Norbert Hofer lost – so why are his party so happy?
“Grandma Gertrude” must be celebrating: Her favoured candidate, Alexander van der Bellen, will be the next Austrian president. And she herself will long be remembered for her moving video endorsement of him, which went viral within and beyond the little Alpine country of 8.7 million inhabitants.
While it will of course be impossible to measure the video’s exact impact, it certainly hit a nerve. A pensive Holocaust survivor, whose family perished in the camps, picked her words with care, intelligence and an air of melancholy as she criticised 45-year-old Norbert Hofer and his Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) for “bringing out the …read more