Former presidential candidate and anti-immigration party FPOe member Norbert Hofer attends a press conference on Dec. 6, 2016 in Vienna following presidential elections. / AFP / APA / GEORG HOCHMUTH
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Austria's far-right Freedom Party made a clear commitment on Tuesday to the European Union and the euro currency, moving further away from past calls to quit the bloc as speculation about early parliamentary elections grows.Strache also congratulated French far-right leader Marine Le Pen Le Pen for an "excellent, historic success" in the first round of France's presidential election on Sunday.Le Pen's calls for France to quit the euro and the EU helped her into the May 7 run-off although she is expected to be easily beaten by centrist candidate Emmanuel Macron.The long-time EU-critic, who called for Austria to consider leaving the bloc in 2005, will need the votes of Europe-friendly centrists to take power.
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