Austrian People's Party

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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,[1] essentially adopted the Freedom Party's conservative agenda as its own for the 2017 elections.[2][3] Under its relativelty right-wing agenda, the ÖVP won first place in the 2017 legislative election, with over 30% of the vote.[4][5][6][7] Kurz has voiced relatively conservative, right-wing views on immigration.[8]


  1. Anderson, Kristen Soltis (October 12, 2017). Meet the conservative, maybe populist, millennial who could run Austria. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  2. Knolle, Kirsti; Nasralla, Shadia (September 5, 2017). Austria's far-right party accuses conservatives of stealing campaign ideas. Reuters. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  3. Murphy, Francois (July 16, 2017). Win or lose, Austrian far right's views have entered government. Reuters. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  4. Nasralla, Shadia; Knolle, Kirsti (October 14, 2017). Austria shifts to right as conservative star seals election win. Reuters. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  5. Eddy, Melissa (October 15, 2017). Austria Shifts Right as Refashioned Conservatives Win. The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  6. Witte, Griff; Beck, Luisa (October 16, 2017). Austria turns sharply to the right in an election shaped by immigration. The Washington Post. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  7. Murphy, Francois; Shields, Michael (October 14, 2017). Austria's conservative shift opens path to power for far right. Reuters. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  8. Atkins, Ralph (October 18, 2017). Austria’s Sebastian Kurz leans towards tougher line on migrants. Financial Times. Retrieved October 21, 2017.

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