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The Greens – The Green Alternative

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The Greens – The Green Alternative (German: Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative, pronounced [diː ˈɡʁyːnən diː ˈɡʁyːnə ˌaltɛʁnaˈtiːvə]) is a green political party in Austria.[1][8]

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The Greens – The Green Alternative
Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative
SpokesmanWerner Kogler
Managing directorAngela Stoytchev
Founded1993 (Die Grünen)
1986 (Merger of Vereinte Grüne Österreichs and Alternative Liste Österreich)
HeadquartersLindengasse 40
A-1070 Vienna
Youth wingYoung Greens (2010-2017)
IdeologyGreen politics[1]
Political positionCentre-left[6] to left-wing[7]
European affiliationEuropean Green Party
International affiliationGlobal Greens
European Parliament groupGreens–European Free Alliance
Colours  Green
National Council
26 / 183
Federal Council
5 / 61
0 / 9
State cabinets
4 / 9
State diets
48 / 440
European Parliament
3 / 19
Party flag
Flag of The Greens – The Green Alternative

The party was founded in 1986 under the name "Green Alternative" (Grüne Alternative), following the merger of the more conservative Green party Vereinte Grüne Österreichs (United Greens of Austria VGÖ, founded 1982) and the more progressive party Alternative Liste Österreichs (Alternative List Austria, ALÖ, founded 1982). Since 1993, the party has carried the official name Die Grünen – Die Grüne Alternative (Grüne), but refers to itself in English as "Austrian Greens". There are still differences between the former members of the old Alternative and VGÖ factions within the party, reflected in the differing approaches of the national and state parties.

Apart from ecological issues such as environmental protection, the Greens also campaign for the rights of minorities and advocate a socio-ecological (ökosozial) tax reform. Their basic values according to their charter in 2001 are: "direct democracy, nonviolence, ecology, solidarity, feminism and self-determination".[2] The party is a member of the European Green Party and Global Greens.