Party Manifestos | What the Small Parties Want for Austria

About the Wandel, Communists and Other Manifesto

Seven smaller parties are also running in the 2019 parliamentary elections, but only two – Wandel and the KPÖ – made it onto the national ballot.

Seven smaller parties are also running in the 2019 parliamentary elections, but only two – Wandel and the KPÖ – made it onto the national ballot. For this, they had to collect 2,600 signatures at the country’s municipalities and magistrates – no mean task for a small party.

The Austrian Communist Party, the KPÖ, was actually an option on every ballot since 1959, even though it has consistently gathered less than 1% of the vote.  Current chairman Ivo Hajnal, a scholar of Indo-European languages, ancient philology and Mycenology, wants to give voters a “left and social alternative.”

For this aim, the KPÖ is doubling down on its 2017 election manifesto, demanding a minimum wage of €1,750 coupled with an upper limit for incomes, the introduction of a 30-hours working week and an unconditional basic income, significantly more funds for housing, education, social welfare programs, public transport and other public goods.

The party der Wandel (the “change”), founded in 2012, aims to promote progressive-leftist politics as an “alternative to neoliberal delusions.” Central to its manifesto is a transformation of economy, state and society into a future that is more focused on the common good. Led by Fayad Mulla and Dani Platsch, the Wandel’s main aim is to showcase visions for a different society and change the debate – democratizing the economy, stricter regulation of financial markets, more opportunities for the young and the old as well as higher wages are central to its manifesto.

The Wandel wants to open up a path beyond capitalism and for a good life based “on social

security, health, a sound environment, satisfaction at work, and time for relationships, family, and friends.” Uniquely, they also published their 7-page manifesto in English.



Benjamin Wolf
Benjamin studied Journalism, History and International Affairs. After stints with Cafébabel in Paris and Arte in Strasbourg, he is now working as managing editor and COO for Metropole in Vienna. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history.Photo: Visual Hub

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