15 minutes free parking instead of 10

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The 15-minute parking ticket will replace the 10-minute parking ticket in autumn. The only alternative is to buy your parking ticket with your phone. A parking clock does not protect you from a fine. The coalition of SPÖ and the Green Party in Vienna has decided to introduce a new free 15-minute parking ticket. It […]

Huge debate over multilingualism in Austria

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Possible projects for a “multilingual oriented educational concept” have led to a debate in Vienna. The SPÖ, ÖVP and FPÖ are currently discussing the two sides of the issue: “multilingualism as a chance” and “German as a priority”. The “forum.wien.welt.offen”, an expert group that has replaced the commission of migration of the city of Vienna, […]

Row over slow pace of Schwedenplatz redevelopment

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The planned redevelopment of Schwedenplatz and Morzinplatz in Vienna has caused troubles. Head of the district Ursula Stenzel (ÖVP) thinks that the planning phase is taking too long. Planning Chief Maria Vassilakou rejects the accusations. The head of the first district accuses the City of Vienna of biding their time as there is apparently no […]

Debate over planned stop for wind farms in Lower Austria

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The ÖVP of Lower Austria announced that they would stop the expansion of wind farms. The interest group IG Windkraft strongly criticises this as they claim that the law undermines the turning point of energy. According to the new Spatial Planning Law, wind farms cannot be built everywhere any longer. The government of Lower Austria […]

Novomatic in debate over possible state subsidies

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There is a huge amount of people who are addicted to gambling in Styria. One of these is a 38-year-old father. He has huge debts and is now suing the manufacturer Novomatic who makes slot machines. There are 60,000 to 80,000 people addicted to gambling in Styria, said the head of the KPÖ, Claudia Klimt-Weithaler. […]

Vienna backs down over parking and offers 15 minutes free

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The newspaper “Kurier” reported that the coalition of SPÖ and the Green Party in Vienna have decided to introduce a new free 15-minute parking ticket. It will be issued starting in September. Traffic councilor and vice mayor Maria Vassilakou (Green Party) kept her promise to examine the proposal of the driver’s clubs ÖAMTC and ARBÖ. […]

Fraud probe over school registration

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The judiciary is still dealing with fake registrations of students in Burgenland. Students were registered as residence in several municipalities in order to stop the closing of schools. New charges have now been filed. The public prosecutor’s office of Vienna has now made further charges against the mayor of Deutsch Schützen, Franz Wachter (ÖVP), the […]

Court rejects Strasser’s allegations

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The legal charges made against “Upper Austrian News (OÖN) by the former Interior Minister Ernst Strasser (ÖVP) were  rejected. Mr Strasser charged the newspaper due to their reporting of the lobbying affair for slander. The former politician considered two articles of the OÖN to have damaged his reputation. The newspaper wanted to establish the facts […]

Cycle paths to be painted green

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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. Colourful cycle paths have been set up in cities like London and Munich. According to Maria Vassilakou, residents of Vienna will love it too. […]

SPÖ see devastating loss after weekend election

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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. It […]