Report9 October 2017Updated one year ago

Austrian elections: All good things come in fours

Austria will go to the polls for the fourth time in 18 months this weekend. Will the last Eurozone election of the year finally bring a turbulent political year to a close?

Executive summary

Austria's election on 15 October has not been on Europe's radar screen so far. However, the country could become (once again) the first core European country with a populist party in government.

With the economy running smoothly and in healthy condition, the focus of the election campaign has shifted to social equity, tax reliefs and the ongoing migration crisis.

In this report, Inga Fechner, ING's Economist for Austria asks will the last Eurozone election of the year set a precedent for the entire region?