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Number of foreigners in Vienna up 49 percent
Vienna's markets show how multicultural the city has become. Photo: Gugerell/Wikimedia

Number of foreigners in Vienna up 49 percent

July 27, 2015

The number of non-Austrians living in Vienna has risen by 49 percent in eight years, recent statistics show. Political parties are now considering not only how to tackle the theme of immigration but also how to appeal to foreign citizens, ahead of local elections in October.

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Schäuble 'destroying the European idea'
Angela Merkel in the Bundestag on Friday. Photo: DPA

Schäuble 'destroying the European idea'

July 17, 2015

German lawmakers gave Chancellor Angela Merkel the green light to negotiate a new bailout deal for Greece as EU members approved on Friday a 7-billion-euro bridge loan for the cash-strapped state.

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MPs vote in favour of Greece bailout deal
Austrian parliament. Photo: Manfred Werner/Wikipedia

MPs vote in favour of Greece bailout deal

July 17, 2015

Update: After a heated debate the Austrian parliament has voted in favour of allowing negotiations on Greece’s €86 billion bailout deal - despite arguments against it from the opposition.

Carinthia seeks damages from Haider family
Jörg Haider. Photo: Press photo/Wikimedia

Carinthia seeks damages from Haider family

June 11, 2015

The Austrian state of Carinthia has filed a lawsuit against the family of far-right politician and former governor Jörg Haider, who died in a car crash in 2008.

Hundreds plan to protest against asylum policy

June 09, 2015

Hundreds of people are planning to protest against Austria’s asylum policy in Vienna later today.

Burgenland gets SPÖ and FPÖ coalition

June 05, 2015

The Social Democrats (SPÖ) and the right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) have announced that a coalition government in Burgenland has now been finalised.

Historic election gains for FPÖ in Styria

June 01, 2015

The Social Democrats (SPÖ) and conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) have been left licking their wounds after a historic drubbing in Styria's state elections on Sunday. The right-wing Freedom Party made significant gains, increasing its share of the vote by 16,3 percent.

Austria calls for EU-wide refugee quota

May 05, 2015

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann on Monday called for an EU-wide quota to help accommodate the thousands of refugees reaching Europe's southern shores by boat and prevent further deaths.

Cracks in Merkel coalition after spy claims

May 05, 2015

A widening scandal over claims Germany helped the US spy on European targets triggered tensions in Angela Merkel's coalition on Tuesday, which analysts said could potentially prove dangerous for the "untouchable" chancellor.

Italy releases accused Austrian 'terrorist'

April 16, 2015

A Turkish-born Austrian citizen who was arrested in Italy on charges relating to terrorism offences in Turkey has been released.

Nazi salute suspects identified from demo

April 16, 2015

Four suspects captured on camera making Nazi salutes during Austria's first PEGIDA demonstration on February 2nd have been identified by police.

'Jihadists posing as refugees'

March 21, 2015

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.

SPÖ wins back Klagenfurt mayor seat

March 16, 2015

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

Greek exit mooted by German finance minister

March 14, 2015

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.

Strache defends inviting Wilders to Hofburg

March 11, 2015

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”.

 
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