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Austrian court annuls presidential election result
Could this man be soon unemployed? Photo: Facebook/VanderBellen/Niko Ostermann

Austria's Constitutional Court has called for a total re-run of the recent presidential election.

Brexit
The burning questions for British expats about Brexit
Photo: Wikimedia

For expats who have chosen to take full advantage of the European Union freedom of movement and make their home in Austria, the questions about the effects of a Brexit just keep mounting.

Lower Austrian swimming pool bans burqinis
A woman wearing a burqini. Photo: Wikimedia/Giorgio Montersino

Burqinis (the full head-to-ankle swimsuit worn by some Muslim women) have now been banned from a swimming pool in the town of Hainfeld in Lower Austria - by order of the council.

Update: Austria must redo presidential election
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

Austria's Constitutional Court has announced that the country must redo May's presidential election, after a challenge brought by the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) against its candidate's narrow defeat.

Op ed
Expert warns Islam in Austria is anti-Western
Ibrahim Olgun, a 28-year-old Austrian-born Islamic theologian. Photo: IGGIÖ

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He writes on his perspective of the increasing influence of Turkish Islam in Austria. Republished with kind permission from the Gatestone Institute, in whose journal this article originally appeared.

Kurz: Refugee policy caused Brexit
Kurz with Ethiopian foreign minister Tedros Adhanom. Photo: Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Austria's Foreign Minister has blamed the EU's disastrous refugee policy as the reason for Brexit, and believes the issue may spell the end of the union.

Outrage at van with Nazi slogan in Graz
Photo: Name withheld by request

A white van, with a banner reading 'Heil Hitler' on its rear window, has provoked a backlash in Graz, Austria's second-largest city.

Kurz: EU migration policy a “dramatic failure”
Sebastian Kurz. File photo: BMEIA

Austria’s Foreign Minister, Sebastian Kurz, has warned that the refugee crisis could break the European Union apart.

Features
Opinion
Why we are part of the Brexit problem - and what to do
Photo: AFP

It’s been a long night, and for those of us Brits who have made our lives elsewhere in Europe, it will be a long road ahead writes The Local's managing editor James Savage.

Travel
What to do in 72 hours in Vienna
Photo: Pixabay/Creative Commons

Scottish travel blogger Megan Conway on how to experience the best of the Austrian capital.

Some of Austria's prettiest towns and villages
Photo: Johann Jaritz/wikimedia

Although the Austrian capital Vienna holds the top spot for quality of life year after year, sometimes one just needs to get out of the city and go explore nature.

Austrian reported for 'forgetting' dog in hot car
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With temperatures steadily climbing in Austria, an animal rescue charity is warning pet owners not to leave their dogs alone in cars under any circumstances.

Five unwritten rules about cake in Austria
Photo: Hotel Sacher

With Dunkin Donuts soon shutting its doors in Austria, The Local has some ideas about why they struggled to find fans in the country.

More news
No work for Vienna’s fiaker horses during heatwaves
Photo: Paul Gillingwater

The Austrian parliament is set to pass a new law making it illegal for fiaker carriage horses to work in temperatures of 35C and above.

Firefighters rescue cat from car engine
Photo: FF Amstetten

Firemen were called out to help this trapped cat after a squeaking noise from the engine compartment was discovered to be a moggy in distress.

Two teens sexually assaulted at music festival
A picture from the festival in 2014. Photo: Luca Sartoni/Flickr

Two 15-year-old girls were reportedly sexually assaulted during Donauinselfest, an open-air, free music festival in Vienna.

Bank manager tied up and robbed in home invasion
The affluent Döbling district of Vienna. Photo: Gryffindor/wikimedia commons

It is the third burglary of this kind in Vienna this year...

Despite high unemployment restaurants can't find staff
File photo: David Mulder/Flickr

"Closed today - no staff but over 500,000 unemployed people. Sorry!" one frustrated restaurant owner wrote on a sign outside his business.

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Opinion
Brexit voters ‘misinformed’ on Swiss relations with EU
The Swiss president meets with European leaders on the first Gotthard train. Photo: Ruben Sprich/AFP

Leave campaigners calling for Britain to be like Switzerland did not truly understand Switzerland’s relationship with the EU, one commentator tells The Local.

Germany says 'won't let anyone take Europe from us'
Steinmeier called the European Union “a successful project of peace and stability”. Photo: DPA

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Saturday that the EU would weather the shock of the British vote to leave the union as he convened crisis talks.

Danes with foreign spouses to be hit by new restriction
Some 200,000 Danes living abroad could be impacted by the new rule. Photo: Iris

Danes and their foreign spouses will now have a much harder time living in Denmark.

Brexit
How Brexit could now shatter dreams of buying in Spain
Photo: AFP

Dreaming of retiring to the Spanish coast? You might have missed your chance.

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