The ÖVP is the major winner of the EU election. According to trend forecasts, the ruling party under top candidate Othmar Karas, a massive increase can be expected and a result of 34.5 percent (plus 7.5 percentage points) which would be a record in European elections. For the SPÖ (23.5%) and the FPÖ (17.5%), (slight) changes into a minus. The Greens and NEOS can cheer, the list JETZT does not make its entry into the European Parliament. Voter turnout was high in the wake of the Ibiza affair and the threat of a motion of no confidence against Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz. The preliminary final result is confirmed at 11 pm – at the EU-wide end of the election.
ÖVP: result of the trend prognosis even over success with national council election
The forecast of 6.45 pm of ARGE Wahlen, SORA and Peter Hajek for APA, ORF and ATV means a significant increase for the ÖVP as compared to their result of 2014, when they reached 26.98 percent. The ÖVP was able to benefit from the recent domestic turbulence and is also clearly above its last National Assembly election result of 31.47 percent. The SPÖ was in the last EU election to 24.09 percent. The FPÖ lost slightly less than its result of 19.72 percent in 2014.
NEOS still in the EU Parliament, Greens with a clear sign of life
The NEOS hold their result of 8.14 percent roughly. The Greens, who had scored their nationwide record 14.52 percent in 2014, lost a bit – but after being knocked out in the 2017 parliamentary elections, they managed to get into the EU Parliament with a forecast of 13.5 percent.
Schieder: “SPÖ not so far for first place”
Despite all the jubilation, SPÖ top candidate Andreas Schieder was received by his supporters in the marquee in Vienna’s Löwelstraße. The SPÖ is for the first place; a goal which “we donot attain yet”, but we will continue to work on it. It was important “that we do not tricked, but simply follow our heart,” he commented on the behaviour to the ÖVP.
Rendi-Wagner: “Country must not become the plaything of a single person”
SPÖ leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner attended the party tent to mobilize people for the forthcoming National Assembly election. She identified Chancellor and ÖVP leader Sebastian Kurz as her opponent. “This country can not become the play ground of a single person,” she shouted to her supporters. The EU election is over, and one could possibly still hold the result of 2014, she hoped for the actual count results, which were not available at that moment.
FPÖ’s top candidate Vilimsky is “more than satisfied”
The FPÖ is more than satisfied with slight losses in the EU election after the Ibiza affair. “This shows how high our voter potential is,” said top candidate and Secretary General Harald Vilimsky. He saw in a first reaction, no reason to cancel the vote of no confidence against PM on Monday because of a strong ÖVP performance.
A burst of joy in the Greens, the prospect of a third mandate
At the election party of the Greens in the Vienna Metropol was cheered. The first trend forecast with a two-digit result for the Greens and the prospect of three mandates after the Brexit tore the initially cautious celebration to bursting cheers.
Gamon enjoys “very successful performance” of the NEOS
NEOS general secretary Nick Donig sees the result of his party in spite of the stagnation positive: “We are pleased that we could convince with such a clear election campaign, such a clear message eight percent.” The deputy club chairman Niki Scherak described it as a “great result” , Top candidate Claudia Gamon said she could “not say it was a pity we would not enter into double figure,” but she was pleased with her party’s “very successful” performance.
Domestic political turbulence brought more voters to the polling stations
The domestic turmoil of last week had a quite surprising effect, which apparently did not scare the voters off, but brought them in more number to the polling boths. The participation was for the first time since 1996 – well over 50 percent again, with up to 60 percent. The estimated 580,000 postal votes will not be counted until Monday.__Krone.at