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© APA/AFP/File / by Sophie MAKRIS | Austria's anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) got a near-record result of 26 percent in October and on Friday became the junior coalition partner in the right-wing government
© APA/AFP/File / by Sophie MAKRIS | Austria’s anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPOe) got a near-record result of 26 percent in October and on Friday became the junior coalition partner in the right-wing government.

VIENNA (AFP) – They may have failed to actually clinch a victory in national elections, but 2017 has nonetheless proven a bumper year for Europe’s far-right parties at the ballot boxes.

Yet with success also come growing divisions, which could mar their future ambitions.

Across the continent, eurosceptics peddling anti-migration agendas have reaped historic election results this year, tapping into unease about a mass influx of asylum-seekers — many from Muslim-dominated countries.

“The far right in Europe is more popular today than it was at any time in postwar history,” said Dutch expert Cas Mudde, an associate professor at the University of Georgia.

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