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Austria

2019

21

Mar

Austria government MPs exposed as members of ‘blood libel’ Facebook group

Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) stands accused of stoking hatred online after two of its MPs were found to be members of a closed Facebook group in which antisemitic and pro-Nazi content was shared. FPÖ MPs Edith Mühlberghuber and Peter Gerstner were part of the “German Reich” Facebook group, which has 4,000 members and is […]

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Country: Austria
Source: AA , The JC

05

Mar

Austria: Ban on Turkish nationalist salute in practice

The law banning Turkey’s nationalist “Grey Wolves” salute in Austria came into force on Friday. In December 2018, the Austrian parliament accepted the law banning symbols of “extremist organizations” in the country to block terror propaganda. People violating the law in public areas may be fined up to €4,000 ($4,553) or given a-month prison term […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Euro News , AA

26

Feb

Austria proposes preventative detention for asylum-seekers

Austria’s right-wing government announced plans on Monday to hold asylum seekers in so-called preventative “security detention” if they are found to pose a potential threat to the public. The constitutional amendment would enable Austrian authorities to detain asylum-seekers without first securing a court order. In order to hold someone in preventative detention, authorities would need to […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Sputnik , DW

20

Feb

Austrian MPs vote down bill that would have granted passports to the descendants of Nazi victims

Austria’s governing parties on Thursday voted down two bills brought by the opposition in parliament that would have granted citizenship to the children and grandchildren of the Nazis’ victims. At present, only former Austrian citizens who were forced to leave before the end of the Second World War because of Nazi persecution or for supporting […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Şalom , The JC

23

Jan

Austrian politics sees significant rise in Islamophobia

A study by an NGO revealed that in 2018 senior politicians in Austria participated in 20 campaigns against Muslims. SOS Mitmensch in a news conference on Tuesday shared with journalists its study on Islamophobic and anti-Muslim campaigns in 2018 in Austrian politics. It said that ruling Freedom Party Chairman and Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, the […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Haberler , Muslim News

18

Jan

Austria tilting law against Syrian asylum-seekers

The Austrian government is seemingly determined to make it easier to expel Syrian asylum-seekers. Interior Minister Herbert Kickl said Thursday that he believes a readmission agreement with the Syrian regime will be very effective. Speaking to Kronen daily, Kickl claimed an increase in the crime rate due to foreigners has been seen in the past year and […]

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Country: Austria
Source: NTV , AA

11

Jan

Austria’s Post Office under fire over sharing data on political allegiances

Austria’s national post office found itself under fire on Tuesday for collecting and selling information about customers’ political allegiances in what privacy campaigners say bears similarities to the Facebook data-sharing scandal. According to the investigative journalism website Addendum, the Austrian Post sold the names, addresses, age and gender of around three million customers to other companies for […]

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Country: Austria
Source: The Local

2018

25

Dec

Austria announce plans to automatically deny asylum to all migrants who arrive in Europe with the help of smugglers

All migrants who arrive in Europe with the help of human traffickers will be automatically denied asylum in Austria, under new plans revealed by its Interior Minister today. Austrian Interior Minister Herbert Kickl, a member of the Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), said his plans aim to punish migrants using smugglers by handing down an automatic negative […]

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Country: Austria
Source: Daily Mail

05

Dec

Austria uses language barrier to cut benefits

Foreigners who have moved to Austria but have not yet picked up the language are to be penalised under controversial reforms to the country’s social welfare system, as the right-wing government steps up its efforts to deter immigration. The Austrian government plans to penalise the unemployed by cutting €300 from their monthly benefits if they […]

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Country: Austria
Source: EN , Independent

23

Nov

Austrian Chancellor blames Muslim migration for rising anti-Semitism in Europe

Speaking at an anti-Semitism conference on November 22, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz blamed Islamic migration for the rise of incidents against Jews in Europe.  “You should only let as many people immigrate in a country as many as many you are able to integrate. So, I think that a not-registered, and not-organised flow of immigrants can always […]

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Country: Austria
Source: TRT Haber , Voice of Europe