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Van der Bellen's victory renews hope in Europe


23 May 2016


Public Affairs

Commenting on the election of Alexander Van der Bellen as Austrian president, Greens/EFA co-president Philippe Lamberts said:

"We warmly congratulate Alexander Van der Bellen on his election as president of Austria, who won with a message of hope against a competitor riding a wave of fear. It is a momentous day for the Greens in Austria and Europe; however, the rise of populism and nationalism across Europe should worry every democrat across our continent. Business as usual can no longer be an option for Europe's policymakers, who need to bring Europe back to its project of peace through the extension of democracy and shared prosperity."

Greens/EFA co-president Rebecca Harms said:

"Clearly, it is not an easy moment for him to assume office. The tight result is indicative of a divided country and a major task for the new president will be to find a way out of this polarisation towards a liberal, open and European Austria. Alexander Van der Bellen has clear credentials to deliver this and to help contribute to a forward-looking European Union."


Richard More O'Ferrall,

Press and media advisor, social media coordinator,

Greens/EFA group in the European Parliament

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