BMW X6 gets flat packed by Romanian thieves

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Romanian car thieves who were moving their loot through Austria and into Hungary are under arrest after being stopped on their way back to their homeland with a dismantled top-of-the-range BMW X6 car in the back of their truck. Police said the crooks had just crossed into Hungary from Austria when they were pulled over […]

Snow Patrol v Far Right Austrian Party

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Austria’s far right Freedom Party (FPOe) is being sued by British rock band Snow Patrol for the illegal use of one of their songs in an election campaign. Universal Music, which represents the band, has launched legal action against the Freedom Party for using the song ‘Run’ without permission. It featured in a video which […]

Kampusch on Facebook, Online Dating and Those Who Escaped Justice

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Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch says she does not have a Facebook account because the social network giant had refused to believe who she was. The 26-year-old has been out of the news lately, admitting that she has been trying to find herself. She said: “It was a deliberate decision to have a quieter life […]

Escort girl jailed after duping Canadian out of 230K

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A Romanian escort girl has on Friday been sentenced to two years in prison by a Salzburg Regional Court after she was found guilty of tricking a Canadian man out of 230,000 EUR. The woman, who has a PhD degree in nuclear physics and was living in Austria, was broke when she met the man […]

Austria Accused Of Ignoring Giant Nazi Swastika

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A huge swastika that has scarred the walls of an Austrian castle for the past 80 years is still on view despite breaching strict postwar rules banning all Nazi symbols. Austrian officials stand accused of prevarication over the massive swastika that was painted on the side of Hochkraig Castle in the state of Carinthia in […]

Austrias bearded lady battles against Armenian Eurovision Rival

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A war of words has broken out between Austria’s bearded lady entry for the Eurovision Song Contest and an Armenian singer after he described her as “abnormal” and “unsuitable to take part in the event”. UK comedian Russell Brand had earlier described Conchita Wurst as his double while on a recent visit to the Austrian […]

Austria Eurovision song chosen by Conchita Wurst

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By Maddy French Conchita Wurst, Austria’s entry to the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, has announced what song she will be singing in the competition taking place in May. Wurst has chosen to go down the ballad route with the song ‘Rise like a Phoenix’, a cinematic orchestral number in a style that differs to the […]

Fashion trade fair in Vienna

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Around 100 Austrian and international exhibitors are showcasing their fashion and jewellery collections at the annual Modepalast trade fair taking place this March in Vienna. On a new location at the K├╝nstlerhaus on Karlsplatz, Modepalast will be running from 28 to 30 March and offering an array of designs available for shoppers to try on, […]

Language institute celebrates third birthday

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Vienna was treated to a “Carnival of Languages” last week as a language learning institute celebrated it’s third year in the city with an public event, including free classes and workshops. The Eton Institute Vienna put on dozens of activities at their third birthday event in the Vienna City Centre, including translating typically Viennese songs […]

Final state aid repayment from BAWAG PSK

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Austria will receive 350 million EUR owed by bank BAWAG PSK today, in the final repayment of the state aid provided to the lender during the financial crisis. The repayment comes after further capital was provided to BAWAG PSK by shareholders in March. Rumours that owners including investor Cerberus Capital Management are looking to sell […]