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Austria's far-right reaches for presidency

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>> This could soon be the first far right head of state elected in the EU's history. Soft spoken Norbert Hofer will take his anti-Islam and euro skeptic freedom party to the Austrian Presidency if elected on Sunday. All part of a wider jump in right wing and nationalist popularity across the continent.
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From Europeans wary of it's migrant crisis and perceived overreach of the EU. Polls have put Hofer and his chief rival, the Green Party's Alexander Van der Bellen, nearly neck and neck among voters most likely to turn out at the ballot box. The two emerged after trouncing the centrist parties which have dominated Austrian politics for decades in a first round of votes last April.
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The upset triggering a party revolt among the governing social democrats that toppled Chancellor Werner Fayman, replacing him with Christian Kern. Regardless of who wins on Sunday, the ramifications could rock EU politics. The Austrian Presidency is a largely ceremonial position underneath the chancellery, but a Hofer win could still make life difficult for Kern.
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Hofer has vowed to dismiss the minister's cabinet if it breaks a cap on refugees granted asylum in the country or raises taxes.