Austrian People's Party
The Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) was founded in 1945 and is one of the three biggest political parties in Austria, along with the Social Democratic Party and the Freedom Party of Austria. It consists of Christian-socials, conservatives and liberals. It's a member of the International Democrat Union. Its current leader is Sebastian Kurz, its general secretary is Elisabeth Köstinger.
The ÖVP is a moderately-conservative establishment party. However, in 2017, the Austrian foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz, became the leader of the party. Kurz, a right-winger, essentially adopted the Freedom Party's conservative agenda as its own for the 2017 elections. Under its relativelty right-wing agenda, the ÖVP won first place in the 2017 legislative election, with over 30% of the vote. Kurz has voiced relatively conservative, right-wing views on immigration.
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