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Austria

2018

14

Jun

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Austrian rightist calls for prohibition of fasting in schools

The Secretary General of the Austrian People’s Party, Karl Nehammer, called for a ban on fasting for school-age children. He said that he had received “innumerable” reports from teachers about the welfare of children during Ramadan. “If religious rituals, regardless of religion, endanger the health of children, this is clearly going too far,” Nehammer said. “If religion […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Gatestone Institute , TRT Haber

13

Jun

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Racist verbal attack on Bosnia-born lawmaker in Austrian parliament

The loud interruptions during a speech of Bosnia-born lawmaker Alma Zadic in Austria’s Parliament caused outrage as they were branded sexist and racist, the Der Standard Austrian paper reported on Tuesday. Zadic, a lawmaker from the Green Party renegade List of Peter Pilz, had taken the floor on Tuesday to speak about protection of intelligence […]

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Country: Austria
Source: N1

08

Jun

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Austria to close 7 mosques, expel imams

Austria will shut seven mosques and expel 40 imams, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced on Friday. During a news conference with Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and EU Affairs Minister Gernot Blumel, Kurz said the move came as part of a crackdown on “political Islam”. Kurz said that the investigation on several mosques and associations conducted by […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Anadolu Agency

30

May

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Austria plans to cut benefits for non-German speaking immigrants

Austria plans to cut benefits for immigrants, including refugees, who do not speak German in a controversial move that puts the country in conflict with the EU. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz intends to cap refugees’ benefits receive at €563 a month. They will only be able to claim the amount given to Austrians – €863 – if […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Telegraph

25

Apr

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Patient in medical mask stopped under burqa ban in Austria

A 26-year-old leukemia patient, wearing a prescribed medical mask, was stopped by police in Vienna under a ban on the full Islamic veil and other “coverings,” law enforcement officials confirmed on Monday. Doctors told the man, identified only by his first name, Valentin, to wear his mask at all times to protect his weakened immune […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Sputnik , RT

19

Apr

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Austrian cabinet agrees on measures to tighten asylum procedures

The Austrian cabinet decided Wednesday on a new packet of measures to tackle asylum misuse and illegal immigration, local media reported. The measures are to bestow greater power to authorities, who will in future be able to analyze the mobile phones of asylum seekers to check which route they took to reach Austria. Should they […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Hürriyet

23

Feb

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Austrian gov’t mulls broadened monitoring, surveillance

The Austrian cabinet on Wednesday agreed to a new security package giving the government greater monitoring and surveillance powers, local media reported. This will include increased video and audio surveillance of public areas and on roads, the capacity to monitor internet communications even when encrypted, the compulsory registration of prepaid mobile phone sim cards, as […]

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Country: Austria
Source: XINHUANET

08

Feb

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French businessman pays Austrian niqab fines

A French businessman paid 10 fines imposed on women wearing a full-face veil (niqab) in Austria under a law banning it from Oct. 1 2017. Algerian-origin Rashid Nekkaz showed the 10 fine bills to journalists in front of the Prime Ministry building on Monday. After the bills were paid, the businessman said that he would like […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Daily Sabah

19

Jan

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The only country in Europe where a far-right political party has come to power, Austria establishes a “border protection unit”

Austria’s new far-right interior minister was quoted as saying on Jan. 18 that he has ordered the creation of a “border protection unit” in case of a major new influx of migrants, like the one in 2015. “A repeat of 2015 cannot be allowed to happen. Therefore I have given instructions for the creation of […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Hurriyet Daily News

05

Jan

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Austria suggests migrants put in barracks under curfew

Austria’s vice-chancellor and far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache proposed on Thursday that asylum seekers should be kept in barracks, and their movements should be restricted with a curfew. “Order is needed, as long as there is an open asylum procedure,” he told public TV ORF.The OVP, the party of chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has not commented on the […]

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Country: Austria
Source: EUobserver