Category Archives: Austria

Austria | Karin Kneissl: “Russland-Sanktionen sind stumpf”

KURIER: Frau Außenministerin, Ihre erste Reise geht am Dienstag in die Slowakei. Die Slowakei gilt als moderater Visegrád-Staat – ist das ein Signal, dass sich Österreich von den Visegrád-Hardlinern Ungarn und Polen distanziert?

Austria | Österreich: Stichwahl der Bundespräsidentenwahl wird wiederholt

Jetzt ist es amtlich. Bei den Bundespräsidentenwahlen im Mai gab es gravierende Formfehler und Rechtsverstöße gegen die Wahlordnung. In den vom Verfassungsgericht untersuchten zwanzig Wahlbezirken, wurde in vierzehn Wahlbezirken gegen das Wahlgesetz verstossen wurde. Alexander van der Bellen wird nicht als neuer Bundespräsident angelobt. Die Stichwahl muss neu ausgetragen werden.

Austria | Austria: right-wing workers vs. left-wing upper classes?

by Wilhelm Langthaler

The results of the first round of the presidential elections were an unexpected shock for the ruling Grand Coalition composed of Social-democrats and Christian-conservatives. This has been the political formula for the neo-liberal regime ever since the late 1980s. But the popular masses more and more turn their backs on them. The point of collapse is coming closer. The opposition from below, however, is being articulated mainly by a cultural chauvinist refusal of Islamic migration and is led by the historic right-wing forces.

New ascendancy of FPÖ – social-cultural protest from below

UK | EU migrant crisis: Germany sends migrants back to Austria

Germany has been sending an increasing number of migrants back to Austria every day since the beginning of the month, Austrian police say.

Many had no valid documents, whilst others did not want to apply for asylum in Germany but in other countries, notably in Scandinavia, police said.

Schengen: more fences and more checks mean increasing strain

Schengen system of open borders is under strain as EU members reintroduce controls at their frontiers.
Austria says it plans to build a 3.7 kilometre fence along its border with Slovenia to control migrant flow.
It is the first time a barrier will have been erected between two members of the EU’s passport-free Schengen Zone.
Officials say the barrier is legal, as it is only temporary and aimed at channeling the flow of migrants.
Announcing the measures for the Spielfeld crossing in conjunction with Slovenia, Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner said a 25 kilometre stretch of fence could be up within 48 hours, if necessary.
Austria’s decision is the latest in a series of tough measures by member states which critics say contradict the EU principle of free movement of people.
The chief of staff of the Hungarian Prime Minister’s office, Janos Lazar, told reporters a fence can be set-up on the border with Romania in a short period of time. “We will only do it in the worst-case scenario and not because we want to, but because we have to to defend our country,” he said.
The European Commission has formally authorised the temporary re-imposition of border controls in Germany and Sweden.
Germany re-established border checks on September the 13th and has since extended them for six months.
Sweden re-instigated border checks to check the flow of migrants coming through Denmark.
The EU decision is similar to others granted to Austria, Hungary and Slovenia when they brought in temporary controls in recent weeks.
EU leaders held an extraordinary summit in Malta on Thursday to discuss the refugee crisis and stronger coordination with Turkey, the main transit country for people heading to Europe.
Turkey, with a key strategic position, is also to be invited to a Brussels summit to enlist its help.
The UK, meanwhile, has committed nearly 400 million euros towards a planned EU fund designed to help Turkey accommodate the two-million plus refugees sheltering on its territory.