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How the rhetoric of the far-right is influencing the Austrian election

Austria’s relationship with the far-right is dramatically different to Germany’s

By Kimberly Bradley   November 2017

Presidential candidate Norbert Hofer (FPOe) pictured at a press conference in the wake of the Austrian presidential election, in Vienna, Austria, 6 December 2016. Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa

In September’s German elections, the centre-right made clear its opposition to the far-right, as Angela Merkel’s campaign celebrated Germany as a liberal, tolerant nation welcoming of outsiders. Next door in Austria, which goes to the polls in October, the centre-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), led by 31-year-old foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, is following a different path, aping the language and policies of…

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