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>> It seemed so close to never happening. Green Party leader Alexander Van der Bellen becoming Austria's next president keeping the country in the EU and preventing Norbert Hoffer from becoming the block's first far right head of state. The anti immigration Euro skeptic freedom party candidate led narrowly at this Sunday's election.
But, postal votes counted on Monday gave left-wing Van der Bellen victory by a narrow 0.3% margin. The 72 year-old retired economics professor often called himself the child of refugees and campaigned on a pro-EU platform. In stark contrast to his rival who expressed fear over the rising number of the violent speeches.
> According to Austrian broadcaster, ORF, Van der Bellen came on top in nine out of the country's ten main cities.
Whereas Mr. Hoffer dominated the rural areas. The too close to call poll on Sunday brought back fears of a resurgent populist movement across Europe, capitalized on the migration crisis and the widespread dissatisfaction with traditional parties. So if Monday's outcome feels like a huge victory to pro-Europeans it's also the biggest result for a far right party since Nazi Germany.