About: Werner Faymann

Brexit 01-07-2016

Austrian far right gets election defeat annulled

Austria's presidential run-off election must be held again, the country's Constitutional Court ruled on Friday (1 July), handing the Freedom Party's narrowly defeated candidate another chance to become the first far-right head of state in the European Union.

Agrifood 28-06-2016

Austria backs graduated Russia sanctions

Brexit continues to have far-reaching consequences, among which is the potential for normalised relations with Russia. Austria is seeking a leading role in this push. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria on brink of reaching self-imposed refugee limit

Austria's much-admonished annual limit on refugees could be met by mid-August at the current rate of intake. The country has already welcomed over 50% of the 37,500 figure it set for 2016, with an increase in new arrivals predicted for the coming weeks. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Elections 23-05-2016

Austria and EU on tenterhooks, as right-wing extremist has slight lead

Austria and the European Union were on tenterhooks today (23 May) as they waited to see whether Norbert Hofer had won an election runoff to become the bloc's first president from the anti-immigrant extreme right.

Elections 18-05-2016

New Austrian centre-left chancellor will not rule out ties to far-right

Austria's new Chancellor Christian Kern said yesterday (17 May) his Social Democrats (SPO) would prefer to keep governing with conservatives and will not sell their souls just to remain in power, but he did not rule out joining forces one day with the far-right Freedom Party (FPO).

Elections 13-05-2016

Christian Kern to become Austria’s chancellor

The head of Austria's rail operator, Christian Kern, is set to become the country's next chancellor after the other main contender for the post of Social Democratic Party (SPO) leader pulled out of the race and said the whole party backed him.

Elections 10-05-2016

Austria in search of ‘pragmatic’ premier to replace Faymann

Austria's centre-left began today (10 May) the tricky search for a new chancellor as speculation grew that it might take the high-stakes gamble of dropping opposition to a tie-up with the surging far-right.

Elections 09-05-2016

Austrian PM Faymann steps down

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann today (9 May) stepped down as leader of the centrist coalition government and as head of his Social Democratic Party (SPO), two weeks after the SPO suffered a disastrous result in presidential elections.

Elections 03-05-2016

Austrian chancellor faces uncertain future

The political future of Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann could be at risk as his party grows increasingly concerned about the rise of right-wing populism in the country. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Elections 02-05-2016

Austrian Social Democrat PM Faymann booed on May Day

Austria's embattled chancellor was greeted yesterday (1 May) with loud boos as he addressed around 80,000 people in Vienna on May Day, a week after the government's disastrous defeat at the hands of the far-right in a presidential ballot.

Euro & Finance 29-04-2016

Pittella: Hawks are condemning Greece to death

The IMF and German hawks want the patient dead. And they still want a Grexit. But the Socialists say “Non passerano” [they will not pass], Gianni Pittella, leader of the Socialist and Democrats group in the European Parliament, told Euractiv.com in an exclusive interview.

Elections 25-04-2016

Far-right triumphs in first round of Austrian presidential election

Austria's government was licking its wounds after a historic debacle that saw the opposition anti-immigrant far-right triumph yesterday (24 April) in a presidential ballot two years before the next scheduled general election.