NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum

NEOS – The New Austria
NEOS – Das Neue Österreich
Abbreviation NEOS
Leader 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 none
European Parliament group Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe
Colours Magenta
National Council:
9 / 183
Federal Council:
0 / 62
European Parliament:
1 / 18
State parliaments
7 / 448

NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Forum (German: NEOS – Das Neue Österreich und Liberales Forum) is a liberal[3] political party in Austria.


The party, founded in October 2012,[4] contested the 2013 legislative election on a joint electoral list with the Young Liberals Austria and Liberal Forum.[5][6] In the election held on 29 September 2013, NEOS received 4.9% of the vote and 9 seats in the National Council.[6][7]

On 25 January 2014 NEOS absorbed the Liberal Forum, creating "NEOS - The New Austria and Liberal Forum".[8][9][10] In March 2014, it also absorbed the independent Young Liberals (JuLis), forming the party's youth wing JUNOS – Young liberal NEOS.[11]

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.[12]

Policies and political position

The party supports direct democracy using referenda and the ending of conscription, and opposes increased property taxes and public financing of political parties.[6]



  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.
  3. 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.
  4. "Die "Neos"-Liberalen «". Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  5. "Die Neos: Neue Partei mit grüner Unterstützung «". Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  6. 1 2 3 Tom Lansford (7 April 2014). Political Handbook of the World 2014. SAGE Publications. p. 90. ISBN 978-1-4833-3327-4.
  7. "Österreich - Nationalratswahl 2013". Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  8. "NEOS offiziell mit LIF fusioniert", Kleine Zeitung, 25 January 2014
  9. "Fusion von NEOS und LIF bestätigt",, 25 January 2014
  10. "Liberales Forum and NEOS merge - a strong liberal voice in Austria | ALDE Party". 2014-01-25. Retrieved 2014-07-13.
  11. "JuLis heißen nun JUNOS und sind Teil der NEOS". Der Standard (in German). 22 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2015.
  12. "Österreich - Europawahl 2014". Retrieved 2014-07-13.
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