Europe’s Refugee Crisis Coming to a Head as Right-Wing Parties Surge

After a narrow race in Austria, left-leaning moderate candidate Alexander Van der Bellen barely won the presidential election against right-wing Norbert Hofer on Monday, a slim victory that surprised many.

Hofer stated that although he was sad to lose, his run had been an “investment” in the future of Austria’s right-leaning Freedom Party — an investment which seems to be already earning returns. More conservative parties have gained significant prominence in European countries this past election cycle, and are projected to grow even stronger in the next.