Almost one in three Austrians call for a comeback of the Schilling as the country’s currency, a poll has revealed.

Research agency Karmasin found that 26 per cent of Austrians want a reintroduction of the Schilling which was replaced by the Euro in 2002.

Fifty-one per cent of people the body spoke to for political news weekly profil meanwhile said they were "optimistic" that the European Union (EU) would get through its current crisis.

Some political leaders have labelled the current situation in which has seen the Euro drop in value the most difficult situation the EU has found itself since its foundation.

Karmasin – who spoke to 500 Austrians earlier this month for its survey – also said 42 per cent of Austrians oppose the plan that national governments assist financially struggling EU member states.

The Austrian participation in the international "rescue plan" for Greece meanwhile passed the national parliament yesterday (Weds).

People’s Party (ÖVP) Finance Minister Josef Pröll and Social Democratic (SPÖ) Chancellor Werner Faymann defended their decision to contribute up to 2.3 billion Euros in credits.

MPs from the right-wing opposition parties the Freedom Party (FPÖ) and the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) attacked the government, while two of the 20 Green MPs came out in support of the SPÖ-ÖVP coalition’s plan.

Austrian Times