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Austria’s parliamentary elections, held on 29 September, have produced no clear winner.

The two parties in the current ruling ‘grand coalition’ – the centre-left Social Democrats (SPÖ, led by the current Chancellor, Werner Faymann, pictured) and the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) – saw their representations fall but are still in a position to renew their pact.

However, the ÖVP is also exploring the possibility of a right-wing coalition, especially given that the Freedom Party (FPÖ) saw a leap in its representation, allowing it to strengthen its position as the third force in Austrian politics.

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