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Austria investigates Greek suspected of spying for Russia

Authorities in Austria said on Monday they investigate a 39-year-old Greek citizen on espionage. The suspect is said to have worked as a spy for Russian military intelligence service GRU. The suspect, who faces up to five years in prison for “supporting a secret intelligence agency to the detriment of …

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Greece proposed construction of power line to Austria, Germany

Greece has submitted a proposal for the construction of a direct electricity interconnection with Austria and Germany, with an initial capacity of 3.0 gigawatts, Environment and Energy Minister Kostas Skrekas revealed at the Renewable and Storage Forum on Thursday. “It is not an easy project but there is great need …

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Fraudster arrested in Thessaloniki on Austrian & Hungarian warrants

Police in Thessaloniki, northern Greece, have arrested a 26-year-old suspect for hacking and online scamming activities. The woman was wanted on two European arrest warrants issued by the Austrian and Hungarian authorities for allegations of fraud, forgery and money laundering between 2016 and 2021. Police are hunting for an unspecified …

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Greek President thanks Austrian volunteer firefighters

Greek President Katerina Sakellaropoulou expressed the country’s appreciation for the help Austrian volunteer firefighters and other volunteers provided with the multiple fires in Greece, on Monday. Sakellaropoulou is in Austria to attend the European Alpbach Forum and met at Innsbruck with a group of volunteer firefighters. She told them that …

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Germany, Luxembourg to take in migrant children, Austria to send containers

Something is finally moving in Europe regarding the migration problem is Greece and this despite the coronavirus pandemic. Germany and Luxembourg will take a few dozens of unaccompanied migrant children staying at overcrowded refugee camps, and Austria has pledged to send 181 special containers for the accommodation and health care …

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Merkel & Seehofer agree on “migrants’ transit centers” in the borders with Austria

Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) and her rebellious interior minister from Bavarian CSU, Horst Seehofer, reached a compromise on migration at almost literally the eleventh hour Monday, averting a government crisis for the time being. Mr. Seehofer, who threatened to resign the previous day, will stay in office. The two agreed …

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Austrian Chancellor Kurz calls on EU to end Turkey’s accession talks

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz condemned the human rights violations in Turkey and called on Brussels to end the EU accession talks with Ankara. “The talks on membership between the European Union and Turkey should be ended taking into account the system systematic violations of human rights and essential democratic values, and because the Copenhagen …

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Center-Right and Far-Right in Austria’s anti-migration coalition government

Austria is getting a 31-year-old chancellor who will be Europe’s youngest leader and a coalition government that puts members of a far-right party in charge of defense, foreign affairs and other key departments. Austria's government will include the far-right FPÖ, founded by former members of the Nazi party after WW2 …

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Xenophobic populist Sebastian Kurz wins Austrian elections

The leader of  center-right New People’s Party, Sebastian Kurz, won the Austrian elections on Sunday and is to be the next Chancellor. He turned 31 in August and once he assumes office he will be the younger leader in the Western world. According to preliminary results published by the Interior …

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Bitter row between Erdogan and Germany is getting tenser

Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan has further strained his country’s relationship with Germany by describing the main German political parties as “enemies of Turkey”. Speaking after Friday prayers to his supporters gathered in a mosque in Istanbul, the Turkish President criticised those who he said had an aggressive or disrespectful …

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Austria to stop giving food and shelter to rejected asylum seekers

Austrian authorities would not have to provide food and accommodation to migrants who are denied asylum and refuse to leave the country, under a draft law approved by the government Tuesday. The bill aims at encouraging asylum seekers to leave voluntarily. “The first thing is basically that they don’t get anything from the …

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Survey: 55% of Europeans against further Muslim Migration

Europeans are afraid of migration from mainly Muslim countries. A recent research poll conducted in among 10,000 people in ten European countries shows that the levels of public anxiety over immigration from mainly Muslim states are significant and widespread. The survey was conducted before US president Donald Trump signed the …

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