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>> As Austria heads to the polls in Europe's next election on Sunday, the spotlight is on 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz, who's tipped to become one of the world's youngest leaders if he's voted in as Chancellor. The leader of the Austrian People's Party has convinced many voters that he'll bring something new to the old conservative party.
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But despite his fresh face, the Foreign Minister has used a traditional line when it comes to immigration. He frequently reminds voters that he opposed opening borders in 2015 during Europe's migration crisis when Austria took in more than 1% of its population in asylum seekers. Kurz wants to restrict benefits for refugees and other new arrivals.
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The migration crisis playing into the hands of the far right Freedom Party, whose candidates came close to winning last year's presidential run off. Reuters' Francois Murphy is in Vienna.>> There is a very good chance that the far right party will play a significant role after this election.
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Simply because the conservative party headed by Kurz which is clearly in the lead in opinion polls, is at loggerheads with its current coalition partner, the Social Democrats. That makes it more likely that they will turn to the Freedom Party to form a coalition.>> The election's stoking more concern among liberals about the rise of populism in Europe.
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That after Germany's far right AFD party came third in the September votes and entered parliament for the first time.>> It's unlikely that there will be the same outcry here towards the Freedom Party. They're not as anti-European as the National Front is in France. The National Front calls for leaving the Eurozone, and even the EU, which is something that the Freedom Party here, an idea that they've toyed with, but they've stopped calling for.
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>> With the composition of a government coalition unclear, the results of Sunday's vote herald yet more political paralysis.