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> A final rally for Austria's far-right candidate ahead of Sunday's election. Presidential hopeful Norbert Hofer lashing out over accusations that he's looking to take Austria out of the European Union. Saying his accusers are the ones damaging Austria, not him. He once said that Austria could hold its own EU referendum, after Britain voted to leave in June.
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But he back pedalled, says Reuter's Francois Murphy in Vienna.>> His opponent, Alexander Van der Bellen has made an issue of that, saying that this shows that really Hofer wants to leave the European Union, even if he doesn't say it quite that clearly. Austria has been quite a Euro sceptic country by and large over the past years, decades.
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But that's a different thing to getting a majority of people to decide to leave the European Union.>> This is a rerun of a presidential election that independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen narrowly won in May. It was annulled because of sloppy counting. Polls show the two men neck and neck.
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If Hofer wins, he'll be Europe's first far right leader since the second world war. His growing popularity is partly down to the same anti-establishment sentiment that drove the Brexit vote and Donald Trump's election.>> You have the highly educated supporting Van der Bellen, and the less educated generally voting for Hofer.
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Hoffer's supporters are typically male, they're often in the countrysides, and they often have blue collar jobs.>> Austria's President has a largely ceremonial role, but the election is seen as a bell weather for polls in France, the Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, where a surging far right could make it's mark.