15 MAY 1936, Page 1

Indirectly Italy is responsible for a Cabinet crisis in Austria,

for an outrageous telegram of congratula- tion to Signor Mussolini sent by Prince Starhemberg, the Heimwehr leader and Deputy-Chancellor, has proved too much for the Chancellor, who, to judge from news arriving as we go to press, is reconstituting his Cabinet without the impetuous prince. The political atmosphere in Austria is inflammable to the last degree, as an instructive communication from Vienna on a later page of this issue indicates. The Cabinet reconstruction gives much more personal power to Dr. Sehuschnigg. and means an increase of German, and a diminution of Italian, influence.

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