Europe’s far-right welcomes Austrian election result

April 25, 2016

0,,19212042_303,00Congratulations rolled in from far-right leaders in Germany, France, Italy and the Netherlands on Monday following the triumph of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Sunday’s presidential poll. Official preliminary results showed Norbert Hofer of the FPÖ (pictured above) with 36.4 percent of the vote, while Alexander Van der Bellen from the Greens came in second with 20.4 percent. The two will enter a run-off on May 22. It was the Freedom Party’s best ever result at a federal level. Candidates from the centrist parties, which have dominated Austrian politics since the end of World War II, failed to even make it through to the second round.

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