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Austrian minister backs brake on benefits for EU migrants
Sebastian Kurz. Photo: ÖVP

Austrian minister backs brake on benefits for EU migrants
2 hours ago

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz wants to implement British PM David Cameron's proposed changes to child support benefits in Austria.

Gay couple cross redress
Photo: AFP

Gay couple cross redress
3 days ago

Gay-themed pedestrian traffic lights pulled from the Austrian city of Linz by a far-right politician made a triumphant comeback Friday after a political battle to have them reinstated.

Austria mulls expulsion of Greece from Schengen
Interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner. Photo: Wien Anders

Austria mulls expulsion of Greece from Schengen
January 23, 2016

Greece faced fresh pressure Saturday on its handling of the migrant crisis after Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner warned that Athens faced "temporary exclusion" from the EU's passport-free Schengen zone.

Austrian leaders rethink open door policy for refugees
Refugees arriving in Vienna last year. File photo: Kim Traill

Austrian leaders rethink open door policy for refugees
January 18, 2016

The refugee crisis will be the focus of a summit on Wednesday when Austrian state governors and leaders of the federal government meet in Vienna.

Austria to accelerate deportations
Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann. Photo: Olaf Kosinsky/Wikimedia

Austria to accelerate deportations
December 20, 2015

Austria's chancellor, Werner Faymann, made remarks on the weekend that suggest he would like to see faster processing of deportations of people who fail in their asylum bids.

Majority of Austrians 'support border fence'
Refugees in Spielfeld, Styria. File photo: APA

Majority of Austrians 'support border fence'
December 11, 2015

More than half of Austrians are in favour of a border fence to control the entry of refugees into the country, the results of a new survey show.

Austria speaks out on Saudi human rights
Kurz meeting King Salman during his visit. Photo: Sebastian Kurz

Austria speaks out on Saudi human rights
November 27, 2015

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has openly criticized Saudi Arabia over its human rights record, saying that Austria considers the death penalty to be an "inhuman punishment".

British PM in Vienna for EU reform talks
British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: gov.uk

British PM in Vienna for EU reform talks
November 26, 2015

British Prime Minister David Cameron is in Vienna on Thursday to hold talks on the UK’s planned EU referendum, as well as the refugee crisis and a new nuclear power project in Britain which Austria is opposed to.

Russia
Putin's approval soars as sanctions bite
Photo: Vladimir Putin during an annual Q&A conference | http://www.kremlin.ru | Wikimedia Commons

Putin's approval soars as sanctions bite
October 23, 2015

Western sanctions are the main reason Russian President Vladimir Putin has such a huge approval rating, and he can also blame those for the fact his economic policies are a miserable failure according to a leading economist.

Refugee crisis
Anger over police chief's call to build border fence
Refugees from Syria walking near the Austrian border with Germany. Photo: DPA.

Anger over police chief's call to build border fence
October 19, 2015

Updated: Chancellor Angela Merkel joined others in condemning the proposal by a police union chief on Sunday that Germany build a fence to block off its border with Austria.

Vienna Elections
FPÖ to take Vienna deputy mayor post
FPÖ club chairman Johann Gudenus. Photo: FPÖ

FPÖ to take Vienna deputy mayor post
October 13, 2015

After scoring its best-ever result in the Vienna state election and coming in second behind the Social Democrats (SPÖ) the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) can claim the post of deputy mayor - despite the fact that the SPÖ has pledged not to form a coalition with them.

Vienna Elections
Parties analyse Vienna election results
Vienna mayor Michael Häupl speaking on Sunday evening. Photo: ORF

Parties analyse Vienna election results
October 12, 2015

Political parties in Vienna are analysing the results of Sunday’s state election - which saw the Social Democrats (SPÖ) retain power in their traditional fiefdom and the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) post its best-ever result in the capital.

Vienna Elections

SPÖ clear winner in Vienna election
October 11, 2015

The centre-left SPÖ has won the Vienna state election but the far-right Freedom Party has made significant gains and recorded its best ever result in the capital.

Vienna Elections

Could far-right leader conquer 'red' Vienna?
October 09, 2015

Boosted by a surge in popularity in the wake of Europe's refugee crisis, the leader of Austria's far-right Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, hopes to finally break the Socialists' 70-year reign in Vienna in Sunday's regional election.

Vienna Elections
Greens win 'Pass Egal' vote in Vienna
Photo: ORF

Greens win 'Pass Egal' vote in Vienna
October 07, 2015

The Green party has won a symbolic election held in Vienna on Tuesday, in which non-Austrians resident in Vienna cast their vote ahead of the real election on Sunday.

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