Here’s hoping for a "Van der Bellen effect"
Populism prospers because citizens’ concerns far exceed their hopes. And the tabloid press revels in it.
- Monday, 27 February 2017
The Australian political roller coaster in 2016 threatened to ruin the reputation of the Sec- ond Republic. The prospect of a presidential victory by the right- wing Freedom Party’s (FPÖ) candi- date, Norbert Hofer, seemed to confirm the worst opinions about a society leaning towards populism and xeno- phobia. There were procedural mis- takes which led first to the repetition of the vote and then to its further postponement.