On the one hand, Britain's decision could influence the majority of Austrians who are in favor of staying in the EU and make them even more "pro-EU." But on the other hand, the referendum could be beneficial for Austria's Freedom Party "which is very much anti-EU and which has already called for an Austrian referendum."
Following the victory of the Eurosceptics during the British referendum, many EU critics started rapidly gaining popularity across Europe. Austria is not the only EU member state which is leaning toward a right-wing course. According to the expert, the popularity of right-wing parties across Europe can be explained by two factors.
"First of all, the ruling coalition of Social Democrats and Christian Democrats has a lot [weaker] performance. And the biggest issue is immigration. As in other European countries, the voters vote for the right-wing parties because they are afraid that the benefits of a strong wealthy state in Austria would be given to immigrants, especially Muslim immigrants. And this is a very strong argument," Rauscher stated.
"There will be a real fight for Austria's connection with the EU," he added.
However, despite recent developments, Rauscher is confident that the EU can still carry out necessary reforms and get back its strength and unity.
"I think the EU has just one more chance of turning itself into a reform-minded, better functioning organization. Otherwise, it would be not a very good proposition," the expert concluded.
The court ruling, which gives him a second chance, comes a week after Britain voted to leave the EU in a move that was welcomed by Europe's right-wing politicians.