Austria, the Beer Party booms in votes: it is third in the presidential elections

Stand-up comedian Dominik Wlazny, leader of the satirical movement Bierpartei, took an incredible third place in the elections, behind current president Alexander Van Der Bellen and Walter Rosenkranz, a far-right candidate

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The program is simple but apparently convincing: fight without quarter against the drinkers of 'radler', the scandalous drink half lemonade and half beer and a barrel of beer instead of the usual boring subsidies distributed to the less well-off. Two  points that convinced 8.4 of the Austrians to vote Dominik Wlazny , aka Marco Pogo, founder and leader of the Beer Party. An astonishing result if you consider that the candidate for president of this movement born as a joke finished in third place in the elections, surpassed only by the current president Alexander Van Der Bellen and by Walter Rosenkranz, the party representative national-conservative Fpo.

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BORN FOR JOKE – The Beer Party actually, as Dominik Wlazny himself admits, who after graduating in medicine preferred to devote himself to cabaret and music, founding the satirical group Turbobier, was born in 2015 as an artistic project, to launch the single Die Bierpartei, one of the songs from the group's first album. The proposals of what defines itself as a 'birrocratic movement' are, at least in intentions, purely humorous, such as the establishment of a 'birrocracy' based on the freedom of choice of beers to drink, an introduction of attitudinals for politicians and the construction of a beer fountain in the center of Vienna.

THE ITALIAN ANCESTOR - The presence of strange parties on the electoral lists is certainly not unique to Vienna. Even in the recent Italian elections to the Viminale offices, 101 parties asked to be included on the ballot papers, and among these the Madness Party, the Action Poets Party and Cirillo Follia's Creative Madness Party. However, what made the difference was the success achieved by the Austrian Beer Party, which in some cities, such as Vienna, came second in terms of votes. Perhaps, if we really have to look for a noble father (so to speak) we need to go back to the early years of the second post-war period, when the Fronte dell'Uomo Anybody, founded by the journalist and playwright Guglielmo Giannini, achieved some success in Italy, to whom if nothing else we owe a word, 'qualunquismo', which is proving to be increasingly useful.



Source: oggi.it