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Austria scraps COVID vaccine mandate, says it split society

Jun. 23, 2022 09:54 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's health minister announced Thursday that the country is scrapping a dormant coronavirus vaccine mandate, saying the measure risked polarizing society and could even lead to fewer people getting the shot. The government announced plans last year requiring all...

Austrian government presents package to cushion inflation

Jun. 14, 2022 03:24 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — The Austrian government on Tuesday presented a package of measures aimed at cushioning the impact of high inflation that includes 500-euro ($523) payments for all residents and a three-month delay to a new levy on carbon dioxide emissions. The government, a coalition...

Austrian COVID vaccine mandate to remain suspended in summer

May. 25, 2022 13:19 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's coronavirus vaccination mandate has been suspended for another three months until the end of August. A parliamentary committee signed off Wednesday on an order from the health minister extending the suspension, the Austria Press Agency reported. ...

Austria's president seeks reelection after turbulent term

May. 22, 2022 11:31 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's 78-year-old president said Sunday that he will seek reelection later this year, following a term that has seen him pilot the Alpine country through repeated political upheaval. Alexander Van der Bellen, a liberal politician who once led the Green party, said...

Live updates | UN Chief: War in Ukraine driving world hunger

May. 18, 2022 18:04 PM EDT

UNITED NATIONS -- The United Nations chief said Wednesday he is in “intense contacts” with Russia and other countries to stop escalating global hunger exacerbated by the war in Ukraine by allowing the export of grain stored in Ukrainian ports and ensuring Russian food and fertilizers have...

Austrian chancellor tells Putin to end Ukraine war

Apr. 11, 2022 13:14 PM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer said Monday that he urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to end the invasion of Ukraine and raised the issue of “serious war crimes” committed by the Russian military. Nehammer was the first European leader to meet Putin in...

European leaders stream into Ukraine to show solidarity

Apr. 09, 2022 14:52 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer on Saturday joined the stream of European leaders showing their support for Ukraine by traveling to the nation’s capital for face-to-face meetings with President Volodymyr Zelenskyy. Johnson’s...