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Austria in EU talks to extend border controls
Austrian police officers at the Austrian-Hungarian border crossing. Photo: AFP

Austria said on Saturday it was in talks with the European Union's executive body to extend border controls brought in last year to help stem the migrant flow.

Tense talks as Italy fumes over Austria migrant 'slap'
ROBERTO TOMASI /EPA

Italy and Austria were set for showdown talks Thursday as Italian politicians and media reacted furiously to Vienna's new anti-migrant measures that could close the border between the two countries.

UN chief slams 'increasingly restrictive' refugee policies
Wikimedia/Remy Steinegger

UN chief Ban Ki-moon hit out on Thursday at what he called "increasingly restrictive" refugee policies in Europe as the continent faces its worst migrant crisis in decades.

Austria prepares to build 400 metre fence on Italian border
ROBERTO TOMASI /EPA

Austria is making preparations to build a 400-metre-long fence at its Brenner border with Italy which will be erected if Italy does not cooperate, according to regional police.

Demonstrators face pepper spray over Brenner pass
Austrian riot police clash with mostly Italian protestors at the Brenner Pass on Sunday. Photo: EPA/JAN HETFLEISCH

Hundreds of Italian demonstrators on Sunday faced off with similar numbers of Austrian police at the border between the two countries in the latest sign of tensions arising from Europe's migrant crisis.

Survey: Could Brits in Europe put the brakes on Brexit?
ANDY RAIN/EPA

How will Brits abroad vote in the "Brexit" referendum? The Local surveyed more than 2,700 people across Europe to find out.

Austrian bishop refuses refugee fence on Church land
Migrants wait for a bus in Moschendorf in Sept 201

An Austrian bishop refused on Thursday to allow parts of a planned anti-migrant fence on the country's southern border with Hungary to be built on Church land.

Why the Queen should return to Austria after 50 years
Youtube screenshot/British Pathé

In celebration of the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth’s 90th birthday today, The Local Austria has dug up an old British Pathé newsreel that documented her last visit to Austria back in 1969.

Police to deploy 300 officers at Austrian border protest
JAN HETFLEISCH/EPA

Italian police are planning to deploy 300 officers at pro-refugee protest taking place this weekend at the Brenner border with Austria.

'Border controls will stem migrant flow via Italy': Austria
Austria will step up controls at the Brenner pass with Italy, unless the number of arrivals falls drastically. Photo: Raul Alejandro Rodriguez

Italy says controls could cost its food industry alone some €10 billion.

Suspect in American au-pair murder case: ‘I’m innocent’
American Lauren M. Photo: Facebook/Private

A man suspected of murdering an American au-pair in Vienna has denied any wrongdoing and told police interrogators he was not even in the city when the murder took place.

Warnings of 'a second Idomeni' at Brenner pass
KOSTAS TSIRONIS/EPA

Austria's introduction of border controls at the Brenner border with Italy could result in a “second Idomeni” being created, a German politician warned yesterday.

Major terrorism trial resumes in Graz
A YouTube screenshot of Mirsad O.

The trial of an Islamic preacher accused of recruiting and murdering for the terrorist group ISIS has resumed today in Graz.

It's a 'spike', not an invasion
Italian Foreign Minister Paolo Gentiloni (R) speaks during a press conference with deputy head of the Presidential Council, Ahmed Maiteeq (L), in Tripoli, Libya, 12 April 2016. Photo: EPA/STRINGER

Italy insisted Friday it was not facing an "invasion" after a spike in migrant boat crossings from Libya exacerbated fears the country is on the verge of becoming the main entry point for people trying to reach Europe.

Russian intelligence distort meeting leaks
Austrian Minister of Defense Hans Peter Doskozil (2-L), Police Director Josef Klamminger (3-L) and Chief of Defence Staff and General Othmar Commenda (1-L). Photo: EPA/MARIJA KANIZAJ

A high level meeting between Austria and Russia was secretly recorded by Russian spies, according to a report in the Kurier newspaper.

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