• Alexander Van der Bellen winner of Austria's presidential election waves to his supporters in Vienna, Austria, Monday, May 23, 2016. Left-leaning candidate Alexander Van der Bellen won the election to become Austrian president Monday, but his right-wing rival was only narrowly behind, a result that reflects the growing strength of Europe's anti-EU political movements.  (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Tight Austrian presidential election reveals a split nation

    VIENNA (AP) — A pro-European Union candidate eked out a victory Monday over a right-wing, anti-migrant rival to become Austria’s next president, in a tight contest viewed Europe-wide as a proxy fight pitting the continent’s political center against its growingly strong populist and anti-establishment movements.

  • In this picture taken Thursday, May 19, 2016, a man walks past election posters of Alexander van der Bellen, candidate for the presidential elections and former head of the Austrian Greens, right, and Norbert Hofer, candidate for presidential elections of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party, FPOE, left, in Vienna, Austria, Thursday, May 19, 2016. Austrians will vote a new president on Sunday, May 22. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)

    Absentee ballot count to decide dead-heat Austrian election

    VIENNA (AP) — With all direct ballots counted in Austria’s presidential election Sunday, a right-wing politician was in a statistical dead heat with a challenger whose views stand in direct opposition to his rival’s anti-immigrant and Eurosceptic message.