The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), led by former Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has emerged the winner in snap parliamentary elections in Austria Sunday. The conservatives won 38.4% of the vote, up from 31% at the last election in 2017, thoroughly beating the Social Democrats, which only managed 21.5%.
“Enough is enough!” Those were all the words necessary Saturday for Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to explain why he was taking the country to early elections. His center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) would be pulling out of a governing coalition with the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). “I am not in politics to hold this office,” the Chancellor said in his announcement, “but to work for our beautiful country.” The President, Alexander Van der Bellen, has not yet set a date for the election, but condemned the “bold disrespect to the citizens of our country” which precipitated it.