16 May 2017

Prof Fiddler was interviewed by Edinburgh’s Sputnik Radio following the surprise resignation of Austria’s ‘Vice Chancellor’ (deputy prime minister) and leader of the conservative Austrian People's Party (Österreichische Volkspartei), Reinhold Mitterlehner.   Allyson explains the background context of multiple rounds of elections in 2016 (for the Austrian presidential elections) and the upcoming, new ÖVP leader, Sebastian Kurz. It now looks likely that Austria’s Chancellor, Christian Kern (Social Democratic Party, SPÖ) will be pressured into calling for a general election ahead of schedule, possibly in the autumn of 2017. Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) is adamant that this is the only way forward.

Listen to the discussions here (17 minutes in to the programme).