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>> He could become the first far-right head of state of the European Union. Norbert Hofer, a fiery populist candidate vying for Austria's presidency. Telling Reuters, Donald Trump's victory in the States is proof he's on the right track.>>
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> Whenever the elites distance themselves from voters, those elites will be voted out of office.
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It's not even a question of right or left but rather how close the contact is. And whether one is ready to implement things that actually alleviate existing concerns.>>
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>> Like Trump, Hofer sees himself as a nationalist in touch with the needs of ordinary people ignored by the establishment.
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He's focused on Europe's refugee crisis, demanding a ban on what he calls economic migration and thawing the West's relations with Russia. Another trait shared with Trump.>> I am very relieved and I hope it will remain so, that improved relations between Russia and the USA are being outlined.
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It is of great importance of peace in the world how these two countries understand each other.>> But can he ride a wave of European populism to office? Trumps win with Britain's vote to leave the European Union has given fresh ammo to far-right candidates in France, Italy and other states.
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Most polls suggest Hofer is in a dead heat with independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen.>> I hope that there will be something like a wake up call as they say we've seen. We made big mistakes. We went so far. We loss one of our most important member states, Great Britain.
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Now we have to do better.>> Hofer lost once all ready to Van der Bellen by a narrow 31,000 votes last May. But he got a second chance when that runoff was nullified due to voting irregularities.