I am always late with these things because I care so little about politics, but it has come to my attention that there are elections in Austria this Sunday. Some people may remember my thread from last year about the presidential election:
This time a new government will be formed and things are pointing towards a coalition between ÖVP and FPÖ. The ÖVP is pretty much the Austrian equivalent of Merkel's CDU in Germany while the FPÖ's German equivalent is the AfD. These two parties have run the government before (only once, I think), but otherwise it has been a coalition between ÖVP and SPÖ with the only difference being who of the two had the higher share of votes and more say in the government. SPÖ is on a downward spiral though, plus ÖVP has been moving more to the right lately, so despite ÖVP + SPÖ probably still being possible, the ÖVP is much more likely to choose the FPÖ as their partner. At least that's what I've picked up from the little news that I paid attention to.
Here are a bunch of surveys from September that were conducted for major newspapers to give you an idea about the power levels of each political party in Austria:
28.9.2017 Unique research-Umfrage:
ÖVP 33%, FPÖ 26%, SPÖ 24%, NEOS 6%, Grüne 5%, Pilz 4%, Sonstige 3%
(Befragte: n = 1000, Befragungszeitraum 25.9.-28.9.2017; für die Tageszeitung Österreich)
ÖVP 33-35%, FPÖ 23-25%, SPÖ 22-24%, Grüne 7-9%, NEOS 3-5%, Pilz 3-5%, Sonstige ...%
(Befragte: n = 1033, Zeitraum: 17. August - 11. September 2017, für die Kronenzeitung.)
11.9.2017 market-Umfrage (David Pfarrhofer):
ÖVP 33%, SPÖ 26%, FPÖ 24%, NEOS 5%, Pilz 5%, Grüne 4%, Sonstige 3%
(Befragte: n = 814, maximale Schwankungsbreite +/- 3,4%, für die Tageszeitung Der Standard.)
ÖVP 33%, SPÖ 25%, FPÖ 25%, Grüne 5%, NEOS 5%, Pilz 5%, Sonstige 2%
(Befragte: n = 805, maximale Schwankungsbreite +/- 3,0%, für die Tageszeitung KURIER.)
Don't ask me what NEOS and Pilz are. Until an hour ago I didn't even know they were a thing. What's very important is that in early October evidence for dirty campaigning of the SPÖ came to light, so the party is expected to suffer in the election and therefore the above surveys are probably misrepresenting support for the SPÖ as prospective voters might be disgusted by the scandal and vote for a different party or stay at home.
Looks like dark times ahead for Austria. A burqa ban has become effective at the beginning of this month and to cloud its racist motivations, it also prohibits other ways of covering your face. Therefore, someone covering their face with a scarf during the cold months of the year can be punished with a €150 fine if the police deems the temperature as not cold enough. I am not joking, this is real.
So what's next for Austria in the near future is that there is going to be a referendum to join Germany. I don't want to live in the same country as vivster. I wish I was overexaggerating, but this isn't like the presidential election last year where a positive outcome was more probable than a negative outcome.