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.

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IFES Election Guide: Election for Austrian Parliament
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EurActiv, 02/07/2019: 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
LSE: EUROPP Blog, 10/09/2019: What to expect from Austria’s election
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Deutsche Welle, 28/09/2019: Austria's political scandal fails to stick in election campaign
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BBC News: Austria election 2019
Reuters, 12/06/2019: Austria moves towards September 29 election as parliament draws towards close
EurActiv, 26/08/2019: 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
The Guardian, 29/09/2019: Austrian elections: support for far-right collapses
Bloomberg, 29/09/2019: 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
France24, 29/09/2019: Kurz's conservatives win Austria elections as far-right loses ground
Deutsche Welle, 30/09/2019: Austria's far-right loses ground as Sebastian Kurz wins landslide
EurActiv, 30/09/2019: Kurz, Greens emerge as big winners of Austria’s snap election

European Council: Letter of congratulations from President Donald Tusk to Sebastian Kurz, 7 October 2019

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