Soon, it is election time. But what do the parties represent? On September 29, almost 6.4 million Austrians will be called on to elect their new Nationalrat (National Assembly, the lower chamber of parliament). Austrians can vote for the People’s Party (ÖVP), the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ), the Freedom Party (FPÖ), the Liberal Party (NEOS), The Green Party, JETZT and some other small parties. While the airwaves have been full of talks about Ibizagate, the implosion of the center-right coalition government and numerous unfolding corruption scandals, there’s been precious little talk of actual policies so far. Austrians’ penchant for a long, relaxing summer holiday – far away from all the political bravado – also held back more vigorous debate.
But with children getting back to school this week, politicians have also started to lay out their ideas for shaping Austria in the next five years. Here’s a short overview of the parties’ ideas, ranked according to their current standing in the polls. You can read about each program by clicking on the link of the party that interests you.