Wolfgang Sobotka

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.

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.

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.

Slovenian and Czech prime ministers talk cooperation

Relations between Slovenia and the Czech Republic are excellent and both countries advocate strict control of the European Union's external borders and adherence to the rules of the Schengen regime when it comes to migrant movements, Slovenian and Czech Prime Ministers Miro Cerar and Bohuslav Sobotka respectively confirmed at a press conference in Prague on Monday.

Germany and Austria push for extension of border controls

Germany and Austria want to extend controls at their border amid ongoing security threats, the countries' interior ministers said in Berlin on Thursday.

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.

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.

Czech Republic rejects Merkel's push for refugee quotas

Czech Prime Minister Bohuslav Sobotka renewed his objection to calls from German Chancellor Angela Merkel for his country to agree to a quota system for sharing the burden of the refugee crisis that has engulfed Europe.

Austria rejects EU proposal on jobs for asylum seekers

The EU should not give asylum seekers access to labour markets as this would attract additional migrants, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said in an interview published Thursday, rejecting a proposal by the European Commission.