Austrians Elect Left-Wing President, Italians Vote Renzi Out

Alexander Van der Bellen defeats the far right. Matteo Renzi resigns after losing a referendum.

Vienna Austria
Night falls in Vienna, Austria (Unsplash/Jacek Dylag)
  • Austrians elected the Green party’s Alexander Van der Bellen as their next president on Sunday. He defeated the far right’s Norbert Hofer with 54 to 46 percent support.
  • Italians rejected constitutional reforms in a referendum on the same day, prompting the center-left prime minister, Matteo Renzi, to resign.