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Strache apologizes over 'fake' asylum pic
Tweet about the contentious picture. Original photo: Juerg Christandl

The head of Austria's anti-immigration far-right apologized on Friday for claiming a newspaper faked a photo of an anti-refugee protest by his party, donating 9,000 euros ($10,300) to a migrants charity.

Italy: Border plans 'an enormous mistake'
Austrian interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka. Photo: Michael Kranewitter/Wikimedia

Italy told Austria Thursday it would prove Vienna was "wasting money" on anti-migrant measures and closing the border between the two countries would be "an enormous mistake".

Cafe removes anti-right wing sign after threats
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Cafe owner regrets sign barring right-wing voters after backlash made her feel "very scared".

What is the role of the President in Austria?
Alexander Van der Bellen will go against Norbert Hofer in election run-off in May. anderbellen.at/Wolfgang Zajc

With the next President certain to be either come from the far-right or left-wing spectrum of politics, The Local Austria asks a political expert to explain the importance of the role in Austria.

Far-right triumph leaves government reeling
Freedom Party leader H.C. Strache celebrating his party's win. Photo: EPA/FILIP SINGER

Austria's government was licking its wounds on Monday after the anti-immigration far-right triumphed in a presidential vote, a debacle of historic proportions for a cosy political establishment seen as out of touch and ineffectual.

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Who is Norbert Hofer, and why does he matter?
Hofer (r) with FPÖ party leader H.C. Strache. Photo: Hofer Instagram

Austria's far-right has a new golden boy in the shape of Norbert Hofer, a smooth-talking gun enthusiast who sent shock waves through the political establishment by defying polls and shooting to the top in Sunday's first round of a presidential ballot.

FPÖ's Hofer wins 36.7% of vote, runoff likely
Right-wing Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer answers media question at his party headquarters. Photo: EPA/FILIP SINGER

Austria's anti-immigration far-right triumphed on Sunday in the first round of a presidential election, with candidates from the two governing parties failing to even make it into a May 22 runoff.

Tight race likely to upset Austrian power
Last place contender Richard Lugner, Austria's answer to Donald Trump. Photo: Shelley Stark

Austria's presidential ballot on Sunday is expected to highlight the decline in the country's two traditional parties, which for the first time since 1945 look unlikely to produce a winning candidate.

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
ANDY RAIN/EPA

How will Brits abroad vote in the "Brexit" referendum? The Local surveyed more than 2,700 people across Europe to find out.

'Border controls will stem migrant flow via Italy': Austria
Austria will step up controls at the Brenner pass with Italy, unless the number of arrivals falls drastically. Photo: Raul Alejandro Rodriguez

Italy says controls could cost its food industry alone some €10 billion.

Austria's main parties lag behind in presidential race
CHRISTIAN BRUNA/EPA

Austria's main parties set for defeat in presidential elections as left and right wing candidates lead the race.

Opinion – Brexit
5 practical things Brits abroad can do to keep UK in the EU
Photos: Laura Shields and AFP

If you're a pro-EU Brit living abroad, there's plenty you can do to keen Britain 'in', explains Laura Shields from the Brits Abroad: Yes to Europe initiative.

Identitarians protest on Graz Greens roof
Photo: Youtube screen capture Identitarian channel

The anti-Muslim Identitarian movement staged a protest on Wednesday against the "creeping Islamicization of Europe".

Mikl-Leitner steps down in job swap
Johanna Mikl-Leitner (centre). Photo: Christian Schulter

Austria's controversial interior minister is swapping jobs with a party colleague in a move which is not expected to lead to a change in the country's policies on asylum seekers.

Sanders triumphs in Austria
Sanders supporter in Florida's primary. Photo: EPA/ERIK S. LESSER

The majority of American Democrats living in Austria voted for Bernie Sanders in a global primary held this month, showing greater success for the senator abroad than he's having Stateside.

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