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Austrian far-right leader brands Merkel 'dangerous'
Heinz-Christian Strache. Photo: Facebook/Personal

The head of Austria's far-right Freedom Party has branded Angela Merkel Europe's most dangerous politician.

Austrian churches slam far-right's 'God' slogan
Campaign poster for Norbert Hofer. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Austrian church officials have denounced far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer for "instrumentalising" God in a new slogan.

Swiss students: Austrian far- right politician 'not welcome'
Norbert Hofer is running in Austria's presidential election in December. Photo: Joe Klamar/AFP

The presence of Norbert Hofer at a panel discussion in Geneva is making waves.

Police bodyguard for Van der Bellen after death threats
Members of Austria's Cobra special forces. Photo: armedforcesmuseum.com

The independent candidate in Austria's upcoming presidential election, Alexander Van der Bellen, has been given a 24-hour police bodyguard.

"Heil Hofer!" image punished in court verdict
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

The far-right candidate in Austria's upcoming presidential election won 1,000 euros ($1,120) in damages Friday from a man who posted a fake image of him with a Hitler moustache on social media.

Opinion: US Elections
Americans abroad: get off the fence, stop Trump

If you're an American in Europe, don't let high-minded queasiness stop you using your vote - there's too much at stake, says Laura Shields of Democrats Abroad.

Merkel wants to send back failed migrants
Photo: FNDE/Wikimedia

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, under fire at home over her refugees policy, called Saturday for Europe to secure deals with third countries to send back migrants who do not qualify for asylum.

Comedian sets sights on Austrian parliament
Roland Düringer. Photo: ORF

An Austrian comedian, Roland Düringer, has founded a new political party and says he plans to introduce it in time for Austria’s next parliamentary election.

Austrian election set for early December after 'gluegate'
Austrian parliament building. Photo: Wikimedia

Austria's parliament has approved December 4th as the new date for the presidential election re-run in a scandal-ridden race.

No president for Austria until next year
Norbert Hofer election poster. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Austria, which has been without a president since July, will have to wait until 2017 for its next head of state to take office.

Green Party wins election re-run in Vienna's Leopoldstadt
Uschi Lichtenegger. Photo: ORF

The Green party has won the re-run of the district election in Vienna’s 2nd district, Leopoldstadt.

School book recalled in presidential vote fiasco
Alexander Van der Bellen. Photo: ORF

An Austrian publisher has said it will withdraw a newly printed school book that lists Alexander Van der Bellen as the country's current president.

New bill proposes December election date
Austria's parliament. File photo: Paul Gillingwater

Austria's main political parties have proposed holding the country's presidential election re-run on December 4th.

Austrian presidential election postponed
Austrian interior minister Wolfgang Sobotka. Photo: Wikimedia

Austria's government was forced to announce an embarrassing postponement of its presidential election because of glue failing to stick on postal votes.

Hofer calls for Hitler birth house to be demolished
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

The far-right candidate in Austria's troubled presidential election wants the house where Hitler was born demolished as well as to improve relations with the Jewish community, according to comments published Sunday.

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