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Austria

New MEPs: 21

 Group*  Party  MEPs
 Socialist  Soc Dem  7
 Centre-Right  People's  7
 Liberal    0
 Green  Green  2
 United Left    0
 Far Right  Freedom  5
 Independent    0
*key


Voting System
Electors vote for national lists, but may express preference for individuals on those lists.

Seats allocated by the d'Hondt method according to number of votes won. Parties need 4% of the total vote to win a seat.


Main Parties:
  Green Party
  People's Party
  Social Democrats
 

Reports  

Austria

The governing Social Democratic Party came out of the European elections on top.

The party gained 31.74%, of the vote, increasing its share by just over 2%, and giving it an extra seat.

The minor coalition partner, the conservative Austrian People's Party, kept its seven seats, scoring 30.64%

The populist Freedom Party slumped by 4% to 23.48%, losing one seat.

Actress Mercedes Echerer will be making her way to Strasbourg for the Greens. She won her party's second seat - they won 9.25% of the vote.

The election campaign had been dominated by a debate over Austria's continued neutral status, with the voters seeming to shy away from those parties which back joining Nato.

Many analysts are seeing the election as a dry-run for October's general election.
 

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