Hardworking postal voters However, the postal voters were hardworking: By Friday, around 80 percent of the requested voting cards had returned to the electoral authorities.

Hardworking postal voters However, the postal voters were hardworking: By Friday, around 80 percent of the requested voting cards had returned to the electoral authorities.

Hardworking postal voters

However, the postal voters were busy: By Friday, around 80 percent of the requested voting cards had returned to the electoral authorities. For this, however, a third fewer voting cards were requested than for the National Council election.

ÖVP at last election before SPÖ

In the last EU election on June 7, 2009, the ÖVP was clearly in first place with 29.98 percent – ahead of the SPÖ with 23.74 percent, which then suffered a drop of almost ten percentage points. The FPÖ then grew strongly and came to 12.71 percent, the Greens with slight losses to 9.93 percent. At 4.58 percent, the BZÖ only entered the EU Parliament when the Lisbon Treaty came into force in 2011. Hans-Peter Martin’s list, which was no longer running this time, defended third place with 17.67 percent – theoretically, a large piece of the cake should have to be distributed.

The new”

The NEOS, which had just been founded before the last National Council election, did not run. The newly founded electoral alliance Europa Anders (from KPÖ, Piraten and “Der Wandel”) is trying its luck for the first time this year. The KPÖ won 0.66 percent in the last EU election. Ewald Stadler’s REKOS and EU-Stopp lists are also being used for the first time in this poll.

Voting possible until 5 p.m.

The last polling stations close at 5 p.m., in Vienna all polling stations are open that long. From this point on, the first projections will be published. Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner will not announce the preliminary final result until 11 p.m., as no overall results may be announced before the election deadline in Italy. However, the APA will publish an “unofficial” final result around 8 p.m.

Overall result on Monday

The final overall result will not be known until Monday, when the postal vote and the voting cards given in foreign constituencies have also been counted.

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Frustrated Sun May 25th. 2014 16:25

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Yeah, exactly! The weather is keeping me from voting. And nothing else, Ly off.

Sun., May 25th. 2014 15:28

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I didn’t vote either, strictly following the FPÖ’s advertising slogan: “Austria is rethinking, too much EU is stupid!” I give myself up in the vain hope that the parliamentarians will finally see that they are not elected by the people. The parliamentary seats should be reduced according to the turnout. Their salaries could be donated to flood victims in Croatia.

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Don’t blame the weather for the low turnout. The problem is the colorless representatives of the people who want to secure a place at the Brussels feeding trough.

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The Austrian top candidates for the

EU election

gave their votes in the morning. It all started with Angelika Mlinar for NEOS, the last to vote for the ÖVP was Othmar Karas and for the Greens Ulrike Lunacek.

There was no excitement in the votes. Only the cabaret artists “Die Staatskünstler” consisting of Robert Palfrader, Thomas Maurer and Florian Scheuba formed a splash of color. The trio tried more (with Othmar Karas) or less (with Eugen Freund) successfully to capture interviews with the top candidates.

© APA / Techt Scheuba, Maurer and Palfrader try to interview a friend

Vilimsky kept family out

Both Karas and Freund appeared at the polling station, accompanied by their wives, the VP man being the only top candidate of a promising party with a tie. The liberal list leader Harald Vilimsky, like the whole election campaign, kept his family out. Mlinar came with her team, Lunacek was accompanied by her partner. Incidentally, the green front woman also had a heart for sport on election day. Lunacek hit the start gong at the Vienna Women’s Run and immediately appealed to the athletes to turn towards the polling station after crossing the finish line.

Outsiders at home

While the top candidates of those parties that are expected to enter the European Parliament all cast their votes in Vienna, the hopeful outsiders stayed in their home states. Martin Ehrenhauser from “Europa anders” voted in Leonding, the first on the BZÖ list Angelika Werthmann in Salzburg and REKOS top candidate Ewald Stadler in Etsdorf.

© APA / Rubra Martin Ehrenhauser in his home town of Leonding

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Jean-Claude Juncker was elected as the new Commission President by the EU Parliament on Tuesday with a clear majority. EU Parliament President Martin Schulz announced at the meeting in Strasbourg that afternoon that Juncker had received 422 votes. 250 MPs voted against him.

Schulz said that with the election of the Luxembourg ex-Prime Minister as EU Commission President, a “historic process” had been concluded. The result was a “fundamental change in direction in the structures of the EU”.

For the first time in the history of the EU, with the election of the Luxembourgers, the

Result of the European elections

in which Juncker, as the top candidate of the conservative European People’s Party (EPP), had the best result. While there was resistance among the heads of state and government to the controversial procedure of the Spitzenkandidaten, several groups in the European Parliament insisted on the process.

No information on new commission

The newly elected Commission President avoided specific answers to questions about what the future EU Commission would look like on Tuesday. In any case, “I am desperately waiting for a sufficiently large number of female applications” for the commission to be formed, he said in Strasbourg. He also pointed out that the new EU foreign affairs representative “will not only come about through a decision by the heads of state or government, but also with the consent of the Commission President”. Juncker had previously called for a strong and experienced EU foreign representative in his speech in the EU Parliament.

In the European Parliament on Tuesday, Juncker also called for greater flexibility in the Stability and Growth Pact. “We will not change the main features of the pact, Europe must not break its promises. But in the future we will make greater use of the flexibility margins,” said Juncker. The longtime head of the Eurogroup defended the approach to the debt crisis of recent years. “It was like a burning airplane that we had to fix in flight.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel congratulated Juncker and sees his election as “a good sign for Europe’s ability to act”, as she told him Croatian Dubrovnik.

Congratulations from Austria

Austrian politicians also congratulated Juncker. Federal Chancellor and SPÖ boss Werner Faymann praised him in a broadcast as a “committed European”. For the SPÖ delegation heads in the EU Parliament, Jörg Leichtfried and Evelyn Regner, he is “not a dream candidate”, but appears to be “credible in the fight against wage and social dumping”. ÖVP boss, vice chancellor and finance minister Michael Spindelegger sees Juncker’s election “setting the course for a successful consolidation policy”. The Head of Delegation of the Greens in the EU Parliament, Ulrike Lunacek, expects him to “implement the promises he made today for a more social, transparent and ecological Europe”.

The EU heads of state and government will meet in Brussels on Wednesday to discuss filling other top positions. A decision is expected on the successor to the British external representative Catherine Ashton. It is uncertain whether the successor to the EU Council President Herman Van Rompuy will already be settled.

Scramble for EU “foreign ministers”

The post of external representative is prestigious and influential. The 41-year-old Italian Foreign Minister Federica Mogherini is traded as the candidate. What speaks against her, however, is that she has only been in office for a few months. After some speculation in Brussels, the current Commissioner for Humanitarian Aid, Bulgarian Kristalina Georgiewa, could come into play. According to Bulgarian media reports, Sofia only wants to nominate her again for the commission if Juncker nominates her as Ashton’s successor.

The 59-year-old Luxembourgish Christian Democrat will succeed Jose Manuel Barroso and will head the EU authority from November. Juncker can now name the individual candidates for his new commission. Austria has recently nominated Regional Commissioner Johannes Hahn (ÖVP) as a candidate.

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the Central Matura is hotly debated

, A new topic is now being discussed: around three quarters of the AHS directors are in favor of Turkish as a foreign language Matura subject and the introduction of Turkish teaching at an Austrian university. This is shown in a survey conducted by the human rights organization SOS Mitmensch among 50 school principals.

36 of the 50 directors (72 percent) advocated Turkish as a Matura subject, 38 (76 percent) for teaching Turkish. Looking at the federal states, there was only in Carinthia no majority in favor of a Turkish Matura (three directors for, three against).

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  • No. Much more emphasis should be placed on German than on foreign languages.
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Extension of the foreign language curriculum

Most principals believe that expanding the foreign language curriculum will have a positive effect on the grammar and vocabulary of the youth. In addition, a good command of the mother tongue is a prerequisite for learning other languages. A Turkish Matura also creates an incentive for higher education. The counter-arguments cited were the insufficient importance of Turkish and the difficulty of anchoring a new language in the organizational structure of schools. Only three directors feared the encapsulation of students.

No release of German and English

For SOS Mitmensch spokesman Alexander Pollak, the results of the survey are “much clearer than expected”. Particularly in schools with a high proportion of Turkish-speaking students, there is a great deal of openness to encourage and fully utilize the potential of young people. “In order to prevent any misunderstandings in advance: Not a single student should be released from learning German and English. It is all about giving the students the chance to deepen their native language skills, which are often only colloquial, and to bring them up to the foreign language school-leaving certificate.”

Turkish Matura is currently only an attempt at school

In contrast to other migrant languages ​​such as Russian, Polish or Bosnian-Croatian-Serbian, a Turkish Matura is currently only available as an attempt at school at the Henriettenplatz evening high school in Vienna-Rudolfsheim-Fünfhaus. According to Statistics Austria, a total of 6,300 pupils in upper school classes at schools with high school diplomas (AHS, Berufsbildende Höhere Schule / BHS) speak Turkish as well as German.

Mikl-Leitner has no problem with foreign language subjects

Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) can imagine Turkish as a foreign language Matura subject. She said that to journalists on Wednesday before the Council of Ministers. “If you learn it as a foreign language subject, I have no problem with it,” said the minister.

For Mikl-Leitner, on the other hand, it would be inconceivable to graduate in Turkish instead of German, i.e. to replace the Matura subject German or to take the Matura entirely in Turkish. The ÖVP’s integration approach that German has absolute priority continues to apply here.

FPÖ: “slap in the face”

For the FPÖ, on the other hand, Turkish as a Matura subject would be “a slap in the face of any integration effort”. This would not make it easier for pupils with a Turkish mother tongue to gain access to education, but rather dilute the school leaving examination, according to FPÖ education spokesman Walter Rosenkranz in a broadcast. “If Turkish were to be introduced as a Matura subject, the level of grammar schools and other schools leading to a Matura would suffer greatly.”

The economy for integration association, however, supports the demand for a Turkish Matura: “Why should French or Latin be worth more than Bosnian / Croatian / Serbian, Polish or Turkish?”, It said in a broadcast.

Spindelegger is not enthusiastic

“Just because Erdogan (Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip, note) is coming to Austria doesn’t mean we need to be forced into any kind of discussion,” said Spindelegger in the press foyer after the Council of Ministers. Federal Chancellor Werner Faymann (SPÖ) did not want to go into the subject. “When it comes to teaching subjects, I leave the public suggestions to my minister responsible.”

Briefly open

Briefly pointed out that you can already choose from ten different languages ​​as a second living foreign language for the Matura. “I don’t think it’s a problem to have an offer,” he said of Turkish. For integration, however, this is “not an issue that is really of great importance”.