Greek PM welcomes result of Austrian presidential election

5 December 2016
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Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras has welcomed the results of the presidential election in Austria calling it “a breath of fresh air.”

In Austria, left-leaning Alexander Van der Bellen defeated right-wing rival Norbert Hofer, a victory welcomed by moderate politicians across Europe seeking to halt the wave of right-wing populism sweeping Western democracies.

“Congratulations to Van de Bellen for his election – a breath of fresh air in times when Europe is threatened by the rise of the far right,” Tsipras said in a Tweet late Sunday.

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