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.
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.
New recycling campaign in Vienna
A new campaign for cleanliness of the magistrate MA 48 focuses on cigarette butts and dog excrement. Along with the slogan "Wo samma daham?" (Where do we live?) the penalties for offences are listed again.
A controversial regulation in the Citizenship Act
For those who want to apply for citizenship in Austria have to overcome many obstacles. Even those people who fulfill all criteria are sometimes rejected. A case in Tyrol shows that this could be due to a controversial regulation of the Citizenship Act.
Last preparations for the Vienna referendum
In the next few days, 1,5 million people will receive ballot papers for the upcoming referendum in Vienna. It will take place from 7-9 March but it is possible to vote earlier by post.
Votivkirche refugees end hunger strike
The Votivkirche refugees announced an end to their hungerstrike this morning after a well-attended demonstration on Saturday and an ‘encouraging’ letter from President Fischer.
Parking stickers rejected in Vienna-Hietzing
The parking sticker was rejected in a poll of residents in Vienna-Hietzing. Around a quarter of residents oppose an introduction of a parking sticker. 59% of 41,000 persons who are entitled to vote took part in the poll.
Referendum: the Olympic issue
The referendum "Wien will’s wissen" will take place from 7 to 9 March 2013. Residents from Vienna can answer four questions, including the issue whether Vienna should apply for the Olympics in 2028. Political parties have commented on the topic.
Victory for the SPÖ in Carinthia
The Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) won the regional elections in Carinthia (Southern Austria) yesterday (Sun), achieving 37.1%. The Freedom Party of Carinthia (FPK) lost most of the votes (-27.8%). The ÖVP, on third place (14.2%), was followed by the Green Party (11.8%).
Gerald Klug becomes new defence minister
The current defence minister Norbert Darabos will go back to the headquarters of the Social democratic party (SPÖ). His successor will be Gerald Klug who has been chairman of the SPÖ in the Austrian Federal Council.