The Foreign Desk

Explainer 13: Austria and the far right

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28 April 2016

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For the first time since 1945, Austria’s president will not come from the centre. Instead two politicians with two very different messages will compete for the presidency: Alexander van der Bellen, a one-time leader of the Green party, and Norbert Hofer, a charismatic gun-carrying politician from the far-right Freedom party.

28 April 2016

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