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.
Congratulations to Pr. @vanderbellen for his election- a breath of fresh air in times when Europe is threatened by the rise of the far right
— Alexis Tsipras (@tsipras_eu) December 4, 2016