FPÖ ball all-clear angers NGOs

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Refugee charity organisations and anti-fascism groups are infuriated by news that a right-wing movement may host a ball at the presidential office next year. Freedom Party (FPÖ) Vienna whip Johann Gudenus said today (Tues) that managers of Hofburg Palace granted his faction’s application to organise a ball at the venue in 2013. Hofburg Palace is […]

Revival for rightist Hofburg Palace bash

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The Freedom Party (FPÖ) has been given the all-clear to host a ball at Hofburg Palace next year. The right-wing faction headed by Heinz-Christian Strache has been accused of failing to disassociate from right-wing extremists and neo-Nazis for decades. Several FPÖ parliament members (MPs) and high-ranking representatives of the party as well as spearheads of […]

Hitler hometown deals with sinister past

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The birthplace of Adolf Hitler is showing more and more effort in critically reviewing its dark legacy. A majority of residents of Braunau are confronted with the town’s connection to the Third Reich leader who committed suicide shortly before the end of World War Two (WWII). A study by sociologist Judith Forstner reveals that four […]

Economic ties at risk due to Turkey-bashing, says Vranitzky

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Franz Vranitzky has expressed doubts whether Austrian businesspeople feel represented by the country’s politicians due to their “inexplicable bashing of Turkey.”The former Social Democratic (SPÖ) chancellor said today (Fri) it was “not plausible” why Austria has made itself the “spearhead” of European countries opposing a Turkish accession of the European Union (EU).”I just don’t understand […]

Islamophobic shooter game triggers trial

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A right-wing politician could be jailed for two years over a controversial computer game.Styrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) chief Gerhard Kurzmann will be in court later this year for putting “Moschee ba ba” (Bye, bye mosque) online ahead of last year’s provincial election, it was announced today (Thurs). Prosecutors in Graz accuse the councillor of agitation […]

Austrian Muslims name new leader

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Thousands of Vienna-based Muslims will head to the polls this Sunday to elect a new representative of their community.Around 10,000 members of the religious community registered to participate in the ballot which marks the end of a round of votes across the country. Only 100,000 people will have taken part in all of the elections […]

FPÖ-internal feud hots up as Strache stays away from WWII commemoration

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A far-right member of the European Parliament (MEP) has called on Freedom Party (FPÖ) boss Heinz-Christian Strache not to deny the roots of his party.FPÖ MEP Andreas Mölzer told the Kurier newspaper today (Weds) Strache “must not be afraid” of pictures showing him with members of controversial student fraternities. Several FPÖ members of the Austrian […]

Pröll quits due to health ‘warning sign’

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People’s Party (ÖVP) boss Josef Pröll has ended ongoing speculations about his health and role in the government by announcing his step down from all political roles.The former agriculture minister – who was sworn in as vice chancellor and finance minister in December 2008 – said today (Weds) he decided to retire after consultations with […]

Petzner admits speeding

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A right-wing politician has vowed to “draw political conclusions” from being caught speeding.Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) MP Stefan Petzner confirmed newspaper reports that he lost his licence for going at too high speed.Referring to the incident last December, the BZÖ Carinthia chief claimed he drove because of a “medical emergency”. Petzner said […]

Social benefits for dog ‘joke’ causes a stir

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A Green Party official has asked prosecutors to investigate against a right-wing politician over a controversial joke he posted on his Facebook profile.Gottfried Plichta of the Freedom Party’s (FPÖ) branch in the Lower Austrian town of Hirtenberg wrote on his page of the social networking platform that his dog was granted welfare benefits “because he […]