Austria's Chancellor Christian Kern has denied that Austria is a country full of racists, ahead of the upcoming presidential election which could see the far-right candidate win.

In an interview with Italian TV station RAI 3 the Social Democrat leader said that not everybody who decides to vote for Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party (FPÖ) is necessarily a supporter of far-right ideology.

"People will vote because of what they are afraid of," he said, adding that if the right-wing does gain political power in Europe, then much will be at risk. Pointing to the rise in support for the US presidential candidate Donald Trump and the French right-wing populist Marine Le Pen he said that "people are choosing to vote against the establishment".

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