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On 4 February 2000, the new coalition government assumed power, with the ÖVP (‘Blacks’) responsible for running the political portfolios, and the FPÖ (‘Blues’) managing financial and social issues. Many Austrians peacefully showed their discontent with the coalition: in February 2000, Vienna saw its largest postwar rally with approximately 200,000 demonstrators. International Reaction International reaction was swift and harsh. The other EU members imposed bilateral diplomatic sanctions; all diplomatic contact was to be kept to a minimum and there would be no support for Austria in international forums.
Yet Franz Josef also ruled during a time when the Austrian Empire began to break apart. Austria lost Lombardy in 1859. Following the Austro-Prussian War of 1866, Austria lost dominance among the German states and ceded Venice to Italy. Meanwhile, the Hungarians were still demanding independence. Given their military losses, Austria agreed to negotiate. In 1867, the Austro-Hungarian dual monarchy was created. Each state would be autonomous, and a separate parliament was established in Budapest. In return, the Emperor of Austria would also be crowned King of Hungary and the two states would share the same defense, foreign and economic policies.
Proporz In an effort to avoid the internal conflict that led to civil war in 1934, the new Austrian government unofficially established the Proporz system, whereby the two main political parties (the SPÖ and the ÖVP) agreed to divide among themselves jobs in the government bureaucracy, nationalised businesses and public services. Cabinet positions all the way down to civil service posts were divided according to political party. Austrians began to question this practice and showed their unhappiness in the 1999 elections with increased support for the FPÖ.