Austria’s far-right presidential candidate was soundly defeated, confounding forecasts of a tight election in which he would ride a wave of populism sweeping the West.
Austria has elected a 72-year-old former leader of the Greens party to be its next president, narrowly avoiding becoming the first country in the European Union to vote in a far-right candidate as head of state.
“As president, you have to be president for all Austrians, but that does not mean I will abandon my values. This is clear. I have my opinions which I will continue,” said Hofer after the results came in.
Three young children suffering from dehydration and close to death have been rescued from a van crammed with 26 refugees from Asia on their way to Europe.
The U.N. refugee agency said the number of refugees and migrants crossing the Mediterranean to reach Europe had passed 300,000 this year.