The far Right is far from finished in Austria
Across European capitals, there was a sigh of relief when Norbert Hofer conceded his defeat to Alexander Van der Bellen in Austria’s presidential election on Sunday. No wonder. This was not an ordinary election.
If he had been successful – as some polls suggested and betting markets predicted – Mr Hofer would have been the first far-Right candidate to become a European head of state since the Second World War. In Austria no less.
The term far Right is used here deliberately, and not as a cheap way of smearing a political opponent.
Founded in the 1950s, the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) …read more