Express | 12 May 2017
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 two parties had clashed regularly since taking power together in 2013 and Mr Mitterlehner’s resignation looks set to be the uneasy alliance’s death knoll.
Officials also fear the resignation could provide a huge chance for the far-right Freedom Party, who were founded in 1956 by a former Nazi and are vehemently opposed to migration and the European Union.
The 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.