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  • Austria joins EU intackling benefit fraudsters
    Austria, Germany, the Netherlands and Great Britain demand sanctions against "social tourism" within the EU. The Interior Ministers signed a letter to the EU-commission yesterday (Thurs) without naming certain states.
  • Asylum seekers in Votivkirche threaten new protest action
    The refugees, who occupied Votivkirche of Vienna and moved to the convent Servitenkloster in March, demanded the termination of the deportation proceedings and announced new public action. The asylum application was rejected in more than half of the 56 cases.
  • Row over unused PR material
    A depot with promotion material belonging to the former governor of Carinthia Gerhard Dörfler (FPK) was found in Villach. Another depot was found in the road construction office in Klagenfurt. Here, five pallets with books and helmets were discovered.
  • German President to visit Austria this week
    New German President Christian Wulff will come to Vienna this Wednesday, the office of Austrian President Heinz Fischer has announced.
  • Anti Church initiative fails to gain support
    The referendum "against church privileges" and "Democracy now!" both failed as they could not find 100,000 supporters. This means that the initiatives will not be passed on to the National Assembly.
  • Driving licences confiscated last year over 90,000 times in Austria
    A parliamentary request showed that 91,300 Austrians had their driving license withdrawn last year. The main reasons were alcohol, speeding and dangerous driving. The former MP Johann Maier (SPÖ) initiated the request in February.
  • Mini rental deals for top bankers discussed in Parliament
    There is once again a lot of fuss about alleged advantages for employees of the National Bank. 200 employees are said to live in flats owned by the Austrian National Bank for prices under the normal market value.
  • Stronach bribe claims
    Team Stronach is in the news once again: according to a report of the newspaper "Kurier", followers of the party have been promised posts and money in internal emails before the state elections in Lower Austria on 3 March 2013.
  • Fischler leads probe into illegal land subsidy claims
    The former EU commissioner for Agriculture Franz Fischler will lead a commission, which will examine controversial cases of subsidies for mountain farmers. Many Tyrolean farmers are facing high refunds and a stiff fine.
  • Mayr teams up with Stronach
    The Austro-Canadian billionaire Frank Stronach will support Hans-Peter Mayr’s list of the Team Stronach party in the state elections in Tyrol at the end of April. The list will be called "Stronach-Mayr".
  • Opposition to expensive renovation of Parliament
    The costs for the renovation of the Vienna parliament are estimated to be 528 million Euros. Oppositional parties warn of a further rise in cost and demand the "reduction to the essential".
  • Unpaid overtime row between unions and employers
    The Chamber of Labour (AK) and the Chamber of Commerce (WKÖ) have started a row about unpaid overtime. The AK criticises that 69 million overtime hours have not been paid in Austria. The WKÖ has its own figures.
  • FPÖ spokesman suspended
    The spokesperson of the Vienna Freedom Party (FPÖ) was suspended after posts with quotes of a war song of the Waffen-SS appeared on his Facebook page. The party is now examining the facts.
  • Hans Peter Mayr and Stronach may work together
    Frank Stronach will announce today (Thurs) whether he will support the list of Hans-Peter Mayr, which has been admitted by the state election board. Mr Stronach travelled to Tyrol yesterday in order to bring light to the situation.
  • Austrian politicians live in council house
    Should politicians be allowed to live in council houses? Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger (ÖVP) was forced to justify why he lived in a cheap apartment in the past.
  • No deal yet over ice rink
    The ice rink in Klagenfurt, capital of Carinthia (Southern Austria), has been a hotly debated issue among politicians. The mayor of Klagenfurt insists on his three-level plan, but the state of Carinthia wants to examine the project first.
  • Church is against change of holidays
    Along with the Chamber of Labour and the Chamber of Commerce, the Church has now opposed the change of the regulation of holidays in Vorarlberg. A part of the employee representatives demanded an adaption of the regulation to social reality.
  • New rules for cyclists introduced
    The cycling part of the road traffic regulations came into power on Sunday. Cyclists are now only allowed to use a phone with hands-free equipment. There will also be new ways to regulate cycling traffic.
  • More chaos surrounds Team Stronach in Tyrol
    Yesterday's (Thurs) discussions did not lead to an agreement of Team Stronach, whose list should compete in the elections in Tyrol (Western Austria). A lawyer announced that he would take legal action if present top canditates do not withdraw their candidacy.
  • Green Party demands new rent law debate
    The Green Party has repeatedly demanded a specific purpose for the promotion of apartments in Vienna. Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou considers the development in Vienna to be chaotic.
  • Votivkirche refugees: deportation possible
    The topic of the asylum seekers, who protested in Votivkirche and moved to the convent Servitenkloster, has not been discussed recently. 27 of the refugees have not been granted asylum, which means that some of them could be deported.
  • Carinthia has a coalition of three parties
    The SPÖ, the ÖVP and the Green Party have agreed on a coalition and signed the pact in Hotel Sandwirth in Klagenfurt yesterday (Tues) noon. This will be the first coalition of three parties in Carinthia’s history. The swearing-in ceremony of members of the government will take place today.
  • Controversial emergency helicopter flight
    An emergency helicopter flight for a four-year-old is remaining a controversial political topic. The insurance company Wiener Städtische has paid the bill of 4,249 Euros; however, the citizen’s forum Liste Fritz criticises that the office of Secretary Bernhard Tilg (ÖVP) should have been taken care of the issue.
  • Final result of referendum not surprising
    The final result of the Vienna referendum was announced after the last postal votes were counted yesterday (Mon). It does not significantly change the preliminary result. 38.7 percent of residents entitled to vote took part in the referendum.
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