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Tax reform top of new finance minister's list
Schelling (L), with ÖVP head Mitterlehner (C), and the Secretary of State for Science and Business Mahrer. Photo: APA/Rubra

Tax reform top of new finance minister's list

Hans Jörg Schelling of the conservative People's Party (ÖVP), is Austria’s new finance minister. He was formerly the head of the umbrella organization of health insurances (Hauptverband). READ  

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Spindelegger: Defeated by tax reform
Michael Spindelegger. Photo: APA/Schlager

Spindelegger: Defeated by tax reform

Former Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger resigned on Tuesday after eight months in the role, over differences within the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP) over how to overhaul Austria's tax system and reduce its debt. What will his legacy be? READ  

Reactions to election of new party leader mixed
Reactions to Reinhold Mitterlehner have been mixed. Photo: APA

Reactions to election of new party leader mixed

With the sudden resignation of conservative Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) leader Michael Spindelegger, the party wasted no time in electing Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner to the position, leading to mixed reactions from the other parties, as well as comments from Austria's president. READ  

Right-wing FPÖ tops Austrian election poll
Heinz-Christian Strache's FPÖ party had the most support. Photo: APA/Schlager

Right-wing FPÖ tops Austrian election poll

If national elections were held in Austria now, the opposition right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ) would be in first place. This was according to a poll by the 'market institute', published in the online edition of the newspaper Der Standard on Tuesday. READ  

People's Party select Mitterlehner as leader
Reinhold Mitterlehner has been selected as new leader of the ÖVP. Photo: APA

People's Party select Mitterlehner as leader

Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner is Austria's new vice chancellor and the leader of the conservative People's Party (ÖVP). READ  

Controversial Bilderberg meeting slated for Tyrol
Likely venue of Bilderberger 2015. Photo: Interalpen Hotel

Controversial Bilderberg meeting slated for Tyrol

The annual conference of the controversial Bilderberg Group meeting will take place in Austria in 2015, according to a report from the Global Research newsletter. READ  

Faymann expects stable coalition post resignation
Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann. Photo: APA (Fohringer)

Faymann expects stable coalition post resignation

After the resignation of the head of the conservative Austrian People's Party politician Michael Spindelegger as Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor, senior coalition partner and Chancellor Werner Fayman sees no problems with the health of the coalition government. READ  

Call for Austrian ban on Isis symbols
Johanna Mikl-Leitner. Photo: APA/HANS PUNZ

Call for Austrian ban on Isis symbols

Austria’s Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner (ÖVP) has said that she wants to ban membership of the terrorist organisation Islamic State (Isis) and prohibit the wearing of Isis symbols as soon as possible. READ  

Austrian Finance Minister quits over tax reform
Michael Spindelegger. Photo: APA/Schlager

Austrian Finance Minister quits over tax reform

Austria’s Finance Minister and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger has resigned, after persistent criticism from his People's Party (ÖVP). READ  

Chancellor calls for end to religious tensions
Chancellor Werner Faymann (Centre) with religious leaders. Photo: APA/ROLAND SCHLAGER

Chancellor calls for end to religious tensions

Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann called for peace and tolerance after meeting religious leaders on Monday amid mounting tensions highlighted by an attack against an Israeli football team last month. READ  

Fischer criticizes Israel over Gaza
Photo: APA (BUNDESHEER/PETER LECHNER)

Fischer criticizes Israel over Gaza

Austrian President Heinz Fischer has criticised Israel's course of action in the Gaza strip. READ  

Bures to be Austria's speaker of parliament
Doris Bures. Photo: APA/HERBERT NEUBAUER

Bures to be Austria's speaker of parliament

The Social Democrat's (SPÖ) committee board is due to confirm Infrastructure Minister Doris Bures as the new speaker of the Austrian parliament, as well as the subsequent cabinet reshuffle. READ  

Gnome-napping spree shocks Austria's SPÖ
The SPÖ's 'Coolmen' garden gnomes. Photo: APA/dietmar stiplovsek

Gnome-napping spree shocks Austria's SPÖ

Four hundred garden gnomes belonging to the Social Democrats (SPÖ) in Vorarlberg have gone missing - amid suspicions they were kidnapped by political rivals the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP). READ  

Kurz advocates neutrality for Ukraine
Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz. Photo: APA/GEORG HOCHMUTH

Kurz advocates neutrality for Ukraine

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz says that neutrality could work for Ukraine as a long-term solution. READ  

Spindelegger calls for army reform
Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger. Photo: APA (epa)

Spindelegger calls for army reform

Leader of the conservative People's Party (ÖVP), Finance Minister Michael Spindelegger, has caused tension between the coalition parties by calling for a financial reform of the Austrian army. READ  

 
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