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Resurgence of Austria’s far-right party gains momentum

Wednesday, February 1, 2023

Significance

The party came second, taking many votes from the victorious centre-right People's Party (OVP) and the centre-left Social Democrats (SPO). The FPO’s resurgence in Lower Austria is consistent with national polling trends, which suggest FPO could potentially win the next general election.

Impacts

  • The OVP-Greens coalition should survive for the full parliamentary term to autumn 2024.
  • Another poor result for the OVP in April’s election in Salzburg could trigger a leadership challenge.
  • The resurgence of the FPO could make OVP more conservative on policy issues such as military support for Ukraine and immigration.

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