Austria: Top court justice to lead caretaker government

Europe 05/30/19, 09:15

Austria's president said Thursday he will appoint the head of the country's top court to lead a caretaker government until new elections in September, after the previous one collapsed over a video scandal.Brigitte Bierlein, who has been president of Austria's Constitutional Court since February 2018, will be the country's first ...

Family, fans to attend requiem for Formula One’s Niki Lauda

Europe 05/29/19, 01:57

Family, friends and fans have gathered at St. Stephen's Cathedral in Vienna for a last farewell to Formula One great Niki Lauda.The wooden coffin of the three-time champion was decorated Wednesday with his red racing helmet and surrounded by six white candles, with two larger-than life portraits of Lauda behind ...

Austria: photo show of Holocaust survivors vandalized again

Europe 05/28/19, 07:26

The creator of a photo exhibit of Holocaust survivors in Austria expressed dismay Tuesday that his portraits were slashed and daubed with swastikas in three attacks this month, but said the vandalism serves to emphasize why the show is important."This destruction is the worst possible scenario," German-Italian artist Luigi Toscano ...

Austrian president formally dismisses Kurz’s government

Europe 05/28/19, 05:19

Austria's president has formally dissolved the country's government the day after Chancellor Sebastian Kurz lost a no-confidence vote in parliament.President Alexander Van der Bellen on Tuesday then temporarily appointed the same Cabinet ministers back into their old roles to ensure the government is properly run until he can appoint a ...

Ousted by parliament, Austria’s Kurz vows to win job back

World 05/27/19, 15:19

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz was ousted by parliament in a no-confidence vote Monday, paving the way for a new election. The young leader, riding high in popular support, defiantly vowed that he and his center-right People's Party would return to power with increased strength.The vote capped a week of turmoil ...

Austria: Interim ministers sworn in after video scandal

Europe 05/22/19, 06:33

Austria's president has sworn in new, technocratic ministers to replace politicians from the far-right Freedom Party who left the government amid a scandal surrounding its leader, but it remains unclear whether Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will survive a no-confidence vote next week.Austria faces early elections in September after the conservative Kurz's ...

Chinese official hands over new panda to Vienna zoo

Europe 05/20/19, 10:10

A senior Chinese official has officially handed over a 19-year-old male giant panda to Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo.Yuan Yuan arrived in Vienna last month and has spent the last few weeks in quarantine. He was chosen as a partner for Yang Yang, the zoo's 18-year-old female panda, who has been at ...

Austrian president eyes September as best time for new vote

Europe 05/19/19, 06:40

Austria's president says the first few days of September would be the best time to hold an early election after a covert video scandal shook up the country's politics.President Alexander Van der Bellen spoke Sunday after meeting with Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz.Kurz called for a new election after the resignation ...

Prominent Austrian Holocaust survivor Rudolf Gelbard dies

Europe 10/24/18, 23:07

Rudolf Gelbard, a prominent Austrian journalist and Holocaust survivor, has died. He was 87. Vienna's Jewish community said Wednesday that Gelbard died overnight after a long illness. President Alexander Van der Bellen said that "Austria has lost an important witness of the Shoah, a vigilant warning voice against anti-Semitism and a ...

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