MP accuses Austrian government of Madoff cover up An Austrian MP has filed a series of Parliamentary questions to make public allegations that senior banking officials and others in the Alpine Republic had actively worked with Bernie Madoff to create his global Pyramid scheme.
FPÖ in 150,000 Euro spending mystery Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) in Carinthia must account for over 150,000 Euros in unexplained spending, says the local court of auditors (RH).
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Cycle paths to be painted green
Vice Mayor Maria Vassilakou (Green Party) wants to paint cycle paths in Vienna with a length of 1,223 km green. A test route along the Ringstrasse will be painted next week.
SPÖ see devastating loss after weekend election
The SPÖ lost a huge amoung of votes in the Salzburg state election yesterday (Sun). The party of Governor Gabi Burgstaller only achieved 23.81%, which is a loss of 15.58% compared to 2009. Even though the ÖVP lost more than seven percent, they came first. The Green Party is a winner of this election.
Video cameras to enforce emergency lane
One month ago, Traffic Minister Doris Bures presented her plan to monitor emergency lanes on motorways by video cameras. The new regulation has been substantiated: 49 sections will be monitored.
ÖVP NÖ wants to slow wind farm madness
The ÖVP wants to reduce wind farms in order not to spoil the image of the landscape. The government of Lower Austria decided to develop a new Planning Law and to keep the budget low.
Faymann warns against greed in society
The SPÖ converted its traditional May Parade at Rathausplatz in Vienna to some kind of unofficial election campaign. Chancellor and head of the SPÖ Werner Faymann appealed to his party officials to put "every effort" in the time before the elections.
BZO and Lugner join forces over Sunday opening
Shopping centre operator Richard Lugner has been fighting for Sunday opening hours in his shopping centre "Lugner City" in Vienna. He is now supported by the BZÖ and will lobby in Brussels for the extension of opening hours.
Finance scandal reason for early election
The financial scandal in Salzburg has been hotly debated since last December. Many people lost their trust in the government and this has led to early elections on 5 May.
Austria celebrates May Day as a Bank Holiday
A lot of events will take place on today’s May Day: The traditionally biggest event is the manifestation of the SPÖ at town hall square in Vienna. The famous Austrian singer DJ Ötzi will motivate people to party in Vienna Prater.
FPK to merge with the FPÖ
The FPK, the Freedom Party of Carinthia (Southern Austria), plans to remerge with the Federal FPÖ at the end of June. Christian Ragger, head of the FPK, stated that a joint party congress would take place before the merger on 28 June.
Greens demand lower rents in Vienna
The Green Party of Vienna held their 69th state assembly at the Chamber of Labour. Vice mayor Maria Vassilakou focused on the rental debate and demanded "a new rental law".
OeVP stays number 1 after Tyrol election
The ÖVP surprised at the state elections in Tyrol last weekend. Despite surveys, they achieved almost the same result as in 2008. The SPÖ came second, the Green Party increased their voting percentage and "Vorwärts Tirol" achieved four mandates.
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.
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.
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".