About: Austria

Coronavirus 01-12-2020

WHO urges countries to ‘look very, very carefully’ at ski season plans

The World Health Organisation (WHO) urged nations on Monday (30 November) to carefully consider the coming ski season's risks, as Switzerland runs lifts and Austria mulls following suit while Germany, Italy and France shutter mountain operations to slow the pandemic.
Austria has laid out its stall for the forthcoming Digital Services Act, calling on the Commission to make online platforms more accountable for the hosting of illegal content, citing the country's Communication Platforms Act as an example for the EU to follow.
Digital 30-11-2020

Make Big Tech accountable, Austria says in Digital Services Act recommendations

Austria has called on the European Commission to make online platforms more accountable for the hosting of illegal content in a series of recommendations for the EU's Digital Services Act, citing the country's Communication Platforms Act as an example for the EU to follow.
Digital 13-11-2020

Austrian court orders Facebook to delete same and similar hate postings worldwide

Austria's Supreme Court of Justice of Justice has decided that Facebook will have to delete 'hate postings' against former Green party leader Eva Glawischnig, not only in Austria but also worldwide. EURACTIV Germany reports.

France pushes for joint European response to terrorism threat

Several key EU leaders, including France and Germany, promised at a mini-summit on Tuesday (10 November) to renew efforts to fight Islamist terrorism, calling for a reform of the Schengen area and measures against foreign fighters.
Digital 09-11-2020

EU states ponder means to access encrypted data

EU member states want more competences to be able to look into messages with end-to-end encryption, according to the draft Council decisions which has been made available to EURACTIV Germany.

Eight detained after Vienna attack had previous convictions

Eight of those detained following Monday night's terrorist attack in Vienna had previous convictions, including for terror offences, the Austrian interior minister said Thursday (5 November), as the investigation extended to Switzerland and a second, unnamed country.
Global Europe 04-11-2020

Austria’s Kurz urges EU to do more to fight ‘political Islam’

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called on the European Union Tuesday (3 November) to do more to fight "political Islam", which he said represented a grave threat to European values.

Gunmen kill four in ‘Islamist terror attack’ in Vienna, manhunt launched

Gunmen attacked six locations in central Vienna starting outside the main synagogue, killing two people and injuring at least 17 in what Austria called a “repulsive terror attack” while hunting one or more assailants on the loose.
Coronavirus 02-11-2020

Austria to enter ‘partial’ November lockdown

Austria's government will impose a second "partial lockdown" for November, forcing restaurants to close but allowing the retail and services sector to remain open. A night curfew from 8pm will also be implemented. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 23-10-2020

Germany warns against travel to ski regions in Austria, Switzerland, Italy

Germany has issued travel warnings for popular ski regions in Austria, Italy and Switzerland, scrambling to contain the spread of the coronavirus as new infection numbers rose above 10,000 a day for the first time.
Elections 12-10-2020

Social Democrats win, far-right collapses in Vienna elections

The recent Vienna election was a great victory for Social Democrats while the far-right FPÖ suffered a massive crash, losing two-thirds of support. The final result will be available Tuesday evening (13 October), but coalition options are already clear. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 23-09-2020

EU must openly discuss Turkey sanctions, says Austria’s EU minister

At the next European summit, Austria wants to speak openly about sanctions against Ankara, including the possibility to break off accession talks with Turkey, the country's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler told EURACTIV Germany.
Railways 15-09-2020

Swiss-Austrian alliance plans night-train boost by 2024

New night-train services linking Switzerland with Amsterdam, Barcelona and Rome are going to roll out by 2024, a Swiss-Austrian rail operator alliance announced on Tuesday (15 September).
Agrifood 08-09-2020

EU ban on neonicotinoids must be ‘strictly respected’, says Green MEP

After announcing €30 billion in support of an ecological transition last Thursday, the French government presented a controversial bill authorising an exemption from the ban on neonicotinoid insecticides, a class of pesticides suspected to be harmful to bees. German Green MEP Martin Häusling explains to EURACTIV FRANCE why he is challenging the decision.
Global Europe 02-09-2020

Austria to file charges against Turkish spy

Austria will file charges against a person who has confessed to spying for Turkey's secret service, and authorities are investigating more suspected espionage activities, its interior minister said, warning Turkey this would not be tolerated.
Global Europe 11-08-2020

Pompeo in Prague at start of central Europe visit

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Prague on Tuesday (11 August), public TV footage showed, to open a five-day visit to central Europe with a hefty agenda including China's role in 5G network construction.
Coronavirus 28-07-2020

Austrian health minister wants to ‘repair’ coronavirus measures following court ruling

Austria's anti-coronavirus measures were partly illegal, as the country's Constitutional Court confirmed last week. On Tuesday (28 July), Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Greens) acknowledged the mistakes and announced plans to reorganise his ministry and amend the Epidemic Law. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Coronavirus 28-07-2020

New coronavirus cluster in an Austrian village brings fears of a ‘second Ischgl’

In the picturesque village of St. Wolfgang in Upper Austria, a new coronavirus cluster was identified last week, with 53 new infections confirmed over the weekend, mostly in workers in the tourism sector. This fuels fears of a "second Ischgl." EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 24-07-2020

Austria’s online hate speech law prompts question marks about ‘overblocking’

In the fight against illegal online content, the Austrian government wants to make platforms more accountable. Many details are still missing, but the German NetzDG seems to be a model. Critics fear over-blocking and collateral damage but also see opportunities. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 15-07-2020

Austria minister ‘cannot imagine’ an agreement at EU summit

Austria's EU Minister Karoline Edtstadler does not expect an agreement to be reached at the EU's budget summit on Friday and Saturday. In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, she explains where Austria wants to renegotiate and pleads for a stricter link to the rule of law.
Global Europe 30-06-2020

Turkey, Austria trade barbs over Kurdish-Turkish clashes in Vienna

Austria and Turkey accused each other on Monday (29 June) of responding inappropriately to clashes between Kurdish and Turkish protesters in Vienna last week, further straining relations.
Economy & Jobs 24-06-2020

Wirecard Scandal: Former CEO Markus Braun let out on bail

Almost €2 billion are missing from the balance sheets of Wirecard, a German financial services provider. Markus Braun, CEO of the company until last week, was released on bail on Tuesday afternoon (23 June) after a night in custody. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Economy & Jobs 19-06-2020

Merkel on EU Recovery Fund: ‘The bridges we have to build are large’

The European Council summit ended on Friday (19 June) without agreement on the EU recovery fund. However, German Chancellor Angela Merkel made it clear that she wants to act quickly, and the next round of negotiations is scheduled for mid-July. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Aviation 10-06-2020

The green compromise in the Austrian Airlines bailout

After weeks of negotiations, it is now set: Austrian Airlines (AUA) is saved from insolvency by the Black-Green government. For the Greens, who are in a governing coalition in Austria for the first time, it was a difficult litmus test. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Contribute