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Macron win ‘powerful message’ to far-right: top Europe rabbi

PARIS: One of Europe’s top rabbis on Monday welcomed pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron’s victory in the French presidential election, saying voters sent a “very powerful” message to the country’s far-right. Macron’s sound defeat of far-right rival Marine Le Pen in the run-off vote is “very good news for France,” said Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the influential Conference of European Rabbis. “The fact that two-thirds of French voters didn’t want a far-right government is a very powerful statement,” Goldschmidt…

Europe’s far-right down but not out

After Austria and the Netherlands, the defeat of France's Marine Le Pen in a presidential run-off is a new blow for the European far-right but its march to power is far from over, analysts warn. Victory appeared tantalisingly close for the 48-year-old, who had hoped to finish on Sunday what her father had failed to achieve in 2002: win the second round and save "the French civilisation" from the clutches of globalisation. Her campaign tapped into fears over high unemployment, immigration and the rising threat of…

Austria far-right concedes in presidential race

VIENNA: Austria's Freedom Party conceded defeat on Sunday in its bid to elect Europe's first far-right president, as projections showed its candidate Norbert Hofer lagging behind in a bitterly fought election re-run. Greens-backed independent Alexander Van der Bellen, 72, swept 53.6 percent of the votes, while his rival of the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) received 46.4 percent, projections showed. The official result of the marathon presidential election, which lasted nearly a year, is not expected before…