Austria sets date for its snap electionStaff Writer | May 25, 2017
Austria's snap election will be on October 15th, party chiefs agreed on Tuesday after the centrist coalition collapsed, the Austria Press Agency reported.
Europe Strache is running neck-and-neck with the SPOe
The coalition between Chancellor Christian Kern's Social Democrats (SPOe) and the People's Party (OeVP) was meant to govern until 2018.
But after months of bickering, the centre-right OeVP on Sunday appointed a new chief, Sebastian Kurz, who called for early elections.
The anti-immigration FPOe, like other populist parties in Europe, has seen its support rise on the back of concerns about immigration, terrorism and falling living standards.
And like elsewhere, Austria's two main parties, which have governed the EU country since 1945, have seen their support slide as they fail to connect with voters.
The FPOe, led by social media-savvy Heinz-Christian Strache is running neck-and-neck with the SPOe on around 30 percent in opinion polls. ■