AUSTRIA ELECTION: THE EUROPEAN FAR RIGHT IS A REALITY





The independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has beaten Norbert Hofer, leader of the Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (Freedom Party), to the Austrian presidency. Public opinion is divided between nationalism and Europeanism, reception of migrants and xenophobic sentiments.The victory of the environmentalist Professor Alexander Van der Bellen, the aristocratic "son of refugees", in the Austrian presidential has breathed a sigh of relief to Europe. But the political fact of an Austria where one out of two voted for the anti-European far-right wing and ultra-nationalists is worrying. So that for the Social Democrats SPD is still “a shocking message” and “a wake up call for all democrats to mobilize against hatred of foreigners and intolerance”. The Austrian vote is also worrying because it is only one of the signs of a deepening divide between east and west. With Poland governed by the right, there is the threat of an anti-EU referendum if the EU Commission gets too carried away in the criticism of the constitutional reforms initiated by Beata Szydlo.By Salvatore CianoYou can read the rest of the article on our issue of June

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