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Will Austria’s next President split the EU? (28.09.2016 - Philanthropy House, Rue Royale 94, 5th floor, Brussels)


Invitation to Conference


Will Austria’s next President split the EU?


           --------------- MEPs and Experts weigh in----------------


When: Wednesday, 28 September 2016, 10.30 am


Where: Philanthropy House, Rue Royale 94 (5th floor), Brussels


On December 4th 2016 Austria will elect its new Federal President. Again. 


The election has to be repeated after irregularities during the original vote count. In the first ballotthe Greens’ candidate Alexander Van Der Bellen defeated the National Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer by the narrowest of margins (50,35% : 49,65%).

However, Mr. Hofer is now leading in the polls, indicating that there is a chance that the Alpine republic will end up with a president from the right-wing camp, who previously said that he would support a referendum on “Auxit”. 

Will the result of Austrian elections go a step further and deliver the first far-right president in the EU? What would this mean for Europe? 

Doru Frantescu, Director & Founder of VoteWatch Europe, will give a keynote speech about potential consequences of the rise of right-wing populism in Europe (English part of the event), before a renowned panel of Austrian experts weighs in on the topic (held in German). We would therefore like to invite you to this unique event. 


10.45 am Introduction and presentation of findings by

  • Doru Frantescu, Director & Founder of VoteWatch Europe (in English)

Participating in the debate (in German):


  • Ulrike Lunacek (Greens/EFA), Vice-President of the European Parliament
  • Othmar Karas (EPP), Head of Austrian delegation in European People's Party
  • Eugen Freund (S&D), Member of the European Parliament
  • Harald Vilimsky (ENF), Vice-Chair of Europe of Nations and Freedom Group
  • Angelika Mlinar (ALDE/ADLE)Member of the European Parliament


Registration starts at 10.30 am. We kindly ask you to additionally register here until Friday, 23 September 2016.