Austrian parliamentary election, 29 September 2019

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Reports, analyses and information relating to the snap legislative election held in Austria in September 2019.

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The election was called by the country's President following the collapse of a coalition government earlier in the year. The 183 members of the National Council are elected by open list proportional representation at the level of one federal constituency consisting of all of Austria, 9 state constituencies, and 39 regional constituencies.

The centre-right People's Party (ÖVP) of outgoing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was unsurprisingly the most voted at the polls (37.1%). The centre-left SPÖ was second (21.7%), which became the party's worst ever result yet for a parliamentary election. This contrasted with the Greens, which were set to return to Parliament after achieving its best result yet (14%). The far-right FPÖ came third (16%) but did not avoid a sharp decrease in its share of votes, scoring around 10 percent less than in the previous election.

On 7 October, the Austrian President tasked Mr Kurz with forming a cabinet.

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Commentary and Analysis
IFES Election Guide: Election for Austrian Parliament http://www.electionguide.org/elections/id/3350/
Politico: Poll of Polls for Austria https://www.politico.eu/europe-poll-of-polls/austria/
Wikipedia: 2019 Austrian legislative election https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2019_Austrian_legislative_election
EurActiv, 02/07/2019: Austrian Parliament doing everything to appease voters https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/austrian-parliament-doing-everything-to-appease-voters/
Robert Schuman Foundation: Analysis, 04/09/2019: Outgoing Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's People's Party (ÖVP) favourite in the snap election in Austria on 29th September next https://www.robert-schuman.eu/en/eem/1834-outgoing-chancellor-sebastian-kurz-s-people-s-party-uvp-favourite-in-the-snap-election-in-austria-on-29th-september-next
LSE: EUROPP Blog, 10/09/2019: What to expect from Austria’s election https://blogs.lse.ac.uk/europpblog/2019/09/10/what-to-expect-from-austrias-election/
Spiegel Online International, 19/09/2019: Austria's Youngest-Ever Chancellor Eyes a Return https://www.spiegel.de/international/europe/sebastian-kurz-eyes-a-comeback-in-austria-a-1287269.html
Politico, 25/09/2019: The newspaper the Austrian establishment hates https://www.politico.eu/article/falter-vienna-austria-election-sebastian-kurz-finances/
France24, 25/09/2019: Austrian far-right Freedom Party dogged by Nazi past https://www.france24.com/en/20190925-austrian-far-right-freedom-party-dogged-by-nazi-past
Euro|topics, September 2019: Austria elects a new National Council https://www.eurotopics.net/en/227629/
Deutsche Welle, 28/09/2019: Austria's political scandal fails to stick in election campaign https://p.dw.com/p/3QKPY
Bloomberg, 29/09/2019: Austria Must Keep the Populists Out of Government https://www.bloomberg.com/opinion/articles/2019-09-29/austria-election-sebastian-kurz-must-keep-out-the-freedom-party
Deutsche Welle, 29/09/2019: Sebastian Kurz: Austria's once and likely future chancellor https://p.dw.com/p/3PdKN
Euro|topics, September 2019: A conservative-Green coalition for Austria? https://www.eurotopics.net/en/227773/
The Guardian, 02/10/2019: The new Austrian government will brand itself as moderate – but don't believe it https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/oct/02/the-new-austrian-government-will-brand-itself-as-moderate-but-dont-believe-it

News
BBC News: Austria election 2019 https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/topics/cml66rpxe01t/austria-election-2019
Reuters, 12/06/2019: Austria moves towards September 29 election as parliament draws towards close https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKCN1TD1YF
EurActiv, 26/08/2019: Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution https://www.euractiv.com/section/data-protection/news/debate-rages-in-austria-over-enshrining-use-of-cash-in-the-constitution/
Reuters, 25/09/2019: Austria's Kurz, famed for leaning to far right, could change course https://www.reuters.com/article/idUSKBN1WA23Z
The Guardian, 29/09/2019: Austrian elections: support for far-right collapses https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/sep/29/austrian-elections-exit-polls-collapse-far-right-support-sebastian-kurz-victory
Bloomberg, 29/09/2019: Greta Effect Shakes Up Austrian Politics in Signal for Europe https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-09-29/greta-effect-shakes-up-austrian-politics-in-signal-for-europe
The Local (Austria), 29/09/2019: Austria conservatives win most votes in snap election while far right suffer losses https://www.thelocal.at/20190929/austrians-vote-with-conservatives-in-lead
Reuters, 29/09/2019: Election triumph hands Austria's Kurz range of coalition options https://uk.reuters.com/article/idUKKBN1WE09X
Politico, 29/09/2019: Sebastian Kurz spoilt for choice of coalition partners after election win https://www.politico.eu/article/sebastian-kurz-spoilt-for-choice-of-coalition-partners-after-austria-election-win/
France24, 29/09/2019: Kurz's conservatives win Austria elections as far-right loses ground https://www.france24.com/en/20190929-kurz-conservative-austria-elections-far-right-support-exit-polls
Deutsche Welle, 30/09/2019: Austria's far-right loses ground as Sebastian Kurz wins landslide https://p.dw.com/p/3QS5B
EurActiv, 30/09/2019: Kurz, Greens emerge as big winners of Austria’s snap election https://www.euractiv.com/section/elections/news/kurz-greens-emerge-as-big-winners-of-austrias-snap-election/
Bloomberg, 07/10/2019: Kurz Given Gentle Nudge to Consider Greens in Coalition Search https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2019-10-07/kurz-asked-to-form-to-austrian-government-amid-split-parliament
The Local (Austria), 08/10/2019: Austrian president tasks Kurz to form another government https://www.thelocal.at/20191008/austrian-president-tasks-kurz-to-form-another-government

Official
European Council: Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Sebastian Kurz, 7 October 2019 https://www.consilium.europa.eu/en/press/press-releases/2019/10/07/letter-of-congratulations-from-president-donald-tusk-to-sebastian-kurz/

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