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Austria and Hungary meet to discuss refugee policy
Refugees cook dinner at the Hungarian border with Serbia. Photo: UNHCR/Zsolt Balla

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern is travelling to Budapest today for talks with the Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban over refugee policies.

Human trafficking gang busted in Europe
Photo: LPD Salzburg

Austrian police said Monday that an international operation has smashed an alleged people-smuggling ring suspected of illegally bringing more than 1,000 people from Hungary into western Europe over the past year.

Rampage shocks Munich leaving nine dead
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Elite German police were hunting for gunmen who went on a shooting rampage at a busy mall in Munich, killing eight people in cold blood in the third attack on civilians in Europe in barely a week.

Brexit predicted to cut growth in Austria by 0.5%
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Austria’s Institute for Advanced Studies (IHS) announced today that Britain’s decision to leave the EU is expected to cut economic growth in Austria by half a percent by 2020.

Austria summons Turkey's ambassador following protest
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Austria’s Foreign Ministry summons the ambassador for Turkey to discuss the crackdown in the country following the failed coup against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

South Tyrol braces for outcome of Austrian election
Arno Kompatscher, the governor of South Tyrol. Photo: Gustav Hofer

The migrant situation at the Brenner crossing point is not as intense as it was in 2015, Arno Kompatscher, the governor of South Tyrol, said on Wednesday. But that could change if Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party claims victory in the country’s upcoming presidential election re-run.

Erdoğan supporters told to keep politics out of Austria
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Austrian politicians tell supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan to keep Turkish politics off the streets of Vienna.

Austria: Revival of Turkish death penalty 'unacceptable'
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Austria's foreign minister describes death penalty proposals following failed Turkish coup as "absolutely unacceptable".

Hollande cancels tour of Austria
Flowers and candles outside French embassy in Vienna. Photo: Paul Gillingwater

French President Francois Hollande cancelled part of a European tour aimed at discussing the fall-out from Britain's vote to leave the EU, after the latest terror attack to strike the country, the presidency said Saturday.

Jihad recruiter sentenced to 20 years in Austria
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A Muslim preacher at the centre of an Austrian jihad propaganda network was sentenced to 20 years in jail on Wednesday for recruiting young fighters to the Islamic State group.

Swede survives 70 metre fall in Austrian Alps

A Swedish woman has been flown to hospital with serious injuries after she slipped and fell while hill walking in the Austrian Alps.

Austrians block the building of border fences
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Plans to build fences between Slovenia and Austria have come up against fierce opposition from locals who are refusing to allow the government to build on their land.

Austrian far-right 'playing with fire' over EU referendum
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Austria's far-right candidate in the October presidential election is "playing with fire" with talk of an EU membership referendum, his challenger told media Friday, vowing to tackle him over the issue in the campaign.

Asylum applications continue to fall in Austria
UNHCR/Archilleas Zavallis

The number of asylum applications received in Austria dropped by around 40% in May, compared to the same month last year.

Border controls cause row between Austria and Hungary
Rotes Kreuz

Hungarian authorities have come under fire from Austria’s Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka after they began checking people crossing the border from Austria into Hungary.

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