About: Hans Peter Doskozil

Aviation 07-07-2017

Austria wants to end Eurofighter programme and lease fighter jets instead

Austria wants to end its Eurofighter jet programme early and replace it with a cheaper alternative fleet of aircraft leased from another government, its defence minister said on Friday (7 July), amid a legal battle over the jets with Airbus.
Elections 07-07-2017

Trans-Europe Express: Tanks against migrants

The rhetoric about sending troops to the Brenner Pass was especially reactionary. But Austrian Defence Minister Hans Peter Doskozil felt compelled to use it anyway.
Politics 05-07-2017

Tensions grow after Austrian threat to send troops to Italian border

Italy summoned Austria's ambassador on Tuesday (4 July) after Vienna threatened to send troops to the border to block refugees, as the number crossing the Mediterranean topped 100,000 this year.

Report: Western Balkans route not closed, just diverted via Bulgaria

A report by a German think tank reveals the deficiencies of the deal with Turkey to stem the flow of refugees to Europe. Migration is on the menu of the two-day summit starting today (22 June).
Defence policy 08-06-2017

Austria divided over idea of EU army

The idea of creating a powerful EU army continues to divide opinion in neutral Austria. Critics of the plan say its neutrality is incompatible with joint military cooperation. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Balkan migration route is ‘not closed’

One year on from when the borders were sealed, refugees are still using South East Europe to enter the EU. But now the journey is more difficult, expensive and brutal. EURACTIV’s partner Der Tagesspiegel reports.
Politics 24-02-2017

Austria steps up legal case against Eurofighter

Austria may broaden its legal proceedings against Airbus and the Eurofighter consortium to US and British courts over a dispute involving the purchase of combat aircraft. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Global Europe 06-02-2017

Refugees returning to ‘tried and tested’ North African route

Compared to 2015, the number of refugees who tried to enter the European Union last year decreased significantly. Aktuálně reports. 

Austrian defence minister eyes plan to overhaul EU migrant policy

Austria's defence minister has drafted a plan that would revamp the European Union's migrant policy by establishing a ceiling for migration and only permitting applications for asylum from outside the EU, Germany's Bild newspaper reported yesterday (5 January).

Austria attracts member state interest in its refugee policy

This year, Austria expects to welcome fewer refugees than it predicted it would. The Vienna government wants to lower its upper limit on new arrivals as a result and it's a policy that has attracted the attention of other EU countries. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Security 15-11-2016

Divided Austria unites in opposition to EU army

Calls for an "EU army" to be set up have increased since Donald Trump's US election victory, but neutral Austria, at least, is handling the issue very carefully. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria and Balkan states prepare for collapse of EU-Turkey deal

Austria said on Monday (7 November) it will meet with its Balkan neighbours to discuss what action they might take if a deal with Turkey aimed at restricting the flow of illegal migrants into the European Union collapses.
Global Europe 03-11-2016

Austria sends troops to Hungary-Serbia border

Austria on Thursday (3 November) sent 60 troops to Hungary's border with non-EU Serbia as Vienna's defence minister warned that the EU's migrants deal with Turkey was "showing cracks".
Enlargement 29-08-2016

Austria suggests ‘union of interests’ with Turkey instead of EU membership

One of Austria's ruling political parties has proposed a "union of interests" between the EU and Turkey, in place of actual membership. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Enlargement 23-08-2016

Turkey recalls ambassador to Austria after rows

Turkey has recalled its ambassador to Austria to review relations after a series of disputes with the European Union member state, the Turkish foreign minister said on Monday (22 August).

Migrant spat brews between Austria and Hungary

Hungary refused yesterday (9 June) to take back any of the several thousand migrants that Austria says should be returned under EU rules, adding to a brewing spat between the two neighbours.
Global Europe 26-05-2016

Merkel says ‘not worried’ about EU-Turkey migrant deal

German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (25 May) brushed off concerns about a landmark EU-Turkey deal designed to stem the flow of refugees to Europe after critical comments by her Turkish counterpart.
Elections 03-05-2016

Austrian chancellor faces uncertain future

The political future of Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann could be at risk as his party grows increasingly concerned about the rise of right-wing populism in the country. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Regional Policy 25-04-2016

Majority of Austrians support increased border checks

Three quarters of Austrians are in favour of increased border security. The alpine republic's new interior minister is set to meet with South Tyrol's governor, with this pertinent information in his back pocket. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Austria’s neighbours fear more border controls

While increased people-trafficking has been recorded in eastern Austria, increased border controls in the west, specifically at the Brenner Pass, continue to be mooted. EURACTIV Germany reports.

Protestors demand end to ‘fortress Europe’ as Austria ups border security

Closing the so-called Balkan route means refugees are now looking for alternative ways to reach Germany. The affected countries now want to work together better in order to coordinate their respective policies. EURACTIV.de reports.

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