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JETZT – Pilz List

JETZT – Liste Pilz
AbbreviationJETZT
ChairwomanMaria Stern
Deputy chairmanPeter Pilz
Parliamentary leaderBruno Rossmann and Wolfgang Zinggl
FounderPeter Pilz
Founded26 July 2017
Split fromThe Greens – The Green Alternative
HeadquartersVienna
IdeologyLeft-wing populism[1]
Green politics[2]
Political positionCentre-left[3][4] to left-wing[5]
ColoursTransparent
National Council
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Federal Council
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Governorships
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State cabinets
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State diets
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European Parliament
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Website
partei.jetzt

JETZT – Pilz List (German: JETZT – Liste Pilz, "jetzt" meaning "now"), formerly known as Peter Pilz List (Liste Peter Pilz), is a green[2] left-wing populist[6] political party in Austria. The party was founded by the former Green parliamentarian Peter Pilz, and took part in the 2017 legislative election, winning 8 seats. However, the party lost its parliamentary status after failing to pass the electoral threshold in the 2019 legislative election.

History

Pilz resigned from The Greens after he had failed to win a vote for his desired fourth place on the party's list for the upcoming national parliamentary election at the party's federal congress and later declined a candidacy for the sixth place on the list. Subsequently, Pilz formed his own electoral list.

A separate party programme is not planned, but candidates appearing on the list represent "people the programme". Peter Pilz claimed that the wants to fight right-wing extremism but also Islamic fundamentalism. Pilz announced as the first candidates in his list the musician and activist Maria Stern, lawyer and consumer protectionist Peter Kolba, former Social Democratic Party of Austria (SPÖ) politician and animal protectionist Sebastian Bohrn-Mena, entrepreneur Stephanie Cox and lawyer Alfred J. Noll. On 28 July 2017, Green deputies Wolfgang Zinggl and Bruno Rossmann as well as the SPÖ deputy Daniela Holzinger-Vogtenhuber formally left their parties to join the Peter Pilz List. The three want to allow the list to be nominated by the National Council. On 4 August 2017, Renée Schroeder and Hannes Werthner were announced as candidates. They want to engage in the field of science policy. On 18 August 2017 two new candidates were introduced to the nursing sector with the care assistant Teresa Roscher for the care sector and the lawyer Alma Zadic. Up to this date, €200,000 have been collected, of which €98,000 were from Alfred J. Noll and €20,000 from Renée Schroeder. The remaining €82,000 came from small donations.

On 26 July 2017, the statutes of the political party were deposited with the Federal Ministry of the Interior. The political party, including Peter Pilz, has four members in the National Council. Further recordings are not planned as well as formal activities beyond formal board meetings. According to Peter Pilz, "there will be no party foundations in practice". One reason for the founding of the political party was that a pure electoral party can not refer to a party sponsorship needed to establish a platform for citizens' participation. At the same time, Pilz has demanded a reduction in Austrian party support. Pilz would like to finance the election campaign by crowdfunding.

On 4 November 2017, Pilz resigned his seat in Parliament amid sexual assault allegations.[7]

In the 2019 legislative election, they lost all of their eight seats while their rivals, the Greens, made a comeback, along with retaking their previous seats.

Election results

In 2017, the Pilz List won 8 seats with just over 4% of the vote, beating the Greens who failed to pass the 4% threshold and subsequently lost all of their seats.

In 2019, the JETZT List failed to pass the 4% threshold and lost their seats.

National Council of Austria
Election year # of total votes % of overall vote # of seats Government
2017 223,543 (5th) 4.4
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Opposition
2019 89.169 (6th) 1.9
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Extra-parliamentary

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References

  1. ^ Karl Oberascher (27 June 2017). "Welche Chancen hätte eine "Liste Peter Pilz"?". Kurier. Retrieved 28 October 2017.
  2. ^ a b Nordsieck, Wolfram (2019). "Austria". Parties and Elections in Europe. Archived from the original on 2019-10-01.
  3. ^ "Candidates, citizens head to polls in Austria's early legislative elections". EFE. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Austria- a return of the People's Party (ÖVP) - Liberal Party (FPÖ) coalition?". The Robert Schuman Foundation. 18 September 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  5. ^ "Austria". Center for Strategic and International Studies. 15 October 2017. Retrieved 5 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Die Pilz-Partei: Linke Liste mit Islamismus-Kritik". Die Presse (in German). 2017-06-29. Retrieved 2019-04-27.
  7. ^ "Austrian politician resigns amid sexual harassment claims". Associated Press. 4 November 2017.