Category Archives: Austria

Austria | Life in prison for a Palestinian in Austria

A proportional sentence? Freedom of expression under threat
by Wilhelm Langthaler
In the spring of 2018, a young Palestinian from Gaza was charged for terrorism and sentenced to life imprisonment by a jury at a local court in Krems, Austria. The sparse media reports indicate that the alleged terror attack, which did not actually happen, was intended to be carried out in occupied Jerusalem. The witnesses, juvenile Palestinians, were not actually present at the court in Austria, but gave their statements via Skype from an Israeli gaol.

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.