Austria’s far-Right presidential hopeful urges burqa ban

The far-Right candidate tipped to win Austria’s presidential poll has promised to ban burqas and take his country out of the European Union if Turkey is ever allowed to join.

Norbert Hofer, from the Freedom Party (FPÖ), lost the last presidential election by a whisker in May to Alexander van der Bellen, a former Green party leader. But the constitutional court in Vienna ordered the poll to be re-run in October because of counting irregularities.

Mr Hofer told the Oesterreich newspaper that he, like his political opponents, wants to stop Turkey’s long-running negotiations to join the EU. But he went further by suggesting that if Turkey did eventually join, then he would back an Austrian exit from the EU.

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