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Austrian Green Party

The Austrian Green Party (Die Grünen in German) is a political party in the Austrian parliament.

The party was formed in 1986 with the name Grüne Alternative, from a merger of the rather conservative party Vereinte Grüne Österreichs (VGÖ, founded 1982) and the more progressive party Alternative Liste Österreichs (ALÖ, founded 1983). In 1995 the name was changed to the now official name Die Grünen - Die Grüne Alternative (Grüne).


While procreation of the Austrian Green movement happened in 1978 during the campaign that prevented the start of operation of the nuclear power plant in Zwentendorf (which had been favoured by Bruno Kreisky's government), the hour of birth of the Green Party was in 1984 at the successful sit-in protests that prevented the Danube power plant at Hainburg.

In the 1986 Austrian parliamential elections the Green Party started off with 4,82% of votes, and eight Members of Parliament. In the early elections to national council in 2002, the Green Party nationwide received 9,47% of votes, and 17 Members of National Council.

The Green party also entered the parliaments of Austrian states and communal governments.

Aside of addressing ecological issues the Green Party of today also stands up for the rights of minorities and an ecosocial tax reform.

Among the most notable founding members were Freda Meissner-Blau and Günther Nenning. Today, Green politicians include (in alphabetical order)

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