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How people elect parliaments

Elections highlight role of PR in coalition-building

Overnight election results in Austria and the north German state of Lower Saxony have highlighted the impact of proportional representation systems in forcing political parties to form joint governments. Voting … Continue reading

October 16, 2017 · Leave a comment

Far-right set to influence Austrian government again

Voters in Austria have their turn this Sunday to determine the role of the far-right in yet another European parliament. Historically the nationalist, populist and conservative Freedom Party of Austria … Continue reading

October 14, 2017 · 8 Comments

National parliamentary elections for the remainder of 2017

After a quiet few months, a round of national parliamentary elections starting in coming days will highlight a number of the world’s electoral systems. The election of the Storting of … Continue reading

September 8, 2017 · 1 Comment

Austrian presidential vote was a rejection of major party politics

Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen’s re-win in the re-run of the ballot for President of Austria has calmed European nerves, with his final victory over the far-right Freedom Party’s … Continue reading

December 7, 2016 · Leave a comment

Independent wins Austrian presidency

Independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has been elected as the next President of Austria by a slim 31,000 votes over the anti-immigrant Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer. The result – … Continue reading

May 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Austrian presidential vote a virtual tie

Yesterday’s presidential election in Austria is hanging in the balance, with the leading broadcaster projecting a virtual 50/50 tie. The result will either bring in Europe’s first far-right nationalist elected head of … Continue reading

May 23, 2016 · Leave a comment