It was deja vu all over again in Austria yesterday, with the country's neighbors shocked by the strong performance of the far right in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

Last time this happened was in 1999, when Joerg Haider's Freedom Party reached 26.9% of the vote (as usual, Adam Carr has all the figures) and the following year was taken into government as a junior coalition partner to the centre-right Austrian People's Party. This provoked outrage across Europe and, for a time, other EU governments curtailed their relations with Austria.