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Austrian far-right gets election defeat annulled

Vienna - Austria's Norbert Hofer won Friday another shot at becoming the European Union's first far-right anti-immigration president after his nation's highest court dramatically annulled his narrow election defeat from May.

Austria court to rule Friday on far-right election challenge

Vienna - Austria's Constitutional Court has said it will rule Friday on the challenge brought by the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) against its candidate's narrow defeat in May's presidential election.

Austrian court hears far-right election challenge

Vienna - Austria's highest court began a public hearing Monday on a legal challenge to May's presidential election brought by the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe), whose candidate only narrowly lost.

Swimming lessons for migrants cause storm in Austria

Vienna - Swimming lessons for refugee children have whipped up a storm in Austria, with a lifeguard's car window smashed and a newspaper on Friday filing charges against a woman who said the migrants should drown.

Migrant spat brews between Austria and Hungary

Budapest - Hungary refused Thursday to take back any of the several thousand migrants that Austria says should be returned under EU rules, adding to a brewing spat between the two neighbours.

Austrian far-right challenges election result

Vienna - Austria's anti-immigration Freedom Party plunged the country into uncharted political territory Wednesday with a legal challenge to last month's presidential election, just four weeks before the winner is due to be sworn in."We are not sore losers.

Austrian foreign minister says migrants should be kept on islands

Vienna - Asylum seekers to the European Union should be held on islands rather than be allowed direct access to the continent, Austria's foreign minister has said.

Four found dead in flash floods in France, Germany

Berlin - Four bodies were found floating in homes in France and Germany in flash floods that left water lapping at the doors of one of the Loire Valley's most famous chateaux.

Austrian far-right says 'countless' signs of election fraud

Vienna - Austria's far-right is probing "countless" cases of fraud in last week's presidential election that saw its candidate lose by a narrow margin, the party chief was quoted as saying Sunday.

Austria launches action to seize Hitler's house

Vienna - Austria's government submitted Friday a law to seize the house where Hitler was born, in a bid to stop the building becoming a neo-Nazi shrine.

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.
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