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Austria could elect EU's first far-right head

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>> Austrians heading to the polls Sunday in a Presidential run-off that could elect the European Union's first far right head of state. The migration crisis is a key issue here, coupled with increased fears about employment and security. Last year, Austria saw over a 100,000 asylum requests, boosting support for the anti-Islamic far right freedom party.
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Its candidate, Norbert Hofer, has run a campaign against immigration. Opinion polls suggest the presidential race between him and former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen will be tight. Voting earlier, Hofer dismissed concerns about his party, saying he must be given a chance.>> You have to take a look at me when I'm in one or two years.
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I have to work, and then everyone will see that I'm really okay. I'm not a dangerous person, of course.>> A victory for the far right would be felt throughout the 28 member block, where migration driven by conflict and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere has become a major political issue.
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Whoever wins, the election is likely to be a new high water mark for Europe's resurgent far right.