There's also this:Tho' the Austrian presidency is largely ceremonial, like ours, also like ours it can be a highly significant bellwether, being by universal suffrage (the only 2 in Europe). Plus: a vote for Hofer is an invitation to him to turn the presidency in an activist direction.
Another dimension: Budapest and Warsaw are slavering for a Hofer win as vindicating their migrant stance. And Austria's re-run is now set to coincide closely with Orban's [anti-]migrant quota referendum (due in autumn 16), meaning a potential double whammy to the open-border-ists.
Daily Telegraph: Austria's presidential election re-run could not come at a worse time for Europea referendum in Italy in October where the centrist figure of Matteo Renzi has staked his prime ministership on winning support for governance and constitutional reforms.
If he loses and resigns it would be a huge blow for centrism, and the portents do not look good. A new Demos poll for La Repubblica shows the Eurosceptic Five Start Movement would win an Italian general election tomorrow, with Mr Renzi’s current approval rating at just 40% - a 34 point slump from its 74% peak in June 2014.