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FPÖ failure shows opposition to rightward surge
Norbert Hofer, the failed FPÖ presidential candidate for Austria. Photo: Freedom Party

While far-right parties across Europe hailed the near-election of one of their own as Austrian president as a boost for their future prospects, his defeat shows that mainstream forces are still capable of rallying to keep extremists out of power.

All you need to know about Austria's new president
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Fans affectionately call him "the professor", while his critics decry him as a haughty "green dictator".

Integrate refugees with help, not pity
Participants attend a German language course of the 'Fluechtlingsprojekt Ute Bock' (Refugees project Ute Bock) in Vienna. Photo: EPA/CHRISTIAN BRUNA

In the Austrian village of Gutau, inhabitants have set up a microcredit system to help refugees rent houses and start businesses.

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A visit to the Schloss Hof Easter Market
Photo: Jerry Barton

Amateur shutterbug Jerry Barton visited one of Austria's traditional Easter markets at Schloss Hof.

Strong men in the 19th century Prater
Photo: Wien Museum

A new exhibition at Wien Museum is showcasing photos from Vienna's famous Prater fairground since 1766.

Ginger Churchill heads to hell in Nazi mural
Photo: Europics.at

Would you believe that Winston Churchill makes an appearance on a church mural done by a Nazi artist in Austria, heading to hell with a sack of gold?

The film project about what makes us human
Photo: Linda Coussement

Linda Coussement is a woman on a mission to film people’s personal stories as she slowly travels the globe - with the aim of spreading a message of empathy and connectedness. After spending a month in Vienna she is now en route to Budapest. She spoke to The Local about her project.

Italy's South Tyrol: where an identity crisis lingers
Renon, South Tyrol. Photo: The Local Italy

The stunning mountainous region of South Tyrol, or Alto Adige, has been part of Italy for almost 100 years. But many of those among the population of 511,000 still don’t feel Italian. In fact, identity is a delicate talking point, as The Local discovers.

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One of several groups that formed to help refugees arriving in Austria from Syria and other countries is the Train of Hope. The Local spoke to Katrin Bernreiter, to learn what motivated the group.

Refugee crisis

After years of waiting and hoping the civil war in Syria would come to an end, Saad and his wife Oula finally decided to leave their home in Damascus and travel to Austria, where Oula’s brother has lived and worked for the past 11 years.

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