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Austria vote to buoy far right across Europe

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>> Austria’s new president arriving for his victory speech but to little fanfare, more a sigh of relief. The former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen winning by a whisker, taking just 50.3 % of the vote. The win denies his rival Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU’s first far-right leader.
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For a moment, success seemed within his grasp. In fact, the celebrations began early, but postal votes swung victory just out of reach, Hofer losing by just naught point six percent, some 31,000 votes out of nearly four and a half million. Reuters' Francois Murphy has been following the story.
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>> Test in Austria is going to be what would happen in parliamentary elections, if those were to be held when they're expected in 2018, or if snap elections are held before then, bearing in mind that the Freedom Party is currently running first in opinion polls. And across Europe more generally, the question is whether centrist parties that have traditionally been in government can speak directly to these voters who are, to some extent, expressing a protest by voting for these anti immigration populace parties, or whether this rise in support for these often relatively new parties is going to continue.
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>> The Freedom Party candidate conceding defeat in a post on Facebook, but promising he will be back.