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Last Updated: Sunday, 13 June, 2004, 20:46 GMT 21:46 UK
European election : Austria

European election result: Austria (Full)
SEATS: 18
ELECTORATE: 5847605
RESULTS
  MEPs  
  PARTY +/- TOTAL  
  Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs (+ Independent) 1
7
 
  Österreichische Volkspartei 0
6
 
  Die Grünen - Die Grüne Alternative 0
2
 
  Hans-Peter Martin 2
2
 
  Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs -4
1
 
  Others (Austria) 0
0
 


DESCRIPTION: Austria

The opposition Social Democrats performed marginally better than Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel's conservative People's Party, gaining one more seat in the house. Seen as far more significant however, were the losses suffered by the far-right Freedom Party - which prompted uproar in the European Union when it entered the national government in 2000. Its share of the vote slumped dramatically from 23.4% in the last election to 6.4%, losing the party four of the five seats it had previously held. The other surprise of the contest was the success of a list fielded by independent candidate Hans-Peter Martin, an MEP who waged an anti-fraud campaign after being kicked out of his party for exposing what he saw as expenses abuses by his European colleagues.


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