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European Parliament election 2009

At the European Parliament election of 7 June 2009, Andreas Mölzer was the FPÖ’s lead party candidate. The Freedom Party achieved 12.70 per cent of the vote (+6.4 percentage points) and two seats (+2).

The two governing parties, the SPÖ and ÖVP, suffered significant losses, as did the Greens. Conversely, the Martin list, which had been represented in the European Parliament since 2004, was able to make gains. Initially, the BZÖ failed to obtain a European Parliament seat, but following subsequent shifts within the European Parliament, it was awarded one in 2011. 

Brief description of the election campaign

Andreas Mölzer, an FPÖ MEP and the party’s lead candidate, was able to use the stable position which the federal party enjoyed within Austria to establish contacts at the European level with like-minded parties and groups. In 2007, the FPÖ thus for the first time joined an appropriate European Parliament Group. Although that Group later fell apart, this was an essential first step towards the Freedom Party establishing an enduring network in Europe.

The election campaign was characterised as a day of judgement (“Tag der Abrechnung“), and posters depicted not only Andreas Mölzer, but also Heinz-Christian Strache. Slogans included “Echte Volksvertreter statt EU-Verräter”, or “Für Österreich da – statt für EU & Finanzmafia”. The campaign was largely designed by FPÖ General Secretary Herbert Kickl.

Parties

Votes

Vote share 2009

±

Seats 2009

±

ÖVP

858,921

30.0%

-2.7%

6

±0

SPÖ

680,041

23.7%

+9.6%

4

-3

MARTIN

506,092

17.7%

+3.7%

3

+1

FPÖ

364,207

12.7%

+6.4%

2

+1

GRÜNE

284,505

9.9%

-3.0%

2

±0

BZÖ

131,261

4.6%

+4.6%

0

±0

JuLis

20,668

0.7%

+0.7%

0

±0

Election result and impact

The two seats went to Andreas Mölzer and Andreas Obermayr. The Freedom Party was strengthened by the election and was subsequently able to pursue the creation of a right-wing Group within the European Parliament. Its key partner parties included the French National Front, the Italian Lega Nord and the Belgian Vlaams Belang.

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Europawahl_in_Österreich_2009

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