Van der Bellen was running again as an independent, but he has the backing of Austria's major parties except for the far-right Freedom Party.
As public backlash to reimposed Covid-19 restrictions in Austria and the Netherlands intensify, so too has the spread of misinformation.
Deep-rooted hatred against Islam persists, says Joram van Klaveren, the former far-right European politician, who was once a close ally of Geert Wilders.
Dutch anti-Islam politician Geert Wilders was found guilty of insulting a minority group during his 2014 election campaign. The Court of Appeal in The Hague however acquitted him from the charges of inciting discrimination and hatred.
Conservative leader Sebastian Kurz's party is on course to win snap parliamentary election and has several options for a coalition partner that will give it a stable majority, a projection based on a partial vote count shows.
Brought down by scandal, Austria’s People Party is willing to resolve tensions with conservatives to re-enter government.
Despite the demise of the far-right’s role in government, cases of Islamaphobia continue across the country although an open society enshrined in law by the late King Franz Josef I as far back as 1912.
It took a corruption scandal to bring down the extreme right in the coalition government, but for the refugees that have suffered under their policies there is no light at the end of the tunnel.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the snap poll for September after a German newspaper published covertly filmed footage featuring his far-right coalition partners offering government contracts to purported Russian businesswoman.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called for an early election after Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Stracher resigned following a video scandal.
The new bloc would be called the European Alliance for People and Nations and would challenge the three centrist parties that have dominated the EU Parliament for more than 40 years.
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