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Far-right party in Villach files election complaint
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The local branch of Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Villach have filed a complaint with the country’s corruption prosecutor over the suspected manipulation of votes in the presidential election.

FPÖ claims moral victory in defeat
Heinz-Christian Strache. Photo: FPÖ

Austria's Freedom Party is "stronger than ever" and ready to win the next general election after its candidate narrowly failed to become the European Union's first far-right president, party chief Heinz-Christian Strache said Tuesday.

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
Facebook/VanderBellen/Niko Ostermann

Fans affectionately call him "the professor", while his critics decry him as a haughty "green dictator".

Left-winger van der Bellen wins Austrian presidential election
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Austria has chosen the former Green leader Alexander van der Bellen to be the country's next president, in what was one of the tightest presidential election races seen in Austria.

EU waits with bated breath as Austria counts the votes
Photo: composite from Norbert Hofer's official Facebook

Austria and the European Union were on tenterhooks Monday as they waited to see whether Norbert Hofer had won an election runoff to become the bloc's first president from the anti-immigrant far-right.

Austrian election too close to call
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

In a surprise result, it appears that the Austrian presidential runoff on Sunday is effectively a dead heat, with more than 90% of the vote tallied--until postal votes are counted by Monday.

A gift for Euroskeptics?
A choice between green and blue at the ballot. Photo: Monusco Photos/Wikimedia

Austria's presidential runoff, which could see a far-right candidate grab power this Sunday, is a test for the European Union as it battles the rise of eurosceptic and populist parties across the continent.

Austrians choose between Blue and Green this weekend
Photo: Van der Bellen presidential campaign home page

All eyes will be on Austria this weekend when it could become the first European Union member to install a far-right president, as the influence of populist parties spreads across the bloc.

Summer weather for Austria's presidential runoff vote
Vienna's Volksgarten. File photo: Negina Pirzad

Summer weather will make a brief appearance in Austria this Sunday - in time for the runoff of the presidential election - which sees the far-right Freedom Party’s Norbert Hofer up against the Green-backed candidate Alexander van der Bellen.

Austria swears in new chancellor as far-right looms
ÖBB Sabine Hauswirth

Austria will appoint its new Chancellor Christian Kern on Tuesday, with the ailing centrist government pinning its hopes on the ex-railway boss to help stem the surge of the far-right.

World powers meet in Vienna to save Syria peace hopes

Senior envoys from world and regional powers are to meet once again in Vienna on Tuesday in an effort to salvage stumbling efforts to halt Syria's bloody civil war.

Why talk of barriers is opening up old wounds in South Tyrol
Brenner train station. Photo: Angela Giuffrida/The Local Italy

"Even just talking about building a fence and making boundaries hurts us deeply."

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Christian Kern: no more normal service
Christian Kern, standing behind former chancellor Werner Faymann. Photo: Facebook/Vita Jugend

Christian Kern, set to be Austria's new chancellor, fixed the national rail company. Now he has to get the government and his party back on track -- and put the brakes on the far-right.

Rail boss Kern chosen as Austria's new chancellor
New chancellor Christian Kern (SPÖ). Photo: ÖBB/Sabine Hauswirth

Austria's Social Democrats have decided to appoint national railways boss Christian Kern as the country's chancellor following Werner Faymann's resignation, the interim head of the party said on Friday.

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