Austria's ruling parties set for worst ever result
VIENNA (AFP) - Polls opened on Sunday in Austria's general election, with the country's two-party centrist coalition likely to stay in power but possibly with their worst result ever.
A week after neighbouring Germany handed Angela Merkel's Christian Democrats 41.5 percent of votes, Austria's Social Democrats (SPOe) and conservative People's Party (OeVP) can only wish for such a result - despite both trying to model themselves on the German chancellor.
Indeed, they might need a third party to secure a majority of seats in parliament, as they look set for their poorest election results since 1945.
Opinion polls in the last week had the SPOe at around 27-28 percent of votes and the OeVP at 22-25 percent.