Norbert Hofer and  Heinz-Christian Strache

“Far-Right” gun enthusiast and environmentalist set to demolish old order of politics in Austria

Austria is set to be the latest country to reject middle ground electoral politics, looking likely to vote for either a far-Right anti-immigrant gun enthusiast or a radical environmentalist as president today.

If opinion polls are to be believed, Austrians will turn their backs on the two mainstream parties that have dominated the country since the Second World War.

The president is a largely ceremonial figurehead, and the election is unlikely to have a direct effect on government policy.

But with anti-immigrant parties on the rise through Europe and the country already closing its borders to the refugees who poured through on their way to Germany last year, the vote could send shock-waves across the continent.

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