2019 European Parliament election in Austria

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Reports, analyses and information on the electoral campaign and the aftermath of the European Parliament election held in Austria on 26 May 2019.

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The European Parliament elections were held only one week after a video of former Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) was published, showing him promising public contracts in return for positive coverage in Austrian media. However, the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) suffered only a minor setback in the European Parliament election, coming in third with 17,20% of the vote. Centre-right Austrian People's Party ÖVP emerged as the clear winner of the election getting 34,6% of the vote, while the main opposition, the social democrats SPÖ, were put at 23,5%. The Greens received 14,1%, followed by the liberal NEOS party (8,4%).

Conflicts between the populist right and the rest of the political spectrum on topics such as immigration dominated the electoral campaign.


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Commentary and Analysis
Wikipedia: 2019 European Parliament election in Austria https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_European_Parliament_election_in_Austria
EurActiv, 27/02/2019: EU country briefing: Austria https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/eu-country-briefing-austria/
VOXeurop, 20/05/2019: A night at Ibiza disrupts the campaign https://voxeurop.eu/en/2019/27-voices-europe-austria-5123205

EurActiv, 08/01/2019: Austria in starting blocks for European elections campaign https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/austria-in-starting-blocks-for-european-elections-campaign/
Reuters, 09/05/2019: Austria's Kurz says southern EU states 'gladly take our money' https://www.reuters.com/article/us-eu-election-austria/austrias-kurz-says-southern-eu-states-gladly-take-our-money-idUSKCN1SF0W3
EUObserver, 24/05/2019: Strache scandal: how big a hit will Austrian far-right take? https://euobserver.com/eu-election/144982
The Local Austria, 26/05/2019: Austrian centre-right leading in European election vote, far-right third https://www.thelocal.at/20190526/austrian-centre-right-leading-in-european-election-vote-far-right-third
Politico, 27/05/2019: Austria’s Strache wins EU Parliament seat despite scandal: reports https://www.politico.eu/article/austria-heinz-christian-strache-wins-mep-seat-despite-scandal/
The Local Austria, 28/05/2019: Disgraced far-right leader wins rights to a seat as Austrian MEP https://www.thelocal.at/20190528/disgraced-far-right-leader-wins-rights-to-a-seat-as-austrian-mep
EurActiv, 29/05/2019: Austrian Greens are showing signs of comeback https://www.euractiv.com/section/eu-elections-2019/news/austrian-greens-are-showing-signs-of-comeback/

European Elections.eu: How to Vote in Austria https://www.european-elections.eu/how-to-vote/austria
Election Results.eu: National Results Austria https://election-results.eu/national-results/austria/2019-2024/

ESO Records
European Parliament elections, 23-26 May 2019 https://www.europeansources.info/record/european-parliament-elections-23-26-may-2019/
Political campaign ahead of 2019 European Parliament elections https://www.europeansources.info/record/political-campaign-ahead-of-2019-european-parliament-elections/

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