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Austria boosts anti-terrorism measures

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19:25 CEST+02:00
The Austrian government plans to step up its fight against Islamic terrorist organizations such as Isis, by extending laws against sedition.

These laws will only be applied if ten or fewer persons are involved.

Dual citizens will lose their Austrian passport, should they engage in combat.

At a joint press conference on Monday morning, Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner, Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner and Justice Minister Wolfgang Brandstetter - all members of the Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) - also announced that the Badges Act would be toughened.

Insignias of organizations such as Al Qaeda and Isis cannot be publicly displayed.

Additionally, minors will only be allowed to leave the EU with the consent of parents or guardians.

Although the new packet of measures was presented only by ÖVP ministers, Mitterlehner assumes they will be accepted.

Chancellery Minister Josef Ostermayer (SPÖ) has already been informed about the measures.

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