Latest Austria government News

Austrian ex-vice chancellor acquitted in corruption trial

Jul. 29, 2022 08:06 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Former Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache was acquitted Friday in a corruption trial, the second he has faced since a scandal surrounding him brought down the country's government in 2019. Strache was accused of procuring a post on the supervisory board...

Austrian, Hungarian leaders discuss migration, Ukraine war

Jul. 28, 2022 08:22 AM EDT

VIENNA (AP) — Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer welcomed Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban in Vienna on Thursday for bilateral talks that focused on migration as well as on the war in Ukraine and its consequences. The meeting of the two central European leaders came only days...

Austria ends COVID-19 quarantine for those with no symptoms

Jul. 26, 2022 11:35 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — People infected with COVID-19 will no longer have to quarantine themselves in Austria if they don't exhibit any symptoms, the country's health minister announced Tuesday. The alpine country is scrapping mandatory quarantine for people who have tested positive but...

Austria's far-right Freedom Party names presidency candidate

Jul. 13, 2022 07:09 AM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Austria's far-right Freedom Party has chosen former lawmaker Walter Rosenkranz as its candidate to challenge liberal incumbent Alexander Van der Bellen in the country's presidential election in October. The party said its leadership nominated Rosenkranz, 59,...

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...