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Elections 09-10-2019

Austria’s Kurz on quest to form government coalition

Sebastian Kurz, Austria's conservative Chancellor who was re-elected on 30 September after being ousted in May, has been meeting with potential coalition partners. With the Austrian Freedom Party preferring to join the opposition and the social democrats still hesitant, the Greens may become a new partner. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria committed to preserving environment, says sustainability minister

In an interview with EURACTIV Germany, Austria's Minister for Sustainability and Tourism, Maria Patek, spoke about her country's involvement in the European Green Belt Initiative, as well as her country's role as mediator for the various European environmental projects.
Elections 30-09-2019

Kurz, Greens emerge as big winners of Austria’s snap election

After months of political turmoil, Austrian voters on Sunday (29 September) gave former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz a clear mandate to reclaim power with 37.1% of the votes while Kurz’s former coalition partner, the far-right FPÖ, lost by a wide margin. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Data protection 26-08-2019

Debate rages in Austria over enshrining use of cash in the constitution

It may sound like a strange thing to enshrine in a country's constitution: the right to pay cash. But a debate on whether to do just that has entered Austria's election campaign, shining a light on the country's love of cold, hard currency.
Elections 02-08-2019

Austria’s Kurz does not oppose coalition with far-right

Austria's former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and leader of the conservative party is not excluding the idea of re-establishing a coalition with the country's far right, he said in an interview with the Austrian public broadcaster ORF. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Elections 02-07-2019

Austrian Parliament doing everything to appease voters

The free play of forces in Austria’s parliament is now leading to a string of different alliances between Austrian parties, who are attempting to come up with the perfect programme to appease voters. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska for EURACTIV Germany.
EU Elections 2019 28-06-2019

Austria’s interim chancellor will have little say on EU top jobs

Austria will be represented by interim Chancellor Bierlein at the forthcoming EU special summit on Sunday (30 June). However, because she does not belong to any political party, the interim head of government will not be able to stand out with her own, pronounced opinion. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska for EURACTIV Germany.
EU Elections 2019 25-06-2019

Austria’s interim chancellor won’t block the majority on EU top jobs

Federal Chancellor Brigitte Bierlein won't ask for special favours at an EU summit next Sunday (30 June) aimed at appointing the new President of the European Commission, except when it comes to one thing: Austria's next EU Commissioner. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska for EURACTIV Germany.
Road charging 19-06-2019

Austro-German road-charging debacle reignites pan-EU toll debate

After the EU Court of Justice ruled against Germany's plans to introduce a highway toll, the debate about an EU-wide motorway toll has once again been ignited. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska.
EU Elections 2019 17-06-2019

Strache prepares his political comeback following Austrian corruption scandal

The guessing games have come to an end as Austria's former Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache announced on Monday (17 June) he will remain politically active in Vienna and won't take up his MEP seat in Brussels. An analysis by Herbert Vytiska for EURACTIV Germany.
EU Elections 2019 03-06-2019

Austrian socialists and right-wing populists doing poorly in polls

Austria's government of experts is now in place. Now the question arises: when should a new government be elected? An analysis by Herbert Vytiska.
Elections 31-05-2019

Brigitte Bierlein becomes Austria’s first female chancellor

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen appointed the head of the country's consitutional court as Austria's first female chancellor Thursday (30 May) to lead an interim government until elections later in the year.
EU Elections 2019 29-05-2019

Austrian Greens are showing signs of comeback

Across Europe, green parties have benefited from the fact that the climate crisis has become the focus of attention, including in Austria. The Austrian Green Party,  which has had no seats in the national parliament since 2017, is now gearing up for snap parliamentary elections in autumn. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 28-05-2019

Austrian Parliament ousts the government of Sebastian Kurz

The term of Sebastian Kurz as Austria's Chancellor has come to an end. On Monday (27 May), the Austrian Parliament voted a no-confidence motion against the 32-year-old and his entire government. However, Kurz's political career is not over. EURACTIV Germany reports.
EU Elections 2019 27-05-2019

Austrian centre-right leads in EU vote, far-right third

The centre-right People's Party (ÖVP) of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is on course for gains in the European elections, with the far-right Freedom Party coming third, according to a media forecast published on Sunday (26 May).
Digital 22-05-2019

Austria’s ‘video crisis’ exposes poor treatment of media – media expert

In an interview with EURACTIV, Reporters Without Borders Austria President and distinguished journalist Rubina Möhring spoke about the effects of the controversial 'Ibiza video' and why Austria is getting ever so close to the Hungarian media model.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Video scandal won’t affect FPÖ’s showing in EU elections – Austrian law expert

In an interview with EURACTIV, European law expert Stefan Brocza explains why the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) could still achieve good results in Sunday's European elections, despite the unfolding scandal linking the party with a supposed Russian oligarch.
EU Elections 2019 21-05-2019

Austrian far-right ministers to resign en masse amid ‘Ibiza-gate’ fallout

All remaining ministers from Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) are to resign, a party spokesman said Monday (20 May), after one of them, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, was fired in the fallout from a corruption scandal that has brought down the government.
EU Elections 2019 20-05-2019

European mainstream politicians see hope in downfall of Austrian far right leader

Politicians from Europe's mainstream parties called on voters to stand against the far right, after a video sting brought down the leader of Austria's Freedom Party (FPÖ), hurting the momentum of nationalists days before a European parliamentary election.
Economy & Jobs 07-05-2019

Austrian chief economist: ‘A lot can still be done to complete the euro zone’

The Austrian national bank (OeNB) hosted its annual conference on 20 years of the euro on 2 and 3 May. In an interview with EURACTIV, the bank's chief economist explains how the euro zone debt crisis changed the economic "tool box" of the EU currency and spells out the challenges ahead.
Economy & Jobs 03-05-2019

Juncker points the finger at Germany, Austria, Netherlands for impeding eurozone reform

The Netherlands, Austria "and all too often Germany" are preventing deeper euro zone integration, European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker told German newspaper Handelsblatt.
EU Elections 2019 29-04-2019

Austrian far-right leader urges fight against ‘population exchange’

Austrian far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache has asked voters to support his Freedom Party (FPÖ) in European Parliament elections and help counter migration flows that he called an unwanted "population exchange".

Border controls: state of emergency becoming state of normality

Germany, as well as other EU member states in the Schengen area, is extending the period of random border checks. The EU Commission is not pleased. EURACTIV’s media partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Politics 10-04-2019

UK, Dutch spy agencies curb intel flow to Austria over Russia ties

British and Dutch spy agencies have heavily restricted the amount of intelligence they share with Austria, mainly because of ties between the ruling far-right Freedom Party and Russia, an Austrian opposition lawmaker said on Tuesday (9 April).

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