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Social Democratic Party of Austria

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Template:Politics of Austria The Social Democratic Party of Austria (Sozialdemokratische Partei sterreichs, SP) is a political party in Austria. It was united in 1889 as Sozialdemokratische Arbeiterpartei sterreichs (SDAP) and is one of the major parties in Austria. It was fairly successful in the 1920s, but its members were persecuted by right-wingers in the early 1930s. Both under the Austro-fascist dictatorship (1934-1938) and during the German occupation of Austria between 1938 and 1945, the SP was banned and persecuted heavily, but after liberation, the Social Democrats became a major political force in post-war Austria.

Currently, it holds the presidency of Austria under Heinz Fischer, and has 69 seats in the Nationalrat and 23 seats in the Bundesrat, making it the second largest party in Austria. It has 9 seats in the European Parliament, the largest party for Austria in the European Parliament.

It is a member of the Party of European Socialists in the European Parliament.

Party chairmen (Parteivorsitzende) since the founding of the Second Republic (1945):

External links

Template:De icon *Official Website (http://www.spoe.at/)

Template:En icon *The Social Democratic Party of Austria (http://www.photoglobe.info/ebooks/austria/cstudies_austria_0137.html) Country Studies - Austriade:Sozialdemokratische Partei sterreichs fr:Sozialdemokratische Partei sterreichs sv:Sozialdemokratische Partei sterreichs uk:Соціал-демократична Партія Австрії

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