German-speaking European country of roughly 8.5 million people; NATO, EU and eurozone member. Landlocked, bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The capital Vienna is also the federal republic's most populous city, with more than 1.8 million residents excluding the suburbs. The mountainous country in the Alps is divided into nine states (Bundesländer). This page collates DW's latest content related to Austria.
Elections in Italy and Austria have shown the power of populist tactics to gain votes. Does this spell the end to social democracy as we know it? Dirk Schümer is Europe Correspondent for Die Welt, based in Venice. Emma Wallis asked him first what he thought about the Austrian election results and whether van der Bellen's victory means that the tide is turning back towards established parties?
Austrians were at the polls last Sunday and were perhaps guaranteed to deliver a surprise whatever the result. The winner would either be the EU’s first far right head-of-state or first Green President. As it turns out it is the former Green party leader, Alexander Van der Bellen, who will take up post. Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna on an election watched in all European capitals.