The rise of the right had been predicted in the polls but many Austrians were nonetheless dismayed this morning at the prospect of further instability in government.
Asked for her views, one women in a street in Vienna said: “The big parties were too arrogant and they didn’t evaluate what the people want and what sort of ideas to have. It became a personal battle between those two parties. They were playing amongst themselves.”
The papers reflected the mood in the country, one saying the far-right had given the main parties “a black eye.”
“I’m very disappointed because it’s a big victory for the right wing and it’s not a very good thing for Austria,” said another Vienna resident.
Analysts believe frustration with the two centrist parties’ in-fighting and promises of anti-inflation subsidies helped boost the far-right.