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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
Hinkley Point nuclear power station in the UK. Photo: Richard Baker/Wikimedia

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  

Austria draws red line on nuclear plants
Hinkley Point nuclear power station in the UK. Photo: Richard Baker/Wikimedia

Austria draws red line on nuclear plants

Austria is not happy that the EU's planned €315 billion growth scheme could be used to fund the construction of nuclear power plants. READ  

Austria passes anti-terrorism law
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Austria passes anti-terrorism law

Austria's parliament has passed an anti-terrorism law which bans the symbols of the Islamic State group (Isis) and al-Qaeda, as well as creating the possibility of issuing travel bans on minors suspected of seeking to join Islamic radicals in the Middle East. READ  

Putin shelves South Stream pipeline project
File photo: APA

Putin shelves South Stream pipeline project

Russian President Vladimir Putin, on a visit to Turkey, has unexpectedly announced that Russia is shelving the multi-billion-euro South Stream pipeline project to deliver Russian gas to Europe, blaming the EU for throwing obstacles in its path. [Updated with OMV reaction.] READ  

Austria launches hotline for extremism
Ministers Johanna Mikl-Leitner, Sophie Karmasin, Gabriele Heinisch-Hosek and Sebastian Kurz. Photo: APA/FOHRINGER

Austria launches hotline for extremism

Austria’s government has announced a new ‘counselling centre for extremism’ and a deradicalization hotline intended to help young Muslims living in Austria from falling under the influence of jihadist recruiters and extremists. READ  

Greens want fines for too many male MPs
Greens leader Eva Glawischnig. Photo: APA

Greens want fines for too many male MPs

Austria’s Green party is campaigning to have more women in parliament and has suggested that parties with less than 50 percent female members of parliament should be fined. READ  

'Pirate' councillor found with safe full of drugs
Alexander Ofer. Photo: APA/Parigger

'Pirate' councillor found with safe full of drugs

An Innsbruck local councillor from the Austrian Pirate Party is being investigated on suspicion of drug trafficking after police raided his apartment and found 2.7 kg of cannabis stored in a safe. READ  

Austria backs giant EU investment plan
Jean-Claude Juncker. Photo: APA

Austria backs giant EU investment plan

Austria’s government has said it fully supports a €300 billion ($374 billion) European Commission investment package, designed to pull Europe out of its economic slump over the next five years. READ  

Austria's far-right 'courting' Russia
Heinz-Christian Strache. File photo: APA/HOCHMUTH

Austria's far-right 'courting' Russia

The leader of Austria’s right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), Heinz-Christian Strache, is in Moscow for a discussion on “overcoming the crisis in Europe”. READ  

Iran talks fail despite diplomatic efforts
US Secretary of State John Kerry. File Photo: APA (US-Botschaft)

Iran talks fail despite diplomatic efforts

Iran and world powers have given themselves seven more months to clinch a landmark nuclear agreement, and defuse a 12-year standoff, after missing a Monday midnight deadline for a deal. READ  

Call to counter 'radical Islam' in kindergartens
Heinz-Christian Strache (R). Photo: APA/Harald Schneider, Herbert P. Oczeret

Call to counter 'radical Islam' in kindergartens

The right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) has said it wants to be able to “counter Islamist tendencies” in Vienna’s kindergartens. READ  

 
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