Austrian presidential election 2016

Despite defeat, Austrian far-right aims for big vote take in 2017

This weekend's loss in the Austrian presidential election will not deter Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) from its plan to win the next parliamentary elections and become part of the...

Report: Austria's Van der Bellen won presidency with 53.8 per cent

Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen won the Austrian presidency with 53.8 per cent of the votes, 7.6 per cent ahead of far-right contender Norbert Hofer, according to the final count that was...

Careful counting delays Austrian election end result until Tuesday

The announcement of Austria's presidential voting result was pushed back to Tuesday as election commissions applied meticulous counting standards to prevent new irregularities, the Interior...

Austria counting postal votes but Green presidency is certain

In a repeat election on Sunday that gave Austria's far-right Freedom Party another shot at the presidency, Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen improved on his wafer-thin lead in May to...

EU leaders relieved as Austrian far-right candidate loses presidency

Pro-European and left-leaning politician Alexander Van der Bellen soundly defeated his far-right rival for Austria's presidency on Sunday, in a re-run election that left mainstream leaders across...

Austria's Green candidate for president defeats far-right rival

Austrians opted for a pro-European president by electing Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen on Sunday with 53.3 per cent of the vote, projections by public broadcaster ORF showed.

Austrian presidential candidates optimistic as country repeats vote

The far-right and Green contenders for the Austrian presidency were both optimistic on Sunday as citizens cast their ballots in the repeat election that could see Austria elect Western Europe's...

Van der Bellen, a fervent European and a former refugee child

Alexander Van der Bellen won the Austrian presidency with a pro-European platform that also championed the rights of immigrants.

Austria's Hofer softens far-right image on path towards presidency

Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has tried to soften his Freedom Party's far-right, nationalist image in a bid to win Sunday's election.

Austrian voters choose between rightist, Green president

Austrian voters are casting their ballots Sunday to decide the drawn-out presidential race between far-right candidate Norbert Hofer and his Green rival Alexander Van der Bellen.

Austrian rightist Hofer touts ties with Russia, US ahead of election

Austrian far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer highlighted his good relations with the Russian government and the incoming US administration of Donald Trump Friday as he held his final...

Is Austria next in line after Brexit and Trump?

Voters in Austria have a choice between a far-right and a Green president. No matter who wins, populism is gaining ground in the country.

Austria braces for drawn-out vote count of presidential election

Austrians might have to wait for two days to learn who wins the December 4 presidential election, because ballots will be counted meticulously to avoid renewed irregularities, the Interior...

Green candidate warns of far-right takeover ahead of Austrian vote

Austria is at risk of becoming dominated by the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), Green presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen said Tuesday as he launched the final stretch of his campaign...

Brexit and migration loom large as Austria heads to polls again

Austrian rightist Norbert Hofer lost the presidential election by a slim margin in May. A mix of factors that dominate European politics could decide whether he can clinch victory in a second...