Austria

Croatia, creditors tailor emergency measures to save tottering giant

Croatia's tottering retail and food giant Agrokor reached an agreement with its creditors, putting its debts standby and allowing it to continue working during emergency restructuring, the Croatian branch of Austria's Erste Bank said Friday.

Austria plans to leave EU refugee relocation agreement

Austria is planning to withdraw from an EU agreement to divide asylum seekers between countries in the bloc, government officials said Monday.

Austrian minister balks at refugee relocations from Italy

Austria should not admit any asylum seekers from Italy under the EU relocation programme, Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said Thursday, pointing to the large number that his country has already taken in.

Austrian minister wants welfare benefits curtailed for EU migrants

EU countries should restrict social benefits for migrants from other member states to prevent the abuse of welfare systems, Austrian Foreign and Integration Minister Sebastian Kurz said Sunday.

Turkey's EU accession is 'unthinkable,' Austrian ministry paper says

Austria believes that that Turkey should never become part of the European Union, considering the country's increasingly repressive politics, according to a policy document from the Austrian Foreign Ministry.

Austrian parliament launches inquiry into Eurofighter deal

Austria's acquisition of Eurofighter jets will be scrutinized by a parliamentary inquiry after new allegations about inflated pricing and graft have surfaced.

Turkish law prohibits campaigning abroad - as row with Europe deepens

Turkish law prohibits election campaigning outside the country. Despite this, the Turkish government has become deeply enmeshed in a battle with European countries, especially Germany, over bans on rallies in several towns.

EU conducts anti-trust probe against paper companies

The European Union is investigating packaging paper manufacturers Mondi and BillerudKorsnas as part of an anti-trust probe, both companies confirmed Wednesday.

Austrian chancellor: Cut EU money to countries that refuse refugees

Austria's chancellor Christian Kern wants a major cut in European Union subsidies for countries that refuse to accept refugees, German media reported early Wednesday.

Austria plans legal amendment to ban Turkish campaigning on its soil

Austria is drafting a legal amendment to stop foreign politicians from campaigning in the country, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Tuesday.

Austrian chancellor: Ban campaigning by Turkish politicians in EU

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern has called for an EU-wide ban on election campaign appearances by Turkish politicians, in the Sunday edition of German newspaper Die Welt.

Eight Iraqi asylum seekers convicted of gang-raping woman in Vienna

Eight Iraqi asylum seekers were convicted on Thursday of gang-raping a woman in Vienna on New Year's eve 2015.

Austria identifies US-based Turk as source of cyberattacks

A string of cyberattacks against Austrian institutions has been linked to a Turkish suspect operating out of the US state of Kentucky, an Austrian newspaper reported Tuesday, citing an investigation by the army's intelligence agency.

Austria toughens measures against rejected asylum seekers

Austria will increase penalties for rejected asylum seekers who refuse to leave the country, the government decided Tuesday, in a move that ups the pressure on migrants in the country.

Minister: Erdogan not welcome in Austria for referendum campaign

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan should not come to Austria to campaign to Turkish citizens living there ahead of a constitutional reform referendum in his country, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Monday.

Austria and Germany seek tighter EU to face US, Russia

EU countries must close ranks in the face of pressures from the new US administration and from Russia, Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern and German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel said Monday in Vienna.

EU seeks to fine Austria for misrepresenting debt data

The European Commission was seeking to slap a fine of close to 30 million euros (31.5 million dollars) on Austria after one of its states reported incorrect debt data to the EU's statistical office, EU Commissioner Marianne Thyssen said Wednesday.

Austria seeks to create jobs, but new EU immigrants need not apply

Austria plans to create 160,000 jobs in the next three years by subsidizing companies, but the project has raised concerns because it effectively excludes people who recently immigrated from other EU countries.

Plenkovic thanks Burgenland Croats for fostering their identity

Croatian Prime Minister Andrej Plenkovic on Thursday received Msgr Egidije Zivkovic, the Bishop of Eisenstadt, Austria, thanking him and Croats in Burgenland for fostering their cultural and language identity for more than five hundred years, not just in Austria, but in Slovakia and Hungary as well, largely thanks to the Catholic Church, a government press release said.

Austria seeks up to 1.1 billion euros in Eurofighter fraud lawsuit

Eurofighter and its main shareholder Airbus have inflated the price of fighter jets that were sold to Austria, the Defence Ministry said Thursday, alleging that it was defrauded of up to 1.1 billion euros (1.2 billion dollars).

Austrian-Croatian year of culture opened in Vienna

The Austrian-Croatian year of culture, officially opened in Vienna on Tuesday, is more than just an opportunity to intensify cultural relations between the two countries but has a strong integration character as well, Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said at the opening.

Croatian, Austrian foreign ministers talk migrants, bilateral relations

A negligible number of migrants is arriving in Europe along the Balkan route which was closed a year ago, but a big problem is the Mediterranean, where the number of migrants has markedly increased, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said in Vienna on Tuesday after talks with his Croatian counterpart Davor Ivo Stier.

Austrian president urges strong support for EU to defeat nationalism

EU countries need leaders who are "convinced" that the European project makes their countries stronger if they are to fight back the rise of nationalism and anti-EU sentiments, new Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen said Monday.

Inmate catches ride in rubbish truck to escape Austrian prison

A prisoner made a dirty escape from an Austrian jail after climbing into a rubbish disposal truck in order to flee.

Balkan route countries look to plug last gaps in borders

Countries along the Balkan migration route agreed on Wednesday to seal the already hard borders and prevent a possible new surge of people trying to reach wealthy EU countries.

Austria reports record arrivals over Alpine migration route

The inflow of migrants into Austria's Tyrolean mountains reached a record high last year, the local police chief said on Tuesday, warning that the region was facing mounting problems due to continued arrivals from neighbouring Italy.

2,000 protest against planned Austrian headscarf restrictions

Planned government restrictions for full-face veils and headscarves drew some 2,000 protesters to the streets in central Vienna on Saturday, according to police.

3,000 march against right-wing ball in Vienna

Nearly 3,000 people demonstrated against an annual right-wing ball in Vienna on Friday, police said, while some of the protest was also directed against the interior ministers' plan to curtail rights of demonstrators in the future.

Austrian minister suggests protest limits ahead of right-wing ball

Austria's interior minister proposed Friday that the rights of protesters be curtailed in the future, causing human rights groups to cry foul as far-left activists prepared to rally against an annual right-wing ball in Vienna.

Austrian employers in Croatia optimistic

More than half the Austrian companies doing business in Croatia and surveyed by the Austrian Foreign Trade Office in Zagreb, consider that the business climate and the economic situation over the next year will improve and that their investments will increase as a result.

Austrian cabinet toughens migration policies to avert early elections

Austria's centrist parties on Monday presented tougher integration policies for migrants and measures to fight unemployment, as key parts of a new agenda that is meant to stave off early elections.

Strained Austrian coalition gets new lease on life with fresh agenda

A new deal to save the strained Austrian government coalition cleared its final hurdle on Monday, as leaders of the social democrats and the conservatives gave their approval, which was followed by a formal cabinet decision.

Austrian government crisis over as coalition agrees on fresh start

An agreement between the coalition partners in the Austrian government has brought a political crisis in the country to an end, Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner said Sunday.

Austria cancels Iranian visas following Trump migration order

Austria is cancelling visas for Iranians destined for the US, including members of non-Muslim minorities, due to changes in US migration policy brought in by new President Donald Trump.

Austrian police detain 11 in major anti-terrorism raids

Eleven men were detained in a large Austrian police operation targeting Islamic State extremists on Thursday, prosecutors said.

Van der Bellen sworn in as new Austrian president

Alexander Van der Bellen was sworn in as president of Austria on Thursday, becoming the country's first head of state without ties to the country's mainstream parties.

Minister: Teen terrorist plot in Vienna was still in planning stage

A terrorist plot by an Austrian teen was likely still in the planning stage when it was uncovered last week, Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Monday in Innsbruck.

Ljubljana to transport its plastic waste to Vienna incinerator

Waste plastics collected in the Slovenian capital of Ljubljana will be transported to Vienna for incineration in one of the three waste-to-energy incinerators in the Austrian capital that operate on a non-profit basis, the Ljubljana-based waste management utility reported on Monday.

Suspected accomplice detained in Germany in foiled Vienna attack

A 21-year-old man and his wife have been arrested in their home in the western German city of Neuss on suspicion of being accomplices to a foiled terrorist attack in Austria, the Interior Ministry of the state of North-Rhine Westphalia reported on Sunday.

Burgenland Croats hold their 70th ball in Vienna

The 70th edition of the traditional annual Burgenland Croat ball was held in the Schoenbrunn Hotel in Vienna on Saturday evening, with some 1,000 guests attending the event.

Official: Attack was imminent, possibly on Vienna underground

Police foiled an imminent attack, possibly on the Vienna underground, when they arrested a radicalized 18-year-old, an official with the Austrian Interior Ministry said on Saturday.

Vienna on high alert after police arrest terrorism suspect

A terrorist attack in Vienna was averted Friday when police arrested a suspect, according to the country's interior minister.

Austria's Supernova takes over four shopping centres in Croatia

The Supernova Group has taken over four Croatian shopping centres -- the Garden Mall in Zagreb, the retail parks in Koprivnica and Sisak, and the retail park in Pozega, the Austrian group said on Thursday.

Austria should cut asylum numbers by half, conservatives say

Austria ought to lower its upper limit for asylum applications it will process to 17,000 - just under half the 35,000 it had planned to this year - conservative Vice Chancellor Reinhold Mitterlehner proposed Wednesday.

Austrian, Slovenian presidents talk bilateral, European issues

Slovenian President Borut Pahor met with the newly-elected Austrian President, Alexander Van der Bellen, in Vienna on Tuesday, and both heads of state expressed their expectation that the two countries would continue to develop good relations.

Afghans suspected of molesting women on New Years' Eve in Austria

A group of six Afghans are suspected of having sexually harassed a number of women in Innsbruck on New Year's Eve, the city's police chief said Monday.

Austria seeks to stop asylum applications on EU territory

The European Union should curb immigration by banning refugee applications on its territory and setting up asylum application centres outside the bloc, according to proposals put forward by Austria's defence minister.

Austria gives 2 million euros for aid to eastern Ukraine

Austria is providing an additional 2 million euros (about 2.1 million dollars) "for humanitarian aid to the people in eastern Ukraine," Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Wednesday on Twitter.

Austrian police give pocket alarms to women for New Year's Eve

Austrian police will start handing out 6,000 pocket alarms to women ahead of New Year's Eve in reaction to the mass sexual assaults that occurred in the German city of Cologne last year, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

Moroccan detained for possible Christmas season attack in Austria

A Moroccan asylum seeker was detained in Austria after he was overheard talking about a terrorist attack in Salzburg between Christmas and New Year, a prosecution spokesman in Salzburg said Tuesday.

Austria revises security plans for Christmas markets

Austria's Interior Ministry told Christmas market organizers on Tuesday to revise their security plans in reaction to the truck attack in Berlin which killed 12 people.

Police bust gang that smuggled 10,000 migrants to Europe

Investigators have uncovered a Turkish gang that smuggled some 10,000 migrants to Western Europe in the past 10 years, the Austrian Interior Ministry said Monday.

Van der Bellen shows pro-European policy can win election, says Croatian FM

Alexander van der Ballen won Austria's presidential election two weeks ago thanks to his pro-European policy opposed to the anti-European policy, Croatia's Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier said after talks with Austria's President-elect in Vienna on Monday.

Austrian far-right, Putin's party sign cooperation agreement

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) and Russia's ruling party United Russia agreed on Monday to cooperate more closely, the FPOe says.

Stier congratulates Burgenland Croats on preserving their identity

Croatian Foreign Minister Davor Ivo Stier told the Burgenland Croats from three countries, who gathered in Nikitsch, a town in Austria's state of Burgenland, on Sunday, that he was glad to celebrate the unity of people who had preserved their Croatian language and identity over the past five centuries.

Austria confiscates Hitler's birth house

The Austrian state will confiscate the house where Adolf Hitler was born, Austria's parliament decided, but the future use of the building in Braunau is still unclear.

Croatian and Austrian interior ministers meet to discuss Schengen zone, migrant crisis

Croatia and Austria are connected by a long tradition of friendship and cooperation in security, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said in Zagreb on Monday, praising Croatia for its management of the migrant crisis and expressing support for its accession to the Schengen passport-free zone as soon as possible.

Austria to veto further EU accession talks with Turkey

Austria will block the continuation of EU talks with Ankara over Turkey's future membership in the bloc, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said Saturday, citing human rights violations in the country.

Despite defeat, Austrian far-right aims for big vote take in 2017

This weekend's loss in the Austrian presidential election will not deter Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) from its plan to win the next parliamentary elections and become part of the government, party leaders said Tuesday.

Report: Austria's Van der Bellen won presidency with 53.8 per cent

Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen won the Austrian presidency with 53.8 per cent of the votes, 7.6 per cent ahead of far-right contender Norbert Hofer, according to the final count that was reported Tuesday by Austrian Press Agency APA.

Careful counting delays Austrian election end result until Tuesday

The announcement of Austria's presidential voting result was pushed back to Tuesday as election commissions applied meticulous counting standards to prevent new irregularities, the Interior Ministry announced Monday night.

Austria counting postal votes but Green presidency is certain

In a repeat election on Sunday that gave Austria's far-right Freedom Party another shot at the presidency, Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen improved on his wafer-thin lead in May to comfortably win the vote.

EU leaders relieved as Austrian far-right candidate loses presidency

Pro-European and left-leaning politician Alexander Van der Bellen soundly defeated his far-right rival for Austria's presidency on Sunday, in a re-run election that left mainstream leaders across the continent breathing sighs of relief.

Austria's Green candidate for president defeats far-right rival

Austrians opted for a pro-European president by electing Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen on Sunday with 53.3 per cent of the vote, projections by public broadcaster ORF showed.

Austrian presidential candidates optimistic as country repeats vote

The far-right and Green contenders for the Austrian presidency were both optimistic on Sunday as citizens cast their ballots in the repeat election that could see Austria elect Western Europe's first far-right head of state.

Van der Bellen, a fervent European and a former refugee child

Alexander Van der Bellen won the Austrian presidency with a pro-European platform that also championed the rights of immigrants.

Austria's Hofer softens far-right image on path towards presidency

Austrian presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has tried to soften his Freedom Party's far-right, nationalist image in a bid to win Sunday's election.

Austrian voters choose between rightist, Green president

Austrian voters are casting their ballots Sunday to decide the drawn-out presidential race between far-right candidate Norbert Hofer and his Green rival Alexander Van der Bellen.

Two migrants die in Austria while hiding in freight train

Two migrants have died in Austria while hiding in a goods train, police said on Saturday.

Austrian rightist Hofer touts ties with Russia, US ahead of election

Austrian far-right presidential candidate Norbert Hofer highlighted his good relations with the Russian government and the incoming US administration of Donald Trump Friday as he held his final campaign rally in Vienna.

Six found dead in Austria in family murder-suicide

A 35-year-old woman in Austria is believed to have shot dead her mother, brother and three children, before turning the gun on herself, officials told dpa in confirming media reports.

Vienna keeps historically tainted street names but adds explanations

The city of Vienna has decided to keep street names that honour National Socialists and anti-Semites, but the city will start putting up additional signs that point out the crimes of these historical figures, local politicians said Thursday.

Is Austria next in line after Brexit and Trump?

Voters in Austria have a choice between a far-right and a Green president. No matter who wins, populism is gaining ground in the country.

Two people die after avalanche buries group of skiers in Austria

Two men from the Netherlands and Britain have died in Austria after their skiing group was swept under an avalanche in the Tyrolean Alps, police said Sunday.

Austria says Foreign Ministry targeted by Turkish cyber attack

The Austrian Foreign Ministry website has become the target of an online attack that originated in Turkey, Austrian government sources said Saturday.

Austria braces for drawn-out vote count of presidential election

Austrians might have to wait for two days to learn who wins the December 4 presidential election, because ballots will be counted meticulously to avoid renewed irregularities, the Interior Ministry said Thursday.

FM says Austria looking forward to culture year with Croatia

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz said on Thursday that Austria was looking forward to 2017 as the year of culture between Austria and Croatia.

Italy coastguard: 8 bodies recovered, 1,400 saved from Mediterranean

Eight bodies have been recovered and about 1,400 people saved in Mediterranean Sea migrant rescues, the Italian coastguard said Tuesday.

Migrant killed by train while trying to cross Italy-Austria border

A migrant was killed overnight in the northern Italian province of South Tyrol while trying to board a train for Austria, the ANSA news agency reported Tuesday.

Elephant tusks worth 560,000 euros seized in Vienna

Austrian customs police have uncovered their largest-ever find of contraband elephant tusks that are worth about 560,000 euros (600,000 dollars) on the black market, the Finance Ministry said Wednesday.

Green candidate warns of far-right takeover ahead of Austrian vote

Austria is at risk of becoming dominated by the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), Green presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen said Tuesday as he launched the final stretch of his campaign.

Police: 150 Chinese women forced into prostitution in Austria

A gang of criminals trafficked 150 women from China to Austria where they forced their victims to work as prostitutes, Austrian police said Monday after detaining six Chinese suspects.

Croatian Music Festival in Vienna to feature 12 concerts

The 12th edition of the Croatian Music Festival in Vienna, taking place between November 12 and December 11 in that world music capital, features 12 concerts of prominent Croatian artists.

EU allows five Schengen members to prolong border controls

EU trade ministers on Friday gave the green light to Austria, Germany, Denmark, Sweden and Norway - all members of the visa-free Schengen zone - to extend temporary border controls for three months.

Six European countries confirm bird flu outbreaks

Six European countries have confirmed outbreaks of a dangerous strain of bird flu, which has caused alarm in Germany where the H5N8 virus spread further on Thursday.

Newborn dies after being abandoned at Vienna airport

A newborn baby died on Thursday after it was discovered in a rubbish bin at Vienna International Airport, police said.

Austria wants neighbours to prepare for end of Turkey refugee deal

Austria wants Central and Eastern Europe to coordinate police and military policies in case the EU-Turkey migration deal disintegrates, Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil said Monday.

Firefighters stop blaze at Austrian parliament

Firefighters raced to control a fire at Austria's parliament in Vienna on Friday.

Hitler's birth house will be razed, Austrian minister says

The house where Adolf Hitler was born will be razed and a new building will be erected in its place, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said Monday, announcing a final decision on the problematic structure.

Climbing accident leaves man hanging upside down over 200-metre drop

A 75-year-old rock climber was left hanging upside down by a rope over a nearly 200-metre drop after a fall in Austria's Tirol region, local police reported Sunday.

Austria faces high costs for migration despite drop in asylum claims

Austria expects to receive less than half the number of asylum seekers this year than it did in 2015, but the government has still earmarked 2 billion euros (2.2 billion dollars) for migration-related costs in 2017.

Creditors settle debt deal over failed Austrian bank

Creditors have settled their dispute with Austria's failed regional bank Hypo Alpe Adria, the liability fund of the province of Carinthia said Monday.

Vienna policeman says he shot girlfriend, strangled son after fights

The Austrian police officer who was arrested last week for killing his family has told investigators that ongoing disputes with his pregnant girlfriend led him to shoot her and strangle their toddler son, police said Sunday.

Austrian police dog finds severed thumb, doctors sew it back on

An Austrian police search dog found a finger that a woman had cut off in a work accident, allowing surgeons to reattach the limb, police said Sunday.

Vienna police officer kills pregnant girlfriend and son

A Vienna police officer has killed his pregnant girlfriend and their small son in Vienna and hid their remains some 160 kilometres away in his home town, Austrian police said Friday.

Croatia cruised 6-0 in Kosovo. Spain held 1-1 by Italy, Wales draw 2-2 in Austria

Italy managed to battle out a 1-1 draw at home to a lively Spain on Thursday in Turin, in a high-profile World Cup qualifier.

Austrian province set to avoid bankruptcy as creditors accept haircut

Austria's Carinthia province stepped back from the brink of possible bankruptcy Tuesday when Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling announced that creditors have been accepting a haircut deal over the failed regional bank Hypo Alpe Adria.

4 held at German-Austrian border after bomb materials found in car

A Polish national and three African men were arrested after they were stopped at the German-Austrian border in a car that contained weapons and materials to build explosive devices, a police spokesman said Friday.

Moroccan woman takes late husband's bowels on flight to Austria

Austrian airport officials made the "strangest find of the past year" after discovering a man's intestines being taken through customs by a female passenger.

Merkel meets Balkan leaders to discuss migrants

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, stung by several setbacks at the ballot box over her refugees policy, was due in Vienna Saturday for potentially tense talks with the leaders of countries along the Balkan migrant route, AFP reported.