SPÖ see devastating loss after weekend election

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The SPÖ lost a huge amoung of votes in the Salzburg state election yesterday (Sun). The party of Governor Gabi Burgstaller only achieved 23.81%, which is a loss of 15.58% compared to 2009. Even though the ÖVP lost more than seven percent, they came first. The Green Party is a winner of this election. It […]

ÖVP Lower Austria start election campaign

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The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) of Lower Austria officially started the election campaign with a major event in Multiversum in Schwechat yesterday evening (Thurs). Governor or Lower Austria and top candidate Erwin Pröll demands clarity in the country. His new favourite opponent is Frank Stronach. According to ÖVP, 4,000 fans came to the event. 349 […]

Lower Austrian election date fixed

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Lower Austria’s regional Governor Erwin Pröll has announced plans for the elections in the region to take place next year on 3 March. Announcing the decision he said that the work of the local government would continue right up until the last minute and that the election campaign that followed, which would probably start on […]

Stronach tops up party funds as Wolf rules out a role

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Austrian Canadian businessman Frank Stronach has invested another 1,000,000 euros in his political party which he founded recently to fight in the next election in Austria. According to a new law from the first of July any donations over 50,000 euros need to be registered with the Federal auditors. That means also any donations made […]

Oppitz-Plörer wins mayoral election

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Innsbruck Mayor Christine Oppitz-Plörer has been confirmed in office. The head of Für Innsbruck (FI, For Innsbruck), a conservative list which was established by former People’s Party (ÖVP) officials, received 56 per cent in Sunday’s runoff election. Christoph Platzgummer, who ran for the ÖVP, was supported by only 44 per cent of participating residents of […]

SPÖ is up to date, says Schlögl

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Former Social Democratic (SPÖ) Interior Minister Karl Schlögl has rejected claims that his party is in need of a new programme. Only 27 to 28 per cent of Austrians would elect the SPÖ at the moment, according to polls by Viennese research groups Karmasin and OGM. The left-wing party – which is headed by Werner […]

Pirates ‘are anarchists’

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Josef Bucher, the head of the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ), has harshly attacked the Pirate Party (PPÖ). The newly established political movements celebrated its first significant success earlier this week when it entered the city hall of Innsbruck, the capital of the western province of Tyrol. The PPÖ, which has a dramatically […]

PPÖ sets the sails for Graz

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A public opinion researcher has given the Austrian Pirate Party (PPÖ) good chances to enter the city hall of Graz next year. Sophie Karmasin of Viennese research group Karmasin said the recently established political party might manage to make it into the parliament of the capital of Styria in next year’s city hall ballot. Graz […]

Hofer sceptical about ÖVP’s future impact

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A renowned political strategist has warned that the People’s Party (ÖVP) could be “pulverised” in the approaching election campaign. Thomas Hofer writes in a guest article for political magazine profil that the conservative party might find it difficult to position itself in the expected war of words between Social Democratic (SPÖ) Chancellor Werner Faymann and […]

Styrian schools set to shut

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Dozens of schools will be closed this year, the Styrian government has revealed. The province’s coalition of Social Democrats (SPÖ), People’s Party (ÖVP) and Freedom Party (FPÖ) said yesterday (Tues) that it planned to shut down 31 primary schools throughout the 2012/2013 term. Schools with just one class of 20 pupils and fewer would be […]