Despite the permeation of nationalistic, right-wing sentiment in Europe, the victory over Austria's far-right candidate in its presidential elections this weekend show there is hope yet.
However, the results were worryingly close.
The following Statista graph, based on the exit polls as of 1000 GMT on Monday, shows just how close the race got:
Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green party member, ran as an independent candidate and won by a minute margin – some 30,000 votes out of the 4.6 million ballots cast– against rival and leader of the far-right wing Freedom Party, Norbert Hofer.
Alexander Van der Bellen
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Since the exit polls came out, the final result figures have changed slightly, but what remains the same is Van der Bellen's knife-edge victory: