Timeline

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1918End of the Habsburg empire.

1920 – New constitution creates Republic of Austria.

1932 – Engelbert Dollfuss becomes chancellor.

1934  – Chancellor Dollfuss dismisses parliament.

1936 – Austria acknowledges itself “a German state”.

1938The Anschluss: German-Austrian unification

1945 – Soviet troops liberate Vienna. Austria occupied by Soviet, British, US and French forces.

1945 – Elections result in People’s Party and Socialist Party coalition; Karl Renner elected president, Leopold Figl becomes chancellor.

1946-47Denazification laws passed. Reconstruction begins.

1955 – Treaty signed by UK, France, US and USSR establishes an independent but neutral Austria; Austria joins United Nations

1970 – Government formed under Chancellor Bruno Kreisky.

1986 – Ex-UN Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim elected president.

1986 – Franz Vranitzky replaces Sinowatz as federal chancellor.

1995Austria joins EU.

1997 – Vranitzky resigns as chancellor and leader of Social Democrats. Finance Minister Viktor Klima takes over both positions.

2000 – Wolfgang Schuessel becomes chancellor with Susanne Riess-Passer as his deputy.

2000  – EU ends seven months of diplomatic isolation after report concludes that it is counterproductive.

2004  – Heinz Fischer elected president.

2008  – New coalition government made up of the centre-left Social Democrats and the conservative People’s Party is sworn in. Werner Faymann becomes chancellor.

2013  – The governing coalition parties win enough votes to form a new government.

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Source: BBC Austria Profile – Timelime (http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-17431408)