The newly elected People’s Party (ÖVP) leader Michael Spindelegger has swiftly reshuffled the ÖVP ministerial team. Some commentators (and the FPO) are describing the changes in the ÖVP leadership as a shift to the left. The new leader and his team will need to make a rapid impact with the Party’s support now hovering just above 20% in the polls leaving them in third place.
Discussions about the ÖVP remained focused upon whether it can reconnect with urban Austrian or will it become a smaller Party representing its rural core areas. Interestingly some papers have been talking recently about the potential for a new Party to enter the Austrian political landscape as opinion polls suggest that up to 20% of voters could be attracted to a more ‘social liberal’ option. However political scientists are also pointing out that, in smaller numbers, other voters would be attracted to a ‘business Party’ and that another section of the electorate to a more distinctively left learning grouping, in short its sound s as though none of the Parties have a strong appeal beyond their current core support which is generally shrinking – leaving a lot of space for potential political change?
New ÖVP ministerial team summarised in the Austrian Times: