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Austria

2017

16

Oct

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Austrian Tories open the door to the fascists

The elections in Austria have shown a sharp move to the right. They are a further warning of the danger of the far right exploiting the bitterness in society. The leading position, the chancellor, is set to be taken by Sebastian Kurz, of the right wing Conservative People’s Party (OVP). Preliminary results show the OVP with around […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Socialist Worker

10

Oct

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Austrian police fine man over face-veil stunt

Austrian police on Monday fined a French businessman under a controversial face-covering ban. Algerian-origin Rashid Nekkaz became the first person to be fined under the law, which came into force on Oct. 1 despite objections from Muslim groups. Nekkaz covered his face with banknotes and photos of the country’s foreign minister, Sebastian Kurz. Protesting against […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Anadolu Agency

02

Oct

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Austria’s burqa ban comes into force

Austria enforced a law banning full-face Muslim veils such as the burqa or niqab in public spaces on Sunday. The law also restricts the use of medical face masks, clown makeup and party masks in public. The Austrian government has said the law, which mandates that faces be visible from the hairline to the chin, […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Scroll.in

22

Sep

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Austria’s burqa ban to come into effect on Oct. 1

A controversial Austrian ban on the public wearing of veils which cover the face will come into effect on Oct. 1, the country’s interior ministry confirmed on Thursday. The new law will apply to all public places, including transport facilities, and police will have the power to demand the removal of concealing veils. Those who […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Anadolu Agency

26

Jul

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EU migrant crisis: Austria can deport asylum seekers, court says

The EU’s top court has ruled that a law requiring refugees to seek asylum in the first country they reach applies even in exceptional circumstances. The case, brought by Austria and Slovenia, could affect the future of several hundred people who arrived during the migrant crisis of 2015-16. The ruling concerns two Afghan families and […]

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Country: Austria
Source: BBC News , Voice of America

10

Jul

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Austria bars Turkish economy minister for event marking coup anniversary

Austria has barred Turkish Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci from entering the country to attend an event marking the anniversary of last year’s failed coup in Turkey, a spokesman for Austria’s Foreign Ministry said in remarks broadcast on Monday. “I can confirm that (Austrian) Foreign Minister (Sebastian) Kurz has in fact forbidden the Turkish economy minister […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Euronews , Jerusalem Post

14

Jun

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9 men charged with violating anti-Nazi laws in Austria, police say

Austrian police have charged nine men for violating anti-Nazi laws when they yelled a slogan associated with Adolf Hitler. In a statement, police said Monday that eight Austrians and one German between the ages of 18 and 46 were charged for chanting “Sieg Heil” with their right arms raised in the Nazi salute. Several people […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Daily Sabah

17

May

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Austrian parliament passes burqa ban as part of new migrant law

Austrian lawmakers have approved a bill that outlaws wearing a full-face veil in public. The new legislation also establishes mandatory integration courses, and prompts asylum seekers to do unpaid public work. The measure was backed by both of the ruling parties, the SPÖ and ÖVP, on Tuesday, in spite of political turbulence that has divided […]

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Country: Austria
Source: DW English , Al Jazeera English

09

May

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Austrian court rules Facebook must delete “hate postings”

Facebook must remove postings deemed as hate speech, an Austrian court has ruled, in a legal victory for campaigners who want to force social media companies to combat online “trolling”. The case – brought by Austria’s Green party over insults to its leader – has international ramifications as the court ruled the postings must be […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Reuters

28

Apr

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Austria interior minister Sobotka calls for indefinite extension of border controls

Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka has urged the EU to extend the country’s border controls. Citing security concerns, Sobotka said he “simply needs to know who is coming to our country.” In an interview with German daily Die Welt on Wednesday, Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka said that while external EU borders could not be adequately […]

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Country: Austria
Source: DW World