British Far Right Daily Mail Weeps at Austrian Defeat of…Far Right.
- Far-right candidate Norbert Hofer has conceded as initial results declared
- Polling ended at 4pm UK time and final result will be announced tomorrow
- Hofer would have been Europe’s first far-right leader since World War II
The Independent reports,
Austria’s Norbert Hofer has conceded defeat after his hopes of becoming the European Union’s first far-right president were dashed.
The first official results showed left-leaning candidate Alexander Van der Bellen with what appeared to be an unbeatable lead over his rival.
When the results were released shortly after polls closed on Sunday, Mr Van der Bellen had 53.5 per cent, while Mr Hofer had 46.4 per cent.
In the election run up RT (Russia Today) broadcast many sympathetic reports on Hoffer,
Norbert Hofer, the Austrian presidential candidate for the Freedom Party who is often described as “far-right” by opponents, has dismissed the idea in an interview with RT, saying that he is “a normal man, who does not like extremes.”
“That’s not true,” Hofer told RT’s Egor Piskunov when asked about opponents accusing him of spreading nationalist ideas.
“Yes, I’m right side, but I’m not far-right. I’m middle right and if you compare things members of the government say here in Austria and things I say, I’m not more right than the government,” Hofer said.
RT payed special attention to this aspect of his policies:
Speaking of his plans in case he wins the election, Hofer noted that he would like Austria to cooperate with many countries, including Russia, as he makes a “strong economy” his number one priority.
In this regard, Hofer also touched upon the sanctions imposed against Russia amid the Ukrainian crisis and the situation after the Crimean referendum on joining Russia.
“I don’t think sanctions are now useful for keeping peace,” the presidential candidate said, adding that they don’t solve problems and it’s better to look for a diplomatic way out.
In its programmes on Hofer’s defeat RT underlined – like the Daily Mail – the role of ‘left-wingers’ who campaigned against the candidate of the Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs, FPÖ).
Election results (Der Standard): the Greens/Alexander Van der Bellen, had a strong urban vote.
Some more left-wing gloating:
Triumph für den Alpen-Kretschmann (Neues Deutschland. Socialistische Tageszeitung).