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Populists In the Fast Lane

Populists In the Fast Lane

The heads of the traditional Austrian parties, the Social Democrats and the Austrian People’s Party, could teach their cousins in the Czech Republic a thing or two about what it’s like when parties lose power and voter support, and populist movements of various colours jostle to get into parliament. Although the results of September’s parliamentary […]

Frankie Goes to Ottakring

Frankie Goes to Ottakring

At Brunnenmarkt in Ottakring you can get a kilo of ripe tomatoes or juicy peaches for €1 – a decent price, that makes Brunnenmarkt and nearby Yppenplatz popular with immigrants and young hipsters who enjoy their late-afternoon breakfast at one of the market restaurants.  Its melting pot character has also made the area a battleground […]

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 […]

Greens for Government?

Greens for Government?

    Greens Press on Towards the Top, 15 May by Meret Baumann Austria’s Greens have long stood in the shadow of entrepreneur Frank Stronach’s new party in this significant election year. While the billionaire was guaranteed the attention of observers and the media, not least because of his unconventional campaigning and his decisive gains […]

Stronach’s Test in Tyrol

There was one consolation for Frank Stronach in the regional elections in Tyrol on 28 April: His namesake East Tyrolean village of Iselberg-Stronach supported his “Team Stronach” with 17%, or 49 votes of its 617 inhabitants. With the first exit polls published at 17:00, it was clear that the remarkable result – Frank’s party came […]

Regional Elections

Regional Elections

Stronach’s Gloss and Glory, 5 March by Michael Völker All together 130,000 people in Lower Austria and Carinthia voted this Sunday [3 March] for Team Stronach. That is indeed a strong showing. Even prior to the elections, this ‘test-tube’ party was, in fact, able to form a parliamentary group, and yet has achieved even more […]

World Champions at Getting in the Way

World Champions at Getting in the Way

Austria is glowing under the spell of famous Austrian expatriates. When Arnold Schwarzenegger visits his Styrian homeland, dignitaries and photographers go wild. When Frank Stronach founds a party in Vienna, a shock wave goes through the country. Ridiculous? No. It’s a show of intellectual arrogance to make fun of the Styrian-American speach, appearance and world […]

The Fable Of Frank Stronach

The Fable Of Frank Stronach

He has an image many politicians would die for: Small town boy who goes off to make his fortune and comes back a wealthy and successful man; he invests, he flourishes, and now in his golden years, he wants to “give back” through public service. “I’m a man of the people,” billionaire Frank Stronach proclaimed […]

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 […]

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