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President

Chancellor

Alexander Van der Bellen (independent, from January 2017)

Christian Kern (Social Democratic Party, from May 2016)

Population 8,725,931
Size 83,879 km2 (32,385.86 sq mi)
MEPs 18 (joined the EU in 1995)
Next presidential election

Next legislative election

2020

September 2018

Presidency of the Council July – December 2018
Last meeting with Theresa May None held to date
Brexit priorities Austria has joined the UK in its stance on EU immigration, as Chancellor Kern proposed a law to favour Austrians over foreign nationals when applying for jobs. He has also been clear in the past however that he will not be calling for a vote on EU membership.
What Chancellor Kern said on Brexit 18 June 2016

“Whatever the outcome of the British referendum, afterwards Europe will not be able to shy away from a few much-needed debates.”

30 June 2016

“I think it was crystal clear what the consequences for Great Britain are: This is a big mess, an enormous damage, and so I don’t think that Great Britain will become a role model.”

27 September 2016

So, there’s too much regulation in Brussels, the institutions work themselves to death in largely opaque decision-making processes, the balance of power among member states, Commission, Council and Parliament is badly calibrated – all of that is true but not the core of the problem.

29 March 2017

“For me, the status and rights of around 25,000 Austrians living and working in the UK are at the forefront.” We also want to achieve clarity and legal certainty for Austrian companies operating in the UK. 

Austria’s priorities Chancellor Kern seeks to adopt measures to curb immigration to Austria and has taken a clear position is questioning Turkey’s future membership of the EU.

Kern will want to secure his position in power at the next election and keep the Freedom Party out of power.

Furthermore, the Government has a 10-year reform plan that focuses on job creation, economic growth and education.

The refugee crisis has also had a significant impact on the country.

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