Austrian President Heinz Fischer (R) welcomes his newly elected successor Alexander Van der Bellen of Austrian Greens at the presidential palace in Hofburg palace in Vienna, on May 24, 2016. / AFP / JOE KLAMAR
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Norbert Hofer from Austria's anti-immigrant Freedom Party (FPOe), failed by a whisker in Sunday's election to become the European Union's first far-right head of state, with only 31,000 votes between him and power.What particularly heartened the far-right was the dismal performance of the two mainstream center-right and center-left Austrian parties, which have dominated politics there for decades and which form the current governing coalition.However, many believe that the Austrian result shows that while the far-right is knocking on the doors of power, there is a long way to go before smashing them down."They can never go far enough to fend off the populists," Grubbe told AFP. "Voters prefer a firebrand to a flip-flopper".And while far-right parties appear to be facing a form of glass ceiling when it comes to seizing power, they are still in power-sharing administrations in several countries with a tradition of coalition government.
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