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Austria far-right 'stronger than ever' and ready to rule: party chief

Vienna - 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.

Europe's far-right cheers Austria vote but loss highlights limits

Paris - 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.

Austria's new president: green professor who beat the far-right

Vienna - Fans affectionally call him "the professor" or "Sascha", a nickname for Alexander that nods to his Russian roots, while his critics decry him as a haughty "green dictator".

Austrian far-right narrowly loses presidential election

Vienna - Austria's Norbert Hofer narrowly failed Monday to become the EU's first far-right president after his ecologist rival scraped to victory in a knife-edge election that was a rude wake-up call for the continent's established parties.

Postal vote to break tie in Austrian 'election thriller'

Vienna - Austria was on Monday counting hundreds of thousands of postal votes to resolve a knife-edge election that could make it the first EU country with a far-right anti-immigration president.

Austria on knife-edge as presidential race too close to call

Vienna - Austrian far-right hopes of winning a presidential runoff remained on hold Sunday as the candidates were neck-and-neck in a battle closely watched by the EU, which is struggling to contain a surge of anti-immigrant parties.

Austria on knife-edge as presidential race too close to call

Vienna - Austria's closely-watched presidential election was too close to call Sunday, as projections showed a near dead heat between Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party and ecologist Alexander van der Bellen.Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPOe) won 50.

Two dead, 11 injured in Austrian shooting rampage

Vienna - A 27-year-old man opened fire on people during a village festival in western Austria, killing two people and injuring 11 others before turning the gun on himself, police said Sunday.

Far-right on edge of power as Austria votes for president

Vienna - Austrians voted Sunday in a presidential runoff which could usher in the European Union's first far-right leader, fueled by anti-immigrant anger over Europe's worst post-war refugee crisis.

France's FN eagerly awaits far-right victory in Austria

Paris - If Austria's far-right wins the presidential election on Sunday, the leaders of France's National Front will be rubbing their hands with glee.

Austria torn between far-right 'gladiator' and 'glitterati' professor

Vienna - One is a partially disabled gun enthusiast of the far-right, the other a distinguished elderly professor with Green backing -- Austria's presidential candidates mirror the deep rift splitting the country as it prepares for a tense runoff vote this Sund...

Austria's far-right marches on amid lacklustre protests

Vienna - Organisers had expected several thousand people, but in the end just 400 showed up at Vienna's Hofburg palace to protest Austria's presidential far-right contender Norbert Hofer.

Austria swears in new chancellor as far-right threat looms

Vienna - Crisis-hit Austria appointed 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.

Austria to swear in new chancellor as far-right threat looms

Vienna - 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.

Austria drops mooted Italian border control plans

Vienna - Austria said Friday it would no longer seek to resume controversial checks on its frontier with Italy after tougher measures by Rome have led to a huge drop in migrant numbers.

All aboard: Austria's dapper rail boss turned chancellor

Vienna - 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.

Crisis-hit Austrian left picks Kern as chancellor

Vienna - Austria's ailing Social Democrats sought Friday to halt the rise of the far-right and inject new life into a moribund governing coalition by naming railways boss Christian Kern as chancellor.

Austria, Greece bury the hatchet after migrant spat

Vienna - Austria and Greece's foreign ministers said Wednesday that they have buried the hatchet after differences over Europe's migrant crisis prompted a chill in relations."Our ambassador has returned...

Soul-searching for Austrian centre-left as Faymann quits

Vienna - Austria's centre-left began Tuesday the tricky search for a new chancellor as speculation grew that it might take the high-stakes gamble of dropping opposition to a tie-up with the surging far right.

Austrian government seeks new chancellor, new start

Vienna - Austria's centre-left on Tuesday begins the search for a new leader and new direction after a sharp drop in support, at the hand of the populist far-right, forced Chancellor Werner Faymann to quit.

Austrian far-right claims scalp of chancellor

Vienna - Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann quit Monday, bowing to intense pressure two weeks after the anti-immigration far-right triumphed in the first round of presidential elections.

Police clash with pro-migrant protesters on Austria-Italy border

Italy - Several hundred young protesters clashed with Italian anti-riot police Saturday near the Austrian-Italian border during a demonstration against Vienna's proposed anti-migrant measures.

Even in 'Red Vienna', Austrian far-right is king

Vienna - The district of Simmering is archetypal "Red Vienna", its imposing council housing blocks, named after workers' heroes of the past, testament to almost a century of state largesse under the left.

Austria's far-right presidential candidate seeks to soften image

Vienna - The man most likely to be Austria's next president, Norbert Hofer from the far-right Freedom Party, said Thursday he believed the integration of migrants was "possible", in an apparent bid to woo more mainstream voters.

May Day boos for Austrian leader after far-right poll shock

Vienna - Austria's embattled chancellor was greeted Sunday with loud boos as he addressed around 80,000 people in Vienna on May Day, a week after the government's disastrous defeat at the hands of the far-right in a presidential ballot.

Austria, Germany press EU to prolong border controls

Vienna - Austria and Germany said on Saturday they were in talks with the European Union's executive body to extend temporary border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow.

Austrian far-right head donates money to refugees

Vienna - The head of Austria's anti-immigration far-right apologised 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.

Austria adopts tough new asylum laws amid far-right surge

Vienna - The Austrian parliament on Wednesday adopted one of Europe's toughest asylum laws, as the country's political leaders struggle to halt the surging far-right which is leading in presidential polls.

Austria's Norbert Hofer: The far-right's 'soft' face

Vienna - 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.

Austrian 'end of an era' after far-right election triumph

Vienna - Austrian commentators declared the end of an era Monday after the anti-immigration far-right triumphed in presidential elections, ending 70 years of domination by a political elite criticised as out of touch and ineffectual.
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