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'Jihadists posing as refugees'
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'Jihadists posing as refugees'

European Union counter-terrorism chief Gilles de Kerchove on Friday called for greater vigilance by EU borders agency Frontex, saying jihadists could infiltrate posing as refugees. READ  

SPÖ wins back Klagenfurt mayor seat
Maria-Luise Mathiaschitz. Photo: APA/EGGENBERGER

SPÖ wins back Klagenfurt mayor seat

The Social Democratic party (SPÖ) has won the mayoral election in Klagenfurt, Carinthia, with 53 percent of the vote. READ  

Greek exit mooted by German finance minister
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Greek exit mooted by German finance minister

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble said Friday a disorderly Greek exit from the eurozone could not be excluded if Athens fails to reach a deal with its international creditors. READ  

Strache defends inviting Wilders to Hofburg
Geert Wilders. Photo: EPA/EVERT-JAN DANIELS

Strache defends inviting Wilders to Hofburg

The leader of Austria’s populist Freedom Party, Heinz-Christian Strache, has defended his invitation to the controversial Dutch politician Geert Wilders to speak in Vienna, saying that he is an “interesting European politician”. READ  

Former finance minister to 'modernise' Ukraine
Michael Spindelegger. Photo: APA/Fohringer

Former finance minister to 'modernise' Ukraine

Austria’s former finance minister Michael Spindelegger, who resigned last year over tax reform, has a new job as director of the Agency for the Modernization of Ukraine (AMU) it was announced on Tuesday. READ  

Far-right leader sues ORF over gay claim
Heinz-Christian Strache. File photo: APA/JAEGER

Far-right leader sues ORF over gay claim

The leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) is suing the Austrian National Broadcaster (ORF) after a television soap opera it broadcasts suggested he is gay. READ  

Former far-right man lends Pegida support
Ewald Stadler. Photo: APA/PFARRHOFER

Former far-right man lends Pegida support

Former far-right Austrian politician Ewald Stadler has voiced his support for Germany’s “anti-Islamization” movement Pegida, and has said he would be prepared to offer legal advice to Pegida members in Germany and Austria, who are afraid of being criminalized. READ  

Austria's health minister confirms she has cancer
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Austria's health minister confirms she has cancer

Austria’s Health Minister, Sabine Oberhauser (SPÖ), has been diagnosed with abdominal cancer. In a press release she announced that she will start chemotherapy on Friday and that her doctors have said she has a good chance of making a full recovery. READ  

Russian nationalist's vision for Austria
Austrian President Heinz Fischer meeting Russian President Putin in June. Photo: APA/JAEGER

Russian nationalist's vision for Austria

In an interview with a Hungarian news website the Russian nationalist philosopher Aleksandr Dugin has spoken about his vision of a Russian-led Eurasian Union - which would include Austria, as well as Hungary, Romania, Serbia and Slovakia. READ  

Saudi Arabia 'not pleased' with Austria
The KAICIID headquarters in Vienna. Photo: APA/Neubauer

Saudi Arabia 'not pleased' with Austria

Saudi Arabia is reportedly outraged by the debate around a religious dialogue centre it has financed in Vienna, according to diplomatic insiders quoted in Austrian media. READ  

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'The age of financial privacy is over'
Unsuspecting Americans have been hit hard by FATCA. Photo: Shutterstock

'The age of financial privacy is over'

Jonathan Weiss hasn’t lived in the US for 25 years. But that didn’t keep his foreign bank account from being frozen in the wake of new US tax laws. Find out how you can avoid the same fate at the hands of FATCA. READ  

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Greek election upset ripples reach Vienna
Greek elections in 2014. File photo: Ververidis Vasilis / Shutterstock

Greek election upset ripples reach Vienna

The Greek elections over the weekend saw the emergence of a new force in Greek politics, the Syriza party. The Local's correspondent Faye Karavasili analyzed the results, and looks at the views of some of the young Greek diaspora living in Vienna. READ  

Austria's response to the Russian bear
Austrian President Heinz Fischer meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in June. Photo: APA/ROBERT JAEGER

Austria's response to the Russian bear

Gustav Gressel is Visiting Fellow on the Wider Europe Programme with the European Council on Foreign Relations. In this feature, he looks at the Austrian views on how Europe as a whole should respond to Russia, especially in the light of its unacknowledged war on its European neighbour, Ukraine. READ  

Austria prepares lawsuit over UK nuclear plant

Austria is preparing legal action against the European Commission’s decision to allow billions of euros of subsidies for the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in the UK. READ  

Jailed ex-interior minister granted day release
Strasser in court. Photo: APA/JAEGER

Jailed ex-interior minister granted day release

Austria’s former interior minister Ernst Strasser, who is serving a prison sentence for accepting bribes, has landed a consultancy job and been granted day release after serving just eight weeks of a three year sentence. READ  

 
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