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In another stunning defeat for Europe’s establishment, as previewed earlier this morning Austria’s 31-year-old Sebastian Kurz is assured victory in the Austrian National Council elections, becoming Chancellor with his center-right People’s Party set to take roughly 30.2% of the vote – the best result in almost two decades – according to exit polls by Austrian broadcaster ORF, while just as shocking is that the anti-immigrant, nationalist Freedom Party appears set to top the Social Democrats in 2nd place with 26.8% of the vote: the two parties are expected to form a coalition government. If confirmed out by final results, that would be its strongest performance for the Freedom Party since the 26.9% it won in 1999 when the party was led by the charismatic Jorg Haider. Meanwhile, Chancellor Christian Kern’s Social Democrats are looking at another devastating – for Europe’s establishment – loss, sliding to 3rd spot with just 26.3% of the vote.
The full breakdown from the initial exit polls vs the last election results in 2013:
VIENNA (AP) — Wrapping up a bruising political campaign season, Austrian political parties were counting down to an election Sunday that could turn the country to the right amid voter concerns over immigration and Islam.
The vote is coming a year ahead of schedule after squabbles led to the breakup last spring of the coalition government of the Social Democrats and the People’s Party. A total of 16 parties are vying for 183 seats in the national parliament and will be chosen by Austria’s 6.4 million eligible voters. But less than a dozen parties have a chance of getting seats.
“Integration through performance”
A groundbreaking new law regulating the integration of immigrants has gone into effect in Austria. The so-called Integration Law — which bans full-face Muslim veils in public spaces and prohibits Islamic radicals from distributing the Koran — establishes clear rules and responsibilities for recognized asylum seekers and refugees who are granted legal residence in the country.
Austrian officials say the main goal of the law is to promote respect for Austrian values, customs and culture; Muslims claim that the measure unfairly targets them and will promote “Islamophobia.”
As of October 1, anyone covering his or her face in public with a burka, niqab or mask is subject to a fine of €150 ($175). The law, which follows similar bans in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, requires the face to be completely visible in all public spaces, including bus, rail, air and sea transport. Those who refuse to comply are subject to arrest.
A 39-year-old Somalian asylum seeker who fled Sweden after attempting to kill his wife with an axe has been found and arrested in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
The 39-year-old Somalian had carried out the attack on his wife in June of last year in the remote municipality of Torpsbruk. He hit his wife with the axe repeatedly and only stopped after waking up their children and then fled, Kronen Zeitung reports.
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An 18-year-old migrant from Afghanistan has been arrested in the Austrian capital of Vienna after police alleged he stabbed his own 14-year-old sister to death in an apparent honour killing.
The 18-year-old is said to have killed his sister on Monday after getting into a heated argument with her because she had complained to her parents about not wanting to go to school.
The young Afghan claimed he had “exploded” after his sister had shouted at their parents and physically pushed him, Kronen Zeitung reports.
Newly released figures show that over 4,000 migrants who came to Austria to claim asylum have gone underground and many have left for other more desirable countries in Europe.
By the end of August, there were an estimated 4,364 asylum seekers who have gone underground this year during their asylum process. Most of the asylum seekers are expected to have left the country to head to another country.
The number is a slight decrease from last year when 4,557 migrants went missing and in 2015 when the number peaked at 7,963, Der Standard reports.
Islam to surpass Christianity as largest religion in Austria’s capital in less than 30 years.
igher Muslim birth rates, mass migration, and the secularization of Austrian society could lead to Muslims surpassing Christians as the largest religious group within a generation in the Austrian capital of Vienna, the birthplace of Classical music and Western thought.
According to a study published by the prestigious Vienna Institute of Demography, in less than 30 years every third Viennese will be Muslim. Austria’s leading newspaper Kronen Zeitung reported:
Muslim students, according to new statistics, now outnumber Roman Catholic students at middle and secondary schools in Vienna, the capital and largest city of Austria.
A new analysis by the Austrian armed forces warns that Europe should be cautious about celebrating the slowdown of migration from Africa saying the numbers could be much higher in the near future.
The report, which was published in the Austrian Military Magazine (OeMZ), analyses the South Saharan-Zone in Africa (SAHEL) and concludes that due to a population explosion, limited resources, and religious extremism, a push for mass migration is increasingly likely, Kronen Zeitung reports.
The report notes that the SAHEL region has a population of around 540 million people under the age of 18, and also has the highest birthrates in the world with countries like Niger having an average rate of 7.6 children per woman. By 2050, statisticians expect that Africa will have over 1 billion people under the age of 18, while Europe will have a mere 130 million.
🆘‼️😯 Austria: Female Austrian cyclists show the Islamic ghetto formation in the recreation area of Vienna at the weekend. Only 2:19 minutes! pic.twitter.com/8tPTmjT74P
— Onlinemagazin (@OnlineMagazin) August 1, 2017
Looks like Vienna is finished!
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Im niederösterreichischen Pöggstall regt sich massiver Widerstand in der Bevölkerung gegen die geplante Aufnahme von 40 Asylanten aus Syrien. Diese sollen in leerstehende Reihenhäuser der Wohngenossenschaft „Alpenland“ ziehen dürfen. Auf Facebook gibt es bereits eine Protestgruppe mit nahezu 900 Mitgliedern.
Einheimische bezahlen für Häuser, Asylanten nicht
A swimming pool in Austria has had to put up signs warning male migrants not to grope women or enter their changing room, in an effort to prevent sexual assaults from taking place.
The signs have been discovered posted in a swimming pool in Perchtoldsdorf, a town not far from Vienna.
One sign shows a picture of a young female in a bikini, with three hands appearing to try and grope her. The sign reads ‘NO!’ and next to it explains ‘physical contact with other guests is forbidden’ in English, French, and Arabic.
Another has a picture of a man about to enter a female changing room, with the words ‘STOP!’ written above it and ‘entry is forbidden in non-designated areas’ written beside it.
A large stovepipe tornado touched down near Vienna International Airport in Austria during the afternoon hours of July 10, 2017. Although local media reports mention a preliminary rating of F1, the event was accompanied by fist-sized hailstones that damaged huge swaths of agricultural land, causing a total damage of 15 million euros. This is the second highest damage in a storm in Austria.
The tornado, somewhat rare for this region, touched down around 16:20 CET (18:20 UTC). It was produced by an isolated supercell that crossed the eastern part of Austria, on its way toward Slovakia.
At this time, there are no specific reports of the infrastructural damage it caused, but the twister temporarily suspended all nearby air traffic and was accompanied by fist-sized hailstones that pounded Vienna metropolitan area, damaging around 10 000 hectares (24 710 acres) of agricultural land. Some of the hailstones were reportedly as large as 5.5 cm (2.1 inches).
“The Italian government has warned that after years of taking in hundreds of thousands of migrants, the country is now at breaking point.”
Austria has deployed armoured vehicles close to its border with Italy and will send up to 750 soldiers to guard the frontier against migrants, the government said on Tuesday.
The move reflects deep concern in Vienna and elsewhere in Europe over the huge number of asylum seekers who continue to cross the Mediterranean from the coast of Libya – so far this year more than 85,000 have been rescued and brought to Italy.