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Celebrating immigration with fashion
Iulia (left) and Andra, wearing one of their scarves. Photo: canajvisuals.com

Celebrating immigration with fashion

Iulia Mugescu is a young entrepreneur from Romania, who has lived in Vienna for over five years. Together with fellow Romanian Andra Slaats she founded Younited Cultures, a Vienna-based social enterprise that designs and produces fashion accessories to raise awareness about the value immigrants bring to Austrian society. READ  

Billionaire has debts of €65 million
Lugner and his wife Cathy with photos of Elisabetta Canalis. Photo: APA/NEUBAUER

Billionaire has debts of €65 million

Austrian entrepreneur and society figure Richard Lugner, who made billions from the construction industry, has admitted to being €65 million in debt, and says he is struggling to find an heir to take over his business. READ  

Thousand-strong crowd for Vienna 'kiss demo'
Rainbow flags were held aloft at the gathering on the Ringstrasse.

Thousand-strong crowd for Vienna 'kiss demo'

As many as 2,000 people gathered opposite Vienna’s Cafe Prückel on a Friday evening, to peacefully protest against homophobia and intolerance after a young lesbian couple were thrown out of the traditional cafe last week for kissing each other in greeting. READ  

A portrait of modern Austria in ten stats
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A portrait of modern Austria in ten stats

Quality of life is known to be high in Austria and the Alpine nation has registered economic growth each year since 2009. But issues such as increasing immigration and creeping unemployment mean this traditionally Catholic country is starting to change. Here's how. READ  

Cafe boss 'sorry' for kicking lesbians out
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Cafe boss 'sorry' for kicking lesbians out

The boss of Cafe Prückel on Vienna’s Ringstrasse has apologized for having thrown a lesbian couple out for kissing last week, after a storm of protest erupted on social media and made headlines around the world. READ  

Austria declares ban on gay adoption illegal
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Austria declares ban on gay adoption illegal

Austria’s highest court has lifted a ban on same sex couples adopting children, the court’s president Gerhart Holzinger announced on Wednesday. READ  

Lesbians thrown out of Vienna cafe for kissing
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Lesbians thrown out of Vienna cafe for kissing

Campaign groups are organising a “kissing protest” outside Vienna’s Cafe Prückel after a lesbian couple were thrown out of the traditional 1950s-design cafe on Stubenring for kissing. READ  

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Half of Austrians believe Islam a 'threat'
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Half of Austrians believe Islam a 'threat'

A new survey carried out in December and published on Saturday by Der Standard newspaper shows that more than half (51 percent) of the respondents say that Islam is a threat to Austrian society. READ  

Vienna police crack down on slot machines
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Vienna police crack down on slot machines

Police in Vienna have carried out their first major crackdown on illegal slot machines, following a recent change in the law, and have confiscated around 50 machines. READ  

Police thwart attempted 'suicide by cop'
Symbolic photo: APA

Police thwart attempted 'suicide by cop'

An unemployed 36-year-old Lower Austrian man with personal problems attempted 'suicide by cop' on Wednesday night, however police weren't willing to cooperate. READ  

Tougher penalties sought for animal cruelty
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Tougher penalties sought for animal cruelty

Austrian animal rights activists and politicians are calling for tougher sentences for animal cruelty - saying that the current penalty of up to one year in prison is not a strong enough deterrent. READ  

Three Kings bring Epiphany to Austria
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Three Kings bring Epiphany to Austria

The Local Austria wishes our readers a happy "Heilige drei Könige" on Tuesday, which is a bank holiday in the country. Watch out for Sternsinger - children traveling around, dressed as the Three Magi and singing Christmas hymns. We also wish our Orthodox readers a Merry Christmas! READ  

Austrian cop denied right to carry gun off-duty
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Austrian cop denied right to carry gun off-duty

According to an official ruling of the Tyrolean Provincial Administrative Court just before Christmas, police officers in that state do not automatically have the right to carry a gun when off-duty, even if they feel threatened. READ  

Woman walks dog while sitting in her Mercedes
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Woman walks dog while sitting in her Mercedes

Animal rights activists in the Lower Austrian town of Kottingbrunn are incensed at the actions of a woman who was caught walking her dog on Boxing Day -- while sitting behind the wheel of her luxury Mercedes, according to a report in the tabloid Heute. READ  

Your top stories of 2014
Conchita Wurst, winner of ESC 2014. Photo: APA (EPA/HERBERT NEUBAUER)

Your top stories of 2014

Which stories generated the most interest in Austria? The Local takes a look back at the most popular stories in each of the eight months of its brief existence. READ  

 
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