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Is the ‘Trump effect’ strong in Europe to have an impact on Austrian elections? The FPÖ is currently enjoying a lead in the polls ahead of the country’s established SPÖ and ÖVP parties. The Freedom Party has led opinion polls for months! THE EUROSCEPTIC anti-Islam party is at the forefront of a radical shift in Austrian politics.

Last May, Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party lost out to Van der Bellen by 31,000 votes. But Austria’s constitutional court cancelled this result due to irregularities. Thia time Hofer focusses on the EU’s migration crisis and called for a ban on economic migrants.

Austria’s rise of the right

Taking hope from Donald Trump’s US election triumph, Austria’s far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer is eager to surf a tide of anti-establishment populism sweeping the West and win this Sunday’s re-run election.

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