored his political life. The Carinthian regional governor was a whirlwind, a controversial and charismatic populist, who successfully dominated Austrian domestic and international politics for over two decades. Less than two weeks later, Austria mourned yet […]

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