NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum

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NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum
NEOS - Das Neue Österreich und Liberales Forum
Abbreviation NEOS
Chairman Matthias Strolz
Founded 27 October 2012 (2012-10-27)
Headquarters Vienna
Youth wing JUNOS – Young liberal NEOS
Ideology Liberalism[1]
Political position Centre
European affiliation Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
International affiliation Liberal International (observer)[3]
European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours      Pink
National Council:
10 / 183
Federal Council:
0 / 62
European Parliament:
1 / 18
State parliaments
7 / 440

NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum (German: NEOS – Das Neue Österreich und Liberales Forum) is a liberal[4] political party in Austria.


The party, founded in October 2012,[5] contested the 2013 legislative election on a joint electoral list with the Young Liberals Austria and Liberal Forum.[6][7] In the election held on 29 September 2013, NEOS received 4.9% of the vote and 9 seats in the National Council.[7][8]

On 25 January 2014 NEOS absorbed the Liberal Forum, creating "NEOS - The New Austria and Liberal Forum".[9][10][11] In March 2014, it also absorbed the independent Young Liberals (JuLis), forming the party's youth wing JUNOS – Young liberal NEOS.[12]

NEOS became a full member of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) on 2 May 2014.

In the 2014 European elections held on 25 May 2014, the party received 8.1% of the national vote, and returned a single Member of the European Parliament.[13]

Policies and political position

The party supports more direct democracy using referenda and the ending of conscription, opposes increased property taxes and public financing of political parties.[7]



  1. ^ Parties and Elections in Europe: The database about parliamentary elections and political parties in Europe, by Wolfram Nordsieck
  2. ^ "Austria's Freedom Party sees vote rise". BBC News. 25 May 2014. Retrieved 25 May 2014. 
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  4. ^ Oliver Gruber (2014). Campaigning in Radical Right Heartland: The politicization of immigration and ethnic relations in Austrian general elections, 1971-2013. LIT Verlag Münster. p. 83. ISBN 978-3-643-90517-8. 
  5. ^ "Die "Neos"-Liberalen «". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  6. ^ "Die Neos: Neue Partei mit grüner Unterstützung «". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  7. ^ a b c Tom Lansford (7 April 2014). Political Handbook of the World 2014. SAGE Publications. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-4833-3327-4. 
  8. ^ "Österreich - Nationalratswahl 2013". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  9. ^ "NEOS offiziell mit LIF fusioniert", Kleine Zeitung, 25 January 2014 
  10. ^ "Fusion von NEOS und LIF bestätigt",, 25 January 2014 
  11. ^ "Liberales Forum and NEOS merge - a strong liberal voice in Austria | ALDE Party". 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-07-13. 
  12. ^ "JuLis heißen nun JUNOS und sind Teil der NEOS". Der Standard (in German). 22 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015. 
  13. ^ "Österreich - Europawahl 2014". Retrieved 2014-07-13. 

External links

  • Media related to NEOS – Das Neue Österreich und Liberales Forum at Wikimedia Commons
  • Official website
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