Austrian People's Party

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Austrian People's Party
Party leader Sebastian Kurz
Parliamentary leader August Wöginger
Founded 1945
Political ideology Establishment[1] conservatism
Political position Center-right[2][3][4]
International affiliation International Democrat Union and European People’s Party
Color(s) black and turquoise

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 by European standards,[5] essentially adopted the Freedom Party's conservative agenda as its own for the 2017 elections.[6][7] Under its relativelty right-wing agenda, the ÖVP won first place in the 2017 legislative election, with over 30% of the vote.[8][9][10][11] Kurz has voiced relatively conservative, right-wing views on immigration.[12][13] Kurz became the Austrian chancellor in December 2017[14] through a coalition deal with the FPÖ in which the party also gained control over several important government agencies.[15]

The ÖVP is not a consistently conservative party – it has explicitly refused to work with consistently conservative, nationalist parties like the FPÖ on the European level.[1]


  1. 1.0 1.1 Bavarian, Austrian conservatives reject Orban's call to work with populists. Reuters. May 3, 2019. Retrieved May 4, 2019.
  2. Austria set for rightward political turn after Sunday vote
  3. Austrian far-Right Freedom Party on brink of power ditches 'Nazi' cornflower
  4. The Latest: Election tally shows Austria turning right
  5. Anderson, Kristen Soltis (October 12, 2017). Meet the conservative, maybe populist, millennial who could run Austria. Washington Examiner. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  6. Knolle, Kirsti; Nasralla, Shadia (September 5, 2017). Austria's far-right party accuses conservatives of stealing campaign ideas. Reuters. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  7. Murphy, Francois (July 16, 2017). Win or lose, Austrian far right's views have entered government. Reuters. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  8. Nasralla, Shadia; Knolle, Kirsti (October 14, 2017). Austria shifts to right as conservative star seals election win. Reuters. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  9. Eddy, Melissa (October 15, 2017). Austria Shifts Right as Refashioned Conservatives Win. The New York Times. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  10. 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.
  11. Murphy, Francois; Shields, Michael (October 14, 2017). Austria's conservative shift opens path to power for far right. Reuters. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  12. Atkins, Ralph (October 18, 2017). Austria’s Sebastian Kurz leans towards tougher line on migrants. Financial Times. Retrieved October 21, 2017.
  13. Newman, Alex (October 16, 2017). In Austria, Voters Choose “Right-Wing Populism”. The New American. Retrieved November 25, 2017.
  14. Europe's youngest leader sworn in, with far-right partner. CBS News. Retrieved December 21, 2017.
  15. Multiple references: For information on the individual cabinet members:

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