By Bernd Reinhardt, 14 May 2020
A new staging of Beethoven’s Fidelio is a highlight in these times of lockdown and quarantine.
By Markus Salzmann, 4 May 2020
Despite the continuing spread of COVID-19 throughout Europe, the government has adopted a pioneering “easing policy,” posing a deadly risk for hundreds of thousands of people.
By Markus Salzmann, 13 February 2020
For many years the Green Party presented itself as a left-wing, liberal political alternative. Now in government the party is pressing ahead with an anti-social, authoritarian course.
By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 6 January 2020
The Greens have seamlessly filled the shoes of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ), securing a majority for inhumane, pro-corporate, and law-and-order policies.
By Markus Salzmann, 1 October 2019
Yesterday’s parliamentary elections in Austria resulted in considerable losses for the right-wing extremist Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the social-democratic SPÖ.
By Markus Salzmann, 16 September 2019
The speech delivered by an experienced FPÖ official to a group of several dozen neo-Nazis, shortly before the election, sends a clear signal.
By Markus Salzmann, 15 August 2019
Several opinion polls show the far-right FPÖ and its lead candidate with a clear advantage, while the establishment bourgeois parties are running about equal.
By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 7 June 2019
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen swore in a “government of experts” Monday to run government affairs until new parliamentary elections planned for this autumn.
By Markus Salzmann, 30 May 2019
All of the parties in parliament are engaged in bitter infighting, but there is no avenue within the political system for the working class to assert its own interests.
By Johannes Stern, 24 May 2019
The very same political forces who are now crying foul over far-right Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache bear chief responsibility for the projected entry of a record number of right-wing extremists into the European Parliament.
By Alex Lantier and Johannes Stern, 21 May 2019
The Berlin-Paris axis’s hypocritical opposition to Strache and the far-right is based on their own imperialist agenda.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 April 2019
Clear political and ideological ties exist between the Australian fascist Brenton Tarrant, the Austrian Identitarian movement and the governing Freedom Party.
By Markus Salzmann, 21 November 2018
Metal workers are striking for higher wages and against the tightening of labour laws by the right-wing government.
By Markus Salzmann, 5 July 2018
Last Saturday saw the biggest demonstration in the Austrian capital since the 2003 protests against pension reforms.
By Peter Schwarz, 19 December 2017
Politicians with close ties to the neo-Nazi scene and ultra-right circles now wield power in Austria.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 December 2017
In a country where the ruling class resorted to dictatorship in the early 1930s, and largely backed the 1938 Anschluss with Nazi Germany, the shadow of the past has returned.
By Markus Salzmann, 15 November 2017
At the centre of the government’s programme will be a drastic package of austerity measures and anti-immigrant policies.
By Markus Salzmann, 1 November 2017
Ten days after the Austrian parliamentary elections, the conservative Austrian People’s Party has begun negotiations to form government with the far-right Freedom Party.
By Peter Schwarz, 17 October 2017
The ability of far-right parties to obtain a broader hearing for anti-immigrant and racist policies is the result of the absence of any progressive outlet for social discontent within the political establishment.
By Peter Schwarz, 16 October 2017
The rightward shift in Austria is symptomatic of Europe as a whole. In the Alpine republic, with its close to 9 million residents, the full extent of the rot of bourgeois politics is on display.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 October 2017
The SPÖ’s policy adviser was caught running two fake Facebook pages in a disinformation campaign against the lead candidate of the conservative Austrian People’s Party.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 June 2017
The SPÖ governor of Carinthia, Peter Kaiser, declared: “We are in a situation where the wind is not blowing from the left, but coming from the right.”
By Peter Schwarz, 16 May 2017
On Sunday, the Presidium of the Austrian People’s Party elected 30-year-old Sebastian Kurz as the new party leader, granting him dictatorial powers.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 February 2017
At the centre of the grand coalition’s programme are attacks on refugees and asylum seekers, an easing of labour laws and the abolition of basic democratic rights.
By Markus Salzmann, 5 December 2016
The former chairman of the Austrian Greens, Alexander Van der Bellen, won against Norbert Hofer from the Freedom Party by a large margin.
By Markus Salzmann, 29 November 2016
Just days before the presidential election, the Austrian Social Democratic Party has paved the way for cooperation with the Freedom Party.
By Peter Schwarz, 2 July 2016
The Constitutional Court in Vienna has ruled that the second round of Austria’s presidential election must “be completely re-run throughout Austria.”
By Markus Salzmann, 14 June 2016
Austria’s highest court must decide within four weeks whether the presidential election must be repeated in full, partially, or not at all.
By Peter Schwarz, 24 May 2016
The Austrian presidential election narrowly avoided an outcome in which, for the first time since 1945, an extreme right-wing politician would have entered the highest office in a Western European state.
By Markus Salzmann, 23 May 2016
After the casting of 4.4 million votes, the two candidates are separated by only 3,000, according to projected results.
By Markus Salzmann, 14 May 2016
The self declared “non-political” Christian Kern stands for radical austerity measures and closer collaboration with the far-right FPÖ.
By Markus Salzmann, 10 May 2016
After Faymann’s resignation, the Social Democrats move even closer to the far-right Freedom Party.
By Markus Salzmann, 2 May 2016
The Austrian government has responded to the success of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) in the first round of the presidential election by embracing its far-right politics.
By Peter Schwarz, 27 April 2016
The responsibility for the rise of the far-right lies with the main establishment parties, as well as the trade unions and pseudo-left groups who cover their backs.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 April 2016
The politics and the election campaign of the two government parties, the Social Democratic Party and the conservative People's Party, played into the hands of the FPÖ.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 April 2016
The Austrian government has announced it will turn away refugees at the border after conducting summary hearings.
By Marianne Arens, 26 January 2016
As Europe is firmly in the grip of winter, one government after another is closing its borders.
By Markus Salzmann, 6 October 2015
The Social Democrats were reduced to third strongest political party in Upper Austria, behind the conservative Austrian People’s Party and the far right Austrian Freedom Party.
By Alex Lantier, 7 September 2015
The refugee crisis, the largest since World War II, is rooted in imperialist wars in Syria, Iraq and Ukraine, waged by the United States and its allies in Europe.
By Markus Salzmann, 17 August 2015
Hundreds of refugees, many from the Middle East, have been camped out in searing heat in front of the main refugee centre near Vienna.
By Markus Salzmann, 12 June 2015
Less than a week after elections in the Austrian state of Burgenland, the Social Democrats concluded a coalition agreement with the far-right Freedom Party.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 April 2015
The decision of the Austrian government to no longer pay the debts of banking group HGAA has provoked conflicts in Bavaria.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 February 2015
In the course of the past six months, 50,000 people have fled Kosovo due to catastrophic economic and social conditions.
By Markus Salzmann, 4 June 2014
Compared to 2009, the party led by Christian Strache increased its support by 7 percent and won 19.7 percent of the vote.
By Nick Beams, 3 April 2014
Treasury Secretary Parkinson demands the resetting of “community expectations” on health care and welfare.
By Markus Salzmann, 27 December 2013
The recently elected social democratic-conservative grand coalition has agreed to step up spending cuts and austerity measures.
By Markus Salzmann, 23 November 2013
The Social Democrats and the right-wing Austrian People’s Party have agreed on deep spending cuts, although coalition talks are still ongoing.
By Markus Salzmann, 5 October 2013
Over 30 percent of the electorate in Austria voted for parties of the extreme right.
By Marcus Salzmann, 28 September 2013
Like the recent federal election in Germany, there is little to distinguish between the competing parties in Austria.
By Markus Salzmann, 17 May 2013
In regional elections in Salzburg, the Social Democrats and the Austrian Peoples’ Party recorded the largest loss of support since the Second World War.
By Markus Salzmann, 6 December 2012
Given the increasing economic and social tensions in Austria, Frank Stronach stridently represents the interests of the financial elite and receives the support of business circles.
By Markus Salzmann, 17 August 2012
A series of corruption scandals, mostly involving former right-wing government officials, is currently dominating political life in Austria.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 June 2011
According to a poll conducted in late May, the ultra-right Freedom Party of Austria (FP), led by Heinz-Christian Strache, has the highest level of support in Austria.
By Patrick O’Connor, 21 March 2011
The entire political and media establishment has thrown its support behind the drive to oust the right-wing Gaddafi dictatorship and replace it with a client government amenable to the strategic and economic priorities of US and European imperialism.
By Michael Schneider and Markus Salzmann, 26 January 2011
Caught in a whirlpool of corruption, businessmen and politicians involved in the BayernLB scandal are conspiring to make the working class pay for the state-owned bank’s losses.
By Markus Salzmann, 9 November 2010
At the end of October the Austrian grand coalition adopted a rigid austerity budget which involves massive social cuts.
By Markus Salzmann and Wolfgang Weber, 30 January 2010
A so-called “bad bank” for heavily indebted East European countries had been established in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
By Markus Salzmann and Peter Schwarz, 22 December 2009
A bank scandal in Bavaria reveals the close ties with extreme right-wing forces in Austria.
By Johannes Stern, 25 November 2009
Influential figures in political, business and media circles are seeking to use the political confusion in current student demonstrations to stifle the protests.
By Marius Heuser, 18 November 2009
Austrian students have occupied lecture halls at universities throughout the country to protest against deteriorating conditions and increasing commercialism in the country’s education system.
By Markus Salzmann and Johannes Stern, 7 November 2009
Students in Austria are engaging in strikes and protest actions with the central demand: “More money for education, not the banks and corporations.”
By Markus Salzmann, 3 October 2009
As in neighbouring Germany, the Austrian Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) suffered a historic defeat in recent state elections, receiving just 24.5 percent of the votes cast, its worst showing since 1945.
By Markus Salzmann, 26 September 2009
In the election in the Austrian state of Vorarlberg last Sunday the Socialist Party (SPÖ) obtained its worst result in the history of the post-war Austrian Second Republic.
By Mike Head, 2 July 2009
Warning of continuing “weak” and “fragile” conditions in the Australian and world economy, global financial institutions have insisted that the Rudd government must make deep spending cuts in coming years to pay off mounting debts.
Twenty years after the collapse of Stalinism
By Markus Salzmann, 5 June 2009
Just days before the European elections June 7, representatives from politics and business met in Vienna to celebrate 20 years since the fall of the Stalinist regimes in Eastern Europe.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 March 2009
Extreme-right parties are exploiting the growing political vacuum in Austria. Last weekend’s regional elections ended in a debacle for the social-democratic Austrian Socialist Party (SPÖ).
By Markus Salzmann, 16 October 2008
Jörg Haider, the governor of the Austrian province of Carinthia and chairman of the extreme right Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) died in a car accident in Klagenfurt in the early hours of October 11.
By Markus Salzmann, 3 October 2008
The so-called People’s Parties were given a drubbing in the elections to the Austrian parliament held last weekend, with the conservative People’s Party and the Social Democrats both receiving their worst ever results.
By Markus Salzmann, 18 July 2008
Last week, the vice-chancellor and leader of the conservative People’s Party, William Molterer, announced his party would no longer be collaborating with its coalition partners—the Austrian Social Democratic Party. His statement effectively brought to an end the grand coalition under social democratic chancellor Alfred Gusenbauer after just one and a half years.
By Markus Salzmann, 12 March 2008
Following months of conflict in the Austrian government coalition, a premature end of the coalition between the Social Democrat Party (SPÖ) and the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) seems increasingly likely. A debate has erupted within the SPÖ over how to deal with the extreme right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), with a layer of the social-democratic leadership now favouring a pact with the ultra-rightists.
By our correspondent, 15 June 2007
On Sunday, June 17, the International Students for Social Equality (ISSE) is holding its first-ever meeting in the Austrian capital of Vienna. The meeting offers Austrian readers of the World Socialist Web Site and others an opportunity to discuss a socialist answer to the crisis of global capitalism with representatives of the ISSE.
Militarization and social redistribution of wealth continue
By Dieter Blumenfeld and Markus Salzmann, 24 April 2007
The grand coalition government in Vienna comprising the Austrian Social Democrats (SPÖ) and Austrian Peoples Party (ÖVP) has been in office for 100 days. At the beginning of January, the SPÖ- ÖVP coalition replaced a government made up of the conservative ÖVP and the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ). The FPÖ was itself later replaced by the split-off Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ), led by Jörg Haider.
By Markus Salzmann, 20 January 2007
Three months after the Austrian parliamentary elections in October 2006, a new government has been sworn in. While Social Democrat Alfred Gusenbauer has replaced Wolfgang Schüssel of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) as chancellor, everything otherwise remains the same. Gusenbauer leads a grand coalition that is dominated by the ÖVP and that will consistently pursue the policies of its right-wing predecessor.
By Marcus Salzmann, 13 October 2006
The conservative Austrian People’s Party (APP), led by Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel, suffered its biggest ever losses in national parliamentary elections held last Sunday. It received just 34.2 percent of the vote. This represents a loss for the APP of approximately 8 percent, or over 550,000 votes, compared to the last elections in 2002.
Conservative coalition faces widespread unpopularity
By Markus Salzmann, 29 September 2006
According to recent opinion polls, the outcome of the Austrian National Council elections due to be held October 1 is entirely unpredictable. The current conservative government consisting of a coalition of the Austrian People’s Party (APP) and the Alliance for Austria’s Future (AAF), a splinter group formed by Jörg Haider following a split in the ultra-right Austrian Freedom Party (FP), has recorded virtually unprecedented levels of unpopularity amongst Austrian voters.
By Markus Salzmann, 12 June 2006
A scandal involving the trade union-owned Labour and Economics Bank (Bawag) has revealed the true extent of the rottenness of the Austrian trade union movement. The Austrian trade union federation (OEGB) is currently experiencing the deepest crisis in its more-than-50-year history.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 October 2005
Regional elections in the Austrian states of Styria and Burgenland on October 2 and 9 resulted in a dramatic loss of support for the conservative and extreme-right parties ruling in Vienna—the Austrian People’s Party (APP) and the Alliance for Austria’s Future (AAF), Jörg Haider’s splinter group from the ultra-right Austrian Freedom Party (FP). The federal opposition, the social democratic Austrian Socialist Party (ASP), was able to claim victory in both states.
By Markus Salzmann and Ulrich Rippert, 20 April 2005
Sharp conflicts within the right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FP) have ended in an open split. On April 4, former FP chairman and Carinthian state leader Jörg Haider appeared before the press in Vienna and announced the establishment of a new organisation with the name “Alliance for Austria’s Future” (AAF).
By Markus Salzmann and Ulrich Rippert, 23 March 2004
Just one week after state elections in Carinthia, the southernmost state in Austria, the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) has agreed to form a governing coalition with the extreme-right Freedom Party (FP) led by Jörg Haider.
Following recent local elections
By Markus Salzmann, 19 November 2003
Only weeks after regional elections in Upper Austria, the conservative Austrian Peoples Party (ÖVP) and the Green Party have agreed to form a local coalition government. This decision will accelerate these parties joining forces on a national level.
State elections in Upper Austria and Tyrol
By Markus Salzmann, 25 October 2003
The regional elections in Upper Austria and Tyrol on September 28 were not only another disaster for the right-wing Liberal Party (FP), but also made apparent the widespread rejection of the anti-social policies of right-wing/conservative ÖVP/FP (Austrian Peoples Party, Austrian Freedom Party) coalition government. These were the first elections following the pension cuts carried through by Chancellor Schüssel’s (OVP) government despite mass protests.
Right-wing regime ignores mass protests
By Markus Salzmann, 26 June 2003
In defiance of the largest strike and protest movement in 50 years, the right-wing government of Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel pushed massive cuts in the pension system through the Austrian parliament on June 18.
By Markus Salzmann, 12 May 2003
On May 5, plans by Vienna’s right-wing conservative government to implement drastic cuts in the pension system resulted in the first major political strike in Austria in over 50 years. About half a million people took part in the strike—far more than expected.
By Markus Salzmann, 19 March 2003
It is barely four months since the right-wing Freedom Party (FP) of Jörg Haider received a drubbing in the general election and lost nearly two thirds of its votes. But despite the outcome of the vote, Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel of the Austrian Peoples Party (ÖVP) has formed a new edition of the coalition with the FP.
By Markus Salzmann, 7 January 2003
Following elections in November and the clear victory of the ruling ÖVP (conservative Austrian Peoples Party), Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel has been involved in continuous talks to find a coalition partner for the next four years.
By Markus Salzmann, 30 May 2001
One year since its entry into the Austrian government, the ultra-right Freedom Party is in the midst of a sharp internal crisis.
By Ulrich Rippert, 3 April 2001
The election in the Austrian capital of Vienna, held Sunday, March 25, ended in a debacle for the extreme right Freedom Party (FPÖ). Vienna is both the capital of Austria and constitutionally the country's single most important state.
By Markus Salzmann and Ulrich Rippert, 14 February 2001
When the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) entered into the Vienna government a year ago, it was widely predicted that this step would draw the teeth of Jörg Haider's extreme right-wing party—infamous for its racist propaganda—and rein it in to the system of “democratic responsibility”. One year on, it is clear that precisely the opposite has occurred.
By Markus Salzmann, 24 November 2000
Jörg Haider's Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) had access to secret police data for many years. It used this in order to defame its political opponents and support its own xenophobic campaigns. It obtained access to the data via members of a sympathetic trade union, who were paid for their services. Alongside FPÖ strongman Haider, who also heads the Austrian state of Carinthia, other high-ranking party members are also suspected of having procured data illegally.
By Richard Tyler, 16 November 2000
The terrible fire on the Kaprun funicular railway has exposed a criminal lack of safety procedures. The death toll now stands at 158. It is believed that 155 died in the tunnel. Poisonous fumes that poured out at the mountain top station engulfed three more.
By Marcus Salzmann, 31 October 2000
The results of the Steiermark (Styria) Province parliamentary elections have triggered a crisis in the Austrian federal government and within Jörg Haider's Freedom Party.
By Markus Salzman, 16 September 2000
On May 19 Imre B., a 35-year-old immigrant from Yugoslavia, was shot and killed by a police officer in the Vienna suburb of Penzing. Together with his companion Lajos S., Imre B. was stopped in his car by police officers in the course of a drug raid. Responding to the officers' demands, the two unarmed men raised their arms, whereupon Imre B. was shot down. No trace of drugs was found either in the car or on the persons of the two men.
A blank cheque for Jörg Haider
By Ulrich Rippert, 15 September 2000
The 14 European Union governments lifted their sanctions against Austria on September 12.
By Markus Salzmann, 5 May 2000
The Austrian government formed by the conservative People's Party ( Volkspartei —ÖVP) and Jörg Haider's right-wing Freedom Party ( Freiheitliche Partei —FPÖ) is continuing the dismantling of the welfare system undertaken over the past 13 years by the previous coalition government run by the ÖVP and the Social Democrats (SPÖ).
By Terry Cook, 27 February 1998
Encouraged by the acquiescence of the trade union movement, the National Farmers Federation (NFF) has successfully begun training a strike-breaking force of scabs at Melbourne's Webb Dock, in the middle of Australia's largest industrial port.