In yet another slap in the face for an already reeling Europe, moments ago Austria’s Constitutional Court ruled on Friday that the presidential runoff election must be held again, handing the Freedom Party’s narrowly defeated candidate another chance to become the first right-wing head of state in the European Union. Norbert Hofer of the anti-immigration FPO lost the May 22 vote to former Greens leader Alexander Van der Bellen by less than one percentage point, or around 31,000 votes, all due to mailed-in ballots.
This prompted a loud outcry of allegations that the vote had been rigged. As it turns out the allegations were spot on.
As a reminder, one month ago – in the aftermath of the Freedom Party candidate’s loss by a negligible margin in the Austrian presidential runoff election – five voting districts were being investigated over postal vote irregularities in the close-run presidential election. Allegations of fraud arose from the far-right Freedom party of defeated candidate Norbert Hofer, after the Green candidate Alexander Van der Bellen just scrapped ahead with 31,000 votes when the postal ballot was counted. As a result, the anti-immigrant Freedom Party had challenged the election result earlier this month, alleging “catastrophic” violations of election law, especially in how mail-in ballots were processed.
Many were sceptical that anything of substance would be found, and yet that is precisely what happened: as the WSJ reports, the court found law violations in “many districts” in how the May 22 second-round vote was carried out, Mr. Neuwirth said. “It is for the [Constitutional Court] completely clear that the laws that regulate an election must be applied rigorously.”
“The challenge is granted,” chief justice Gerhart Holzinger said in announcing the verdict in Vienna Continue reading »
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It appears, just as we warned, that Brexit was indeed the first of many dominoes. Even before the Brexit result, a poll by Ipsos Mori showed that the majority of people in France and Italy want to at least have a referendum on leaving:
Meanwhile, over 40% of Swedes, Poles, and Belgians are in the same boat.
But now, as Martin Armstrong notes, Brussels simply went too far. They cross the line moving from an economic union to a political subordination of Europe. Now eight more countries want to hold referendums to exit the EU – France, Holland, Italy, Austria, Finland, Hungary, Portugal, and Slovakia all could leave.
Authorities in the Austrian town of Mistelbach issued a temporary pool ban for refugees following a sexual assault by a “dark-skinned’ man on a 13-year-old girl.
“This news was a shock,” said the town’s mayor, Alfred Pohl, as quoted by the Heute media outlet.
According to Austrian newspaper Kronen Zeitung, the attack happened on Wednesday afternoon.
The girl was first followed by a young man into the women’s changing room. Once there, he forced her to perform oral sex. The girl however fiercely resisted and started shouting, forcing the attacker to flee. Continue reading »
– Migrant rape fears spread across Europe: Women told not to go out at night alone after assaults carried out in Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Switzerland amid warnings gangs are co-ordinating attacks
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After yesterday’s presidential run-off round, the leader of Austria’s anti-immigration, right-wing party, Norbert Hofer held a comfortable lead based on votes from the ground, with Hofer leading the independent, pro-EU candidate Van der Bellen by 51.9% to 48.1%, according to interior ministry data. However, in the end it all came down to the postal votes, and as BBC reports, the Green Party leader, Alexander Van der Bellen has won Austria’s presidential election, preventing Norbert Hofer from becoming the EU’s first far-right head of state, the BBC has been told.
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urosceptic, anti-immigration Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer won Austria’s Presidential election with 51.9 percent of the vote, official data from the Ministry of the Interior states. The figures could change when postal ballots are counted.
The Ministry states that Green Party candidate Alexander van der Bellen garnered only 48.1 percent of the ballots cast. Continue reading »
One month ago, pro-European voices in Austria, and all of Europe, were suddenly muted when in the first round of the Austrian presidential election, Norbert Hofer head of Austria Freedom Party (FPO), described as a “Euroskeptic, right-wing, anti-immigrant party” crushed his opposition buoyed by a migration crisis that has heightened fears about employment and security across the continent, and gathered a whopping 35% of the vote leaving the other five legacy candidates far behind. Today, Austria holds the decisive, run-off round between Norbert Hofer and former Greens leader Alexander van der Bellen, which according to preliminary opinions polls was set to be a close vote… although probably not that close.
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Two weeks after Austria’s dramatic result in its first round presidential elections which saw the right wing, anti-immigrant Freedom Party sweeping its competition, gathering over 35% of the vote and leaving the other five candidates far behind, moments ago Austria unveiled the latest casualty from Europe’s anti-refugee, right wing revulsion when the country’s Chancellor Werner Faymann resigned after losing the support of his colleagues in the Social Democratic party.
“I am thankful for seven and a half years and wish my successor much luck,” he said at a hastily arranged press conference, the oe24.at news site reported. “I am standing down because I no longer have support in the party.” Continue reading »
Hundreds of anarchists and black bloc activists have spurred unrest at the Austrian-Italian border storming the train station, throwing stones, flares and smoke bombs at riot police, who used batons and tear gas against protesters.
The demonstration on Saturday at the Brenner mountain pass between Italy and Austria came in response to the enforcement of stricter border control measures to tackle the influx of refugees.
About 500 activists gathered in front of the main entrance to the train station, holding banners that read “Close the door to fascism,” “Time to launch social revolution,” “Borders down,” “Destroy barriers” and others.
At least 4 officers and several protesters were injured in the unrest, according to La Repubblica. Continue reading »
As Norway offers cash for refugees to leave, announcing that they won’t be accepting any more refugees from the EU, and Switzerland prepares its military to close down borders, the EU has seemingly had enough of every country acting as if it has any type of sovereignty left. The European Commission has announced that it is going to pull rank on everyone, and in Obama-like fashion, will be fining countries for not taking their fair share of refugees.
Here is a detailed summary of all that happened today in the ongoing European refugee crisis courtesy of Mish Shedlock.
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EU Plans $290,000 Per Person Fine on Countries Refusing “Fair Share” of Refugees; Case For Brexit Crystallized
The European Commission plans fines of $290,000 per person on countries refusing to take in their fair share of refugees.
This plan is aimed straight at Poland, Slovokia, Hungary, the Czech Republic, and Austria. Continue reading »
The area around Praterstern train station in Vienna is overrun by shiftless migrants from Afghanistan and North Africa who are selling drugs, fighting turf battles and assaulting female passersby. Police were dispatched to the area 6,265 times in 2015, or an average of 17 times a day.
- A 20-year-old asylum seeker from Iraq confessed to raping a 10-year-old boy at a public swimming pool in Vienna. The Iraqi said the rape was a “sexual emergency” resulting from “excess sexual energy.”
- Those who dare to link spiraling crime to Muslim mass migration are being silenced by the guardians of Austrian multiculturalism.
- According to data compiled by the Austrian Interior Ministry, nearly one out of three asylum seekers in Vienna was accused of committing crimes in 2015. North African gangs fighting for control over drug trafficking were responsible for roughly half of the 15,828 violent crimes — rapes, robberies, stabbings and assaults — reported in the city during 2015.
- Austria received 90,000 asylum requests in 2015, the second-highest number in the EU on a per capita basis, but this pales in comparison to what may lie ahead. Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka warned last month that up to one million migrants are poised to cross the Mediterranean from Libya to Europe.
The brutal gang rape of a woman by three Afghan asylum seekers in central Vienna on April 22 has shocked the Austrian public and drawn attention to a spike in migrant-related rapes, sexual assaults and other crimes across the country.
The migrant crime wave comes as the anti-immigrant Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) has surged in opinion polls. The party’s candidate, Norbert Hofer, won the first round of Austria’s presidential elections on April 24, and is on track to win the presidency in the second round, run-off election scheduled for May 22. Continue reading »
The fallout of popular anger emanating from Europe’s refugee crisis, which may have moderated in recent weeks following Europe’s desperate attempts to bribe Turkey to keep as many refugees in its borders as possible (unleashing the era of unprecedented Turkish leverage over European sovereigns, including Germany and the Netherlands) continued today with a dramatic result from the first round of Austria’s presidential election, where initial results showed that the candidate of the Freedom Party, Austria’s right-wing, anti-immigrant party has swept his competition, gathering over 35% of the vote and leaving the other five candidates far behind.
Among the losers were the hopefuls nominated by the government coalition, reflecting significant voter dissatisfaction with the country’s political status quo.
The early triumph by Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party is his party’s best-ever showing since its creation after World War II. Its previous best result was more than 27% in elections that decided Austria’s membership in the European Union. Continue reading »
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Just over a year ago, a black swan landed in the middle of Europe, when in what was then dubbed a “Spectacular Development” In Austria, the “bad bank” of failed Hypo Alpe Adria – the Heta Asset Resolution AG – itself went from good to bad, with its creditors forced into an involuntary “bail-in” following the “discovery” of a $8.5 billion capital hole in its balance sheet primarily related to ongoing deterioration in central and eastern European economies.
Austria had previously nationalized Heta’s predecessor Hypo Alpe-Adria-Bank International six years ago after it nearly collapsed under the bad loans it ran up when it grew rapidly in the former Yugoslavia. Having burnt through €5.5 euros of taxpayers’ money to prop up Hypo Alpe, Finance Minister Hans Joerg Schelling ended support in March 2015, triggering the FMA’s takeover. Continue reading »
2015 Austrian Mint Gold Sales Rose 215% From 2014.
Negative interest rates in Europe drove gold sales higher at the Austrian Mint.
The Austrian Mint sold a record 1.32 million ounces of gold in 2015. Indeed, as we reported last year, the Austrian Mint had already broken their old gold sales record by the end of the third quarter of 2015 with sales of 850,700 ounces. Continue reading »
27/03/2016 – EBERSCHWANG, Austria – Young woman raped
Two Afghan migrants have been arrested after they raped a 20 year old Austrian woman. Kronen Zeitung reports the woman met the men at a restaurant and she went home with them, when the alleged rape took place. Drugs may have also been a factor.
Both men, aged 24 and 23 deny rape.
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18/03/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – Smuggling Crime Boom Thanks To Migrant Crisis
New crime statistics in Austria show a massive increase in the number of cases of smuggling of people and goods across the Austrian border. Smuggling saw a record 84.9 percent increase since 2014 with 9,569 cases reported. Europol estimates a doubling or tripling of smuggler profits for 2016 reports the Kurier.
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16/03/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – Migrant dragged girls into basement for rape
Two young women were dragged into the basement of a Vienna building on Saturday as a 16 year old Libyan they met on public transport tried to rape them. As he tried to pull the girls into the underground room by grabbing their arms, the 20 year old escaped, and was able to call police.
Her 18 year old girlfriend was less lucky and was pulled down, where she was pressed to the ground and molested. She managed to prevent the rape by fighting back but was injured in the process, reports Kronen Zeitung. Police arrived and arrested the man responsible, who has been described as a Libyan “asylum seeker”.
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12/03/2016 – ST. JOHANN, Austria – 15 year old abused by marijuana migrants
A 15 year old Afghani migrant was sexually abused by several other migrant teens after they had smoked an unknown quantity of marijuana. The victim was threatened at knife-point and abused by four attackers in a sports field with another migrant filming the entire ordeal on his smartphone. Police have so far arrested 2 of the attackers and say the other three are being sought in connection with the crime, reports Kleine Zeitung.
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08/03/2016 – KLAGENFURT, Austria – Asylum seekers throw themselves in front of cars
A number of migrants have thrown themselves in front of moving cars in order to launch spurious injury claims against drivers. One such example is of a 27 year old asylum seeker on Saturday who waited by the side of the road before launching himself onto a moving car. Taken to hospital, doctors could find absolutely no injuries.
The individual is now under investigation for fraud. A similar incident earlier the same day saw a driver launch a claim for criminal damage against a jumping migrant for denting his car, reports Kronen Zeitung.
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04/03/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – Another Teen Girl Arrested for Trying to Join ISIS
An 18 year old Chechen-born girl was given a sentence of six months after she was convicted of involvement in a terrorist organization. The teen attempted to join ISIS in order to marry an Islamic state fighter in Syria. The verdict comes int he wake of another teen from Sweden who was arrested in Austria after attempting to go to Syria to also join ISIS.
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04/03/2016 – TRAISKIRCHEN, Austria – Donation Centre Burned to the Ground
Catholic charity Caritas had their donation centre burned down in the Austrian town of Traiskirchen which has been made a hub for migrants. Some 120 pallets full of clothing and hygiene products were destroyed in the blaze, reports Kurier. Eleven fire brigades and a total of 130 men helped put out the fire and police have so far not indicated they have any suspects and say it is too early to tell who might have set the fire.
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03/03/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – ‘Sharia police’ on patrol
Vienna’s Millennium City shopping centre has been visited by self proclaimed Islamic guardians of public morality, who have harassed women and hospitalised two men, reports Kronen Zeitung.
Patrolling on Friday night, the Chechen men of the patrol harassed a woman, her daughter, and their female friends as they walked from a nightclub near to midnight, shouting at them loudly. When the woman called her husband to come to her aid, the gang pounced, beating him to the ground. A bystander who witnessed the assault was also hospitalised.
Police are investigating.
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01/03/2016 – DORNBIRN, Austria – Teenager sexually assaulted
A 19 year old woman was sexually assaulted on Monday by a “Mediterranean” appearance man in a subway leading to the town railway station. The perpetrator pushed the woman to the ground and started to attack her, but she put up a spirited resistance and screamed for help, causing the man to flee. Krone reports the man escaped on a bicycle.
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26/02/2016 – VIENNA, Austria – Migrants stabbing attack at shopping centre
Five Afghan youths aged between 15 and 25 years old were responsible for a “bloody and exceedingly brutal” stabbing attack at ‘The Mall’ shopping centre in Vienna on Wednesday. Four men, two of whom were Iranian migrants, were attacked and injured, and eyewitnesses claimed a gun was discharged during the altercation, reports Kronen Zeitung.
The men were later arrested by police and a pistol found on one of the perpetrators was reported by police to be a “toy” — possibly a blank firing pistol.
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23/02/2016 – INNSBRUCK, Austria – Woman raped
A woman was raped on Monday evening after a man leapt from a hidden spot in a doorway and grabbed her, reports Die Kronen Zeitung. Described as having dark hair and a beard, the man spoke English during the attack. Police are appealing for witnesses.
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For Greece, Europe’s worsening refugee crisis amounts to an “insult to injury” scenario.
Just six months after Angela Merkel and the Brussels cabal put Athens through round after round of “mental waterboarding” on the way to granting the country a third bailout and preventing Greece from marking a messy exit from the common currency, Alexis Tsipras now finds himself on the front lines of a mass Mid-East migration to Western Europe.
To be sure, it’s not as though those who are (figuratively and literally) washing up on Greece’s shores are keen on settling in the socialist paradise that at times last summer took on the trappings of a Third World country. Rather, Greece is a transit point for those fleeing war to Europe and Athens obviously has limited resources with which to work when it comes to controlling the situation. Greece has been Continue reading »