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    Karas vs Kurz: Why Austria’s Chancellor faces some difficult choices ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections

Karas vs Kurz: Why Austria’s Chancellor faces some difficult choices ahead of the 2019 European Parliament elections

Othmar Karas, the leader of the Austrian People’s Party’s (ÖVP) delegation to the European Parliament, is widely viewed as one of the most influential Austrian MEPs. However, as Michael Burri explains, Karas is now posing some difficult questions for the ÖVP and its Chancellor Sebastian Kurz ahead of the next European Parliament elections in May 2019.

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    As the economy takes off in Austria, voters remain torn between economic optimism and anti-immigration politics

As the economy takes off in Austria, voters remain torn between economic optimism and anti-immigration politics

With under two weeks left until the Austrian legislative election on 15 October, the centre-right People’s Party (ÖVP), led by Sebastian Kurz, currently leads the opinion polls. Michael Burri writes that the refugee-centred campaign of Kurz has resonated with the public, allowing the ÖVP to counter the economic message emphasised by incumbent Chancellor Christian Kern. And while an improving economy […]

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