Austria to Elect New President as Immigration Issues Loom Large – Wall Street Journal

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VIENNA—Austrians were voting in a presidential election Sunday that could set a new milestone in the rapid rise of populist parties in Western Europe amid the refugee crisis.

Norbert Hofer, 45, who represents the anti-immigrant Freedom Party, is going up against left-of-center, independent candidate Alexander Van der Bellen, 72, in a runoff election that is being watched closely across Europe. While the Austrian presidency is a largely symbolic post, Mr. Hofer’s surprisingly strong victory in the first round of voting…

Austria to Elect New President as Immigration Issues Loom Large – Wall Street Journal