Shock resignation could open door to anti-EU populist party
Austria’s government is on the verge of collapse due to a shock resignation, opening the door to the right wing Freedom Party, and the crisis could a huge headache for Brussels as the anti-EU Freedom Party is currently leading in the polls.
Yesterday the future of the coalition government was thrown into doubt after Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner resigned, prompting calls for an election.
Many within his People’s Party believe an election should be called rather than simply replacing him as party leader and continuing the shaky coalition with the Social Democrats.
The Freedom Party came incredibly close to securing the country’s presidency last year when candidate Norbert Hofer stormed to victory in the first round of victory before being defeated in the second.