As Brussels is preparing to hit Moscow with another round of economic sanctions over the situation in Ukraine, Austria’s former minister of foreign affairs, Karin Kneissl, points at the bigger picture of the sanction wars, saying that trust between the East and the West is broken.
The Austrian economy could encounter its worst crisis in almost eight decades, the Finance Ministry says. Magnus Brunner pointed to EU sanctions against Russia as the primary cause of the downturn and said predicting an end to the crisis is impossible, as the current situation could recur in the coming years.
Ukraine angry at Austrian comments.The Ukrainian foreign ministry is outraged by the Austrian foreign minister’s remarks on Kiev’s EU membership bid. Kiev is “disappointed” by the “short-sighted” statements of Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg who suggested that full EU membership might not be the best option for Ukraine.
Austria has become the first European nation to mandate Covid-19 vaccines for those over the age of 18 to be vaccinated on Saturday, February 5th. While several countries have mandated the vaccine for medical staff, care workers, or people over a certain age, Austria is first in the EU to broaden the measure to cover […]
VIENNA (Sputnik) – The European Union is working on a new extensive package of economic and financial sanctions against Russia in case the situation around Ukraine escalates, Austrian Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg said. “At the moment, the work is underway behind the scenes to develop an extensive package of economic and financial sanctions. In the […]
Austria’s former chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, announced on Thursday that he will step back from politics after serving about 10 years in government. “I am looking forward to the new chapter ahead, but it has been the honor of my life to serve the Republic of Austria,” Kurz wrote on social media. “I did not take this decision lightly but […]
As Austria becomes the first European country to reintroduce lockdown, the people are taking to the streets in protest – and it’s not just far-right extremists, but families too, writes Melissa Eddy. Daniel Zeman wasn’t able to sell any of his handmade apple and ginger liqueur last year during the Christmas season because Austria, along with […]
VIENNA—Austria said on Friday it is barring those not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 from cafes, restaurants, and hairdressers as infections approach the record set a year ago and the government struggles to convince holdouts to get the shot. Roughly 64 percent of Austria’s population is fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in line with the European Union […]
One in two Austrians prefers to keep their opinions to themselves, partly due to fear of being labeled an “alt-right,” a new survey shows, as people in the Alpine land appear to grow wary of “exaggerated” political correctness. An increasing need to watch one’s mouth, which is in no small way influenced by modern “woke” trends, seems […]
A court in Austria has sentenced a teenage refugee from Afghanistan to 30 months in prison, of which he is only obliged to serve 10 months after he sexually abused a girl, age seven. The victim was awarded €500 in compensation. On Wednesday a court in Ried, Upper Austria reached a verdict concerning the shocking […]
Austria’s top diplomat has warned ties between Moscow and the EU have hit historic lows and argued that both sides now need to urgently work to turn things around and form a partnership, given the importance of economic relations. Speaking at a press conference on Wednesday following talks with his Russian counterpart, Austrian Foreign Minister […]
VIENNA – Austria will deploy approximately 400 soldiers to its eastern border to stem the influx of illegal migrants, the ORF public broadcaster reported on Saturday, citing Interior Minster Karl Nehammer. The minister stated that the practice of giving migrants asylum in the European Union had failed and Vienna had to overcome shortcomings of the […]
Austria is reeling from a tragedy that saw a 13-year-old girl die after being drugged and gang-raped. Yet a local feminist group seemed more enraged by media reporting the suspects’ nationality and casting a shadow on refugees. A group of activists from the group ‘Alerta Feminista’ broke into the offices of oe24 – the web portal of […]
Diplomatic sources told the Financial Times this week that French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel were willing to invite Russian President Vladimir Putin to a summit of European leaders. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Thursday that the European Union had to create a “format for dialogue” with Russia and its President […]
VIENNA – Austrian Health Minister Rudolf Anschober announced on Tuesday his intention to step down from the ministerial post due to health problems and exhaustion from combating the coronavirus pandemic. The 60-year-old recently had to take sick leave twice due to blood circulation problems. “After consultations with my doctors, I decided to step down from […]
Australia has declined to purchase a vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson, because its mechanism is similar to the one used in AstraZeneca’s jab. Both vaccines are currently being investigated for links to blood clots. The Johnson & Johnson (J&J) vaccine is “an adenovirus vaccine, the same type of vaccine as the AstraZeneca vaccine,” a spokesperson for […]
Austria is to order a million doses of Russia’s Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccine, one month after a successful phone call between Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the Kremlin. It will be the third EU country to receive the formula. The news came from the chancellor himself, who revealed that Vienna and Moscow are engaged in talks, […]
Covid-19 jabs are being distributed unevenly between EU member states, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said, pointing to “secret contracts” signed at a “vaccine bazaar” with big pharma by the bloc’s vaccination steering board. “Deliveries are not happening in line with population,” Kurz told a press conference organized at short notice on Friday. He added that the […]
Austria launched its vaccination effort in December, offering citizens inoculations with Pfizer/BioNTech, Moderna, or AstraZeneca. Certain Austrian firms are also negotiating with Russia on Sputnik V production, according to the head of the Russian Direct Investment Fund, one of the vaccine’s promoters abroad. Austria’s top infectologist, Professor Florian Thalhammer, believes that the efficacy and reliability […]