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Scottish councillor's Austrian commute
Fife council headquarters in Glenrothes. Photo: McWesty/Wikimedia

Scottish councillor's Austrian commute

According to a report in The Scotsman newspaper, a Scottish National Party councillor called Arthur Morrison attended only seven out of the 47 meetings for the committee on which he serves last year. His excuse? He lives in Austria. READ  

FPÖ in hot water over election posters
Manfred Haimbuchner. Photo: APA

FPÖ in hot water over election posters

Austrian singer and entertainer Rainhard Fendrich has threatened to sue Upper Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ) for ripping off the lyrics from his popular I Am From Austria song. READ  

'Italy is an occupying power'
Tyrolean separatists see parallels with Scotland
The town of Tirol in South Tyrol, Italy. Photo: Tappeiner/Wikimedia

Tyrolean separatists see parallels with Scotland

In South Tyrol, Italy's German-speaking northern region, Teutonic efficiency meets Italian flair in a seemingly blissful union of lederhosen, "La Dolce Vita" and idyllic scenery. But for some, life is not so sweet. READ  

Kurz warns of 'new cold war' over Ukraine
Photo: APA (Hochmuth)

Kurz warns of 'new cold war' over Ukraine

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (People's Party/ÖVP) has warned of a new cold war between the East and the West because of the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. READ  

3,000 new Kindergarten places announced
Photo: APA (Archiv/epa)

3,000 new Kindergarten places announced

On Tuesday, Family Minister Sophie Karmasin of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) announced that the government would be creating an additional 3,000 Kindergarten places, at a cost to the state of €98 million over the next four years. READ  

Bures to be appointed First Speaker of Parliament
Doris Bures. Photo: APA (Archiv/Schlager)

Bures to be appointed First Speaker of Parliament

Minister of Infrastructure Doris Bures (Social Democrats/SPÖ) is due to follow deceased Barbara Prammer as First Speaker of the National Council, the first chamber of parliament. This was reported by the news daily "Kronen Zeitung" on Saturday. READ  

Austrian province wants Swiss nuclear power halt
Mühleberg nuclear plant. Photo: BKW FMB Energie AG

Austrian province wants Swiss nuclear power halt

The head of the regional Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) in Voralberg, Roland Frühstück, wants to exert pressure on the Swiss government to speed up decommissioning of its aging nuclear power reactors due to concerns over safety. READ  

Austria won't send weapons to Iraq
Sebastian Kurz. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Austria won't send weapons to Iraq

Austria's foreign minister Sebastien Kurz announced on Friday that the Central European country will not permit export of any Austrian weapons to Iraq. READ  

Russian import ban has cost Austria millions
Photo: APA (Schlager)

Russian import ban has cost Austria millions

According to initial estimates, so far the Russian import ban on foods from the EU has cost the Austrian agri-food sector €4.5 million. READ  

FPÖ demands answers on illegal dual citizenship
Dr. Dagmar Belakowitsch-Jenewein. Photo: FPÖ

FPÖ demands answers on illegal dual citizenship

The far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) has tabled a question in parliament about the alleged situation with possibly tens of thousands of Turkish residents who illegally retain their Turkish citizenship after becoming Austrian citizens. READ  

Austria's army 'needs more money'
Austrian soldiers. Photo: BUNDESHEER/GUNTER PUSCH

Austria's army 'needs more money'

The conservative People's Party's (ÖVP) military spokesman Bernd Schönegger has said that he wants to support the Minister of Defence Gerald Klug (Social Democrats/SPÖ), in demanding more money for the Austrian army. READ  

Erdogan wins with 80 percent of Austrian Turks
Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Photo: Oliver Berg/dpa

Erdogan wins with 80 percent of Austrian Turks

Recep Tayyip Erdogan secured his place in history as Turkey's first directly elected president on Sunday, sweeping more than half the vote in a result his opponents fear heralds an increasingly authoritarian state. READ  

Farmers 'will need EU aid after sanctions'
Minister for Agriculture Andrä Rupprechter. Photo: APA/Schlager

Farmers 'will need EU aid after sanctions'

Minister for Agriculture Andrä Rupprechter (People's Party/ÖVP) has said the European Union should help Austrian farmers who suffer financial losses due to EU sanctions over Russia. READ  

Gaza protest investigated for hate speech
Photo: APA/HANS PUNZ

Gaza protest investigated for hate speech

Pro-Palestinian protesters who staged a 'flash-mob' style theatrical protest over the weekend in Vienna are under investigation for hate speech. READ  

Austria not exempt from Russian retaliation
President Fischer receiving President Putin. Photo: APA/HERBERT NEUBAUER

Austria not exempt from Russian retaliation

As EU leaders such as Germany's Angela Merkel call for a ceasefire in the Ukraine conflict, Russia has announced its own retaliatory sanctions against EU and US food exports. READ  

 
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