Desperate fruit growers using candles to warm their trees.
Surprising return of winter
22 Apr 2017 – Snow and night frost are killing the young plants that have already flowered, especially the fruit trees.
Large parts of the harvest are at stake along with the very existence of many farmers in the fruit and juice sector, especially in Upper Austria. Continue reading »
Record snowfall. The most snow EVER in the second half of April.
Severe winter weather led to chaos on Austrian roads, power failures, and panic among wine growers on Wednesday evening and Thursday. In the east of Austria came record snow. In the mountains there was as much snow as never before in the second half of April. Continue reading »
New giant viruses found at an Austrian wastewater treatment plant probably evolved from a smaller virus that picked up bits of genome from its hosts and incorporated it, Frankenstein-like, into its own genetic code.
The viruses — four species in a new group dubbed the Klosneuviruses — are a type of Mimivirus. The giant viruses in the Mimivirus group were discovered just in 2003. Giant viruses live up to their name: They can reach sizes of up to 500 nanometers in diameter, compared to a few dozen nanometers for typical viruses. Giant viruses also have more complicated genetic machinery than their tinier cousins. Continue reading »
The grand coalition government of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) and the Socialist Party (SPÖ) have now agreed to ban the full-face Islamic veil, known as the burqa, as part of a new integration package.
The grand coalition agreed on the burqa ban proposal Tuesday as part of a new sweeping integration package that aims to tackle issues with asylum seekers as well as Islamic fundamentalism. Much of the legislation had already been proposed by Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz of the ÖVP last year but was not agreed upon until the two parties renegotiated their coalition agreement earlier this year, Die Welt reports. Continue reading »
Fourteen people were arrested last Friday in raids in the Austrian capital of Vienna and the city of Graz.
Prosecutors said the coordinated action, which involved 800 officers, was part of an ongoing investigation into suspected membership in the terrorist organization ISIS.
Police also reportedly raided unofficial mosques where supporters of ISIS, against which the Trump administration has declared war, may have been meeting.
Among those arrested, at least four were from the Balkan country of Bosnia-Herzegovina, a former federal unit of Yugoslavia. They are suspected of being part of the so-called Bosnian Network, run by a preacher who received a 20-year sentence in July 2016 for recruiting young fighters for ISIS. Continue reading »
Austria is joining forces with 15 other Eastern European countries to stem the flow of migrants northwards, as they believe the European Union (EU) has failed in its duty to protect the region’s borders.
Under the banner of the Balkan Frontier Defence Project, the countries will ensure that their police and military forces are in constant contact to ensure the vigilant protection of the national borders northwards of Greece, and repelling illegal immigrants from those borders.
Austrian Defence Minister Hans-Peter Doskozil (SPÖ), told Die Welt: “We do not believe that the EU’s external borders are adequately protected so far by the EU. That is why Austria, together with 15 other countries along the Balkan route and the Visegrád states, is planning a close cooperation in the framework of a new Balkan frontier defence project. Continue reading »
A new study on European attitudes toward Muslim migration has revealed that 55 per cent of Europeans in ten different countries want a halt to migration from majority Muslim nations.
The study was carried out by Chatham House, the Royal Institute of International Affairs, and surveyed European attitudes to Muslim migration in the UK, Belgium, Germany, Greece, Poland, Italy, Hungary, France, Austria, and Spain. The 10,000 people surveyed were asked whether they agreed with the statement, “All further migration from mainly Muslim countries should be stopped”.
Apart from Spain (41 per cent) and the UK (47 per cent), a majority in every country wanted a ban on Muslim immigrants. Across all countries, an average of 20 per cent disagreed with the statement, and in no country did the percentage that disagreed surpass 32 per cent. Continue reading »
Young migrants caused panic on the Vienna subway by chanting “Allahu Akbar” and waving around airsoft guns until a passenger intervened.
The incident occurred at 2pm Monday afternoon on the Vienna u-bahn, the city’s subway system. According to witnesses, the group of four young migrants began shouting “Allahu Akbar” at the Schweglerstrasse station on the U3 line. The migrants also shouted phrases in Arabic at the frightened passengers as they waved around their airsoft guns, Kronen Zeitung reports.
One of the witnesses was terror expert Amer Albayati who told the Austrian paper the migrant teens fired their airsoft guns on the subway car. As the teens screamed in Arabic, he said most passengers fled but one man did not. Mr. Albayati said that the man tried to overpower the migrants and get them off the train. Continue reading »
Austrian Islamists were in the process of drawing up plans to set up a caliphate in Austria, a massive raid conducted by over 800 Austrian police officers has revealed.
On Thursday morning around 800 Austrian police officers conducted a series of raids in the capital of Vienna and in Graz which saw 16 separate domestic premises searched, and led to the arrest of fourteen radical Islamists who are thought to be connected to the Islamic State terror group.
The musical career of a Vienna Symphony Orchestra musician may be over after several men he described as asylum seekers broke his finger after attacking him on the subway.
Vienna is known as the city of classical music and professional viola player Michael Buchmann is a noted member of the world-renowned Vienna Symphony Orchestra. He was travelling on the Vienna subway, known as the U-bahn, Saturday evening having just returned to the city from a performance in the German city of Dortmund. Continue reading »
Austrian firearm legislation liberalisation campaigner Dr. Georg Zakrajsek has been sentenced to five months in prison for claiming that Islam had declared war on the Western world.
The Vienna court ruled Mr. Zakrajsek, secretary general of the pro-gun Society for Liberal Gun Laws in Austria (IWÖ), was guilty of incitement and hate speech.
In December 2015, he posted to his website that “the Muslims have declared war on us all”, and added “our traitorous politicians determined to be on their side. They promote and facilitate terrorism. But we will fight,” Kurier reports. Continue reading »
Europe will see a huge increase in Africans migrating to its shores in the next few years if Brussels fails to protect the borders, according to Austrian military intelligence.
Analysis by the Austrian Army Intelligence Office (HNnA) shows population growth and rising unemployment in Africa will add an extra 15 million people to the continent’s “workforce surplus” by 2020.
Unless the European Union (EU) makes changes to its asylum policy and increases aid payments to the most affected countries in Africa, an army of young people who are unable to find jobs at home will be tempted to migrate to Europe for a better life, the HNaA warns. Continue reading »
Emergency services were inundated Saturday night across Austria as multiple reports of sex assaults emerged, many committed by young men described as having a foreign appearance.
Although Cologne was the focus of migrant-perpetrated sex attacks last year, there were also many cases that occurred in neighbouring Austria. New police reports show that the situation hasn’t changed from last year with multiple cases of sexual assault, violence, and attacks with fireworks committed across the country, reports Der Standard.
In the city of Salzburg, a 31-year-old woman from Germany is said to have been sexually assaulted by an 18-year-old migrant. The Afghan migrant, who was said to be heavily intoxicated at the time, repeatedly tried to kiss the woman on the lips during the midnight celebration and grabbed her genital area. Continue reading »
An Afghan migrant attacked a woman at an asylum centre in Austria because she was reading a bible.
The attack took place in the town on Timelkam in the state of Upper Austria. The attacker was a 22-year-old migrant from Afghanistan who became annoyed that the 50-year-old woman had been invited by Christian residents to read the bible.
Austrian paper Kronen Zeitung says he ran into the kitchen where the woman was talking and attempted to stab her in her upper body. Her thick winter coat protected from serious harm, however she fell and injured her ear due the force of the blow. Continue reading »
A NATIVITY play was turned into chaos after an asylum seeker stormed the stage and started preaching from the Koran.
The Somali asylum seeker suddenly leapt on stage during the traditional depiction of the Christian story in the Austrian town of Oberndorf near Schwanenstadt in the state of Upper Austria, causing horror and upset amongst the children and parents.At first, no one had reacted when the asylum seeker came to the venue and stood next to the stage where children of nursery school age were performing. Continue reading »
THERE has been a surge in firearm sales in Austria since the migrant crisis in Europe, with some citizens now reporting they “feel like foreigners” in their own country.
Gun stores have reported a quadruple growth in the sales of firearms, with some owners attributing the sales to a spike in violent crime.
During an interview with NRATV, Jeffrey Pang, who works for Austria’s oldest firearms store, linked the rise in the self-defence market to “the immigrant crisis in Europe”. Continue reading »
After Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz made good on his promise to veto European Union membership talks for Turkey, the country has vowed to retaliate.
Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Cavusoglu has slammed the actions of his Austrian counterpart during an interview with Turkish television. He said that Turkey would look to confront the alpine country and “will fight against Austria at all levels” due to the delay in Turkish accession talks that could lead eventually to full membership of the EU, reports Die Presse.
Mr. Cavusoglu said on Thursday, “I will not discuss with Austria, whose parliament takes decisions against us, and whose media reports badly about us”. The Turkish government had previously taken issue with Austrian paper Kronen Zeitung after they reported that the Turkish supreme court had repealed legislation which effectively lowered the sexual age of consent to as low as twelve.
The Kronen Zeitung article led to a diplomatic spat between the two countries after the headline was broadcast over the news ticker at Vienna International airport.
Cavusoglu again repeated the threat that if Austria and Europe did not change their minds on continuing the membership negotiations then Turkey would cancel the EU-Turkey migrant agreement which could see thousands of migrants cross into Greece per day. Continue reading »
The Austrian Court of Auditors has slammed the government’s deportation policy and released figures that show almost 40,000 migrants went into hiding to avoid deportation from 2010 to 2014.
A total of 39,370 migrants are said to have gone underground to avoid deportations from 2010 to 2014, the Court of Auditors (RH) has claimed in a new report released Wednesday. During the four-year period, the number of people going into hiding had increased from 51 per cent to over 57 per cent casting doubt on the efficacy of the Austrian government’s deportation practices, reports Kronen Zeitung. Continue reading »
The Austrian government is set to amend the laws which govern the use and possession of firearms so that illegal immigrants and asylum seekers will no longer have access to purchasing them.
The new changes to the extant amendment to the Weapons Act, which was approved Thursday by the Internal Committee of the National Council prohibits asylum seekers and migrants living in Austria illegally from access to firearms. The bill, which will take effect in March of next year, also looks to manage the use of arms by security agencies and police, a press release from the government stated. Continue reading »
H/t reader squodgy:
“Juncker says no to more referendums on EU membership because he fears for his pension.
However there are two separate issues here and referenda for a variety of issues will be used all over Europe to dilute and divert emotion and attention away from the federal elephant in the room.”
Is this the most important time in the EU’s history?
Italy and Austria take votes at the beginning of December that could destabilize or even end the euro and the EU itself.
This is part of a destabilizing trend that we’ve long noted and anticipated, some 16 months ago with the destruction of the EU’s Schengen agreement that used to stand for free-travel throughout Europe.
The two potential upheavals are the Italian referendum and the Austrian election, both of which are set to occur on the same day, December 4th. Continue reading »
As Sunday’s Austrian presidential election looms, anti-mass migration candidate Norbert Hofer blasted German Chancellor Angela Merkel accusing her of allowing terrorists into Europe.
In the latest debate, aired on Austria’s ATV network, populist Freedom Party (FPÖ) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer said that Merkel’s migrant policies were “causing serious damage to Europe” and claimed that the result of her open door policy last year allowed for well over a million migrants “including terrorists to trek through Austria”, reports Zeit Online. Continue reading »
The left-wing extremist Antifa group plan to march from Vienna’s busiest shopping district to the anti-mass migration Freedom Party (FPÖ) headquarters and “visit” several right-wing fraternities along the way.
The march, dubbed, “F*ck Hofer” is set for Saturday, the day before the Austrian presidential election that sees FPÖ candidate Norbert Hofer square off against ex-Green party leader Alexander Van der Bellen. The Antifa group say that they will march from the Mariahilfestrasse shopping district to the headquarters of the FPÖ hitting several “targets” along the way, reports Kronen Zeitung.
Aside from the FPÖ headquarters the extremists plan to “visit” several right-wing fraternities in the Josefstadt district known as the Burschenshaft. These fencing fraternities, which were formed by students who resisted Napoleon and played a large role in the 1848 revolutions, are linked to the FPÖ as Norbert Hofer himself is a member of the Marko-Germania fraternity. Continue reading »
Austria has suffered a sharp uptick in the number of criminal complaints made against migrants over the last year, latest figures from the interior ministry show.
Vienna saw the highest number of complaints made against migrants, with 960 criminal complaints made against Afghanis in the city between January and August of this year, up from 730 for the whole of 2015.
During the same period, criminal charges against Algerian migrants increased from 1,229 to 1,353, and for Nigerians, the numbers went up from 1,168 to 1,280. Overall, there was a 38.8 per cent rise in the number of criminal complaints made against migrants since the beginning of 2015.
The amount of crime committed by migrants was already significant: last year there were an astonishing 42,010 crimes against property offences committed by migrants, and a staggering 23,951 charges of bodily harm brought. Continue reading »
A 72-year-old woman who needs constant medical care after being brutally raped by a migrant last year has never recovered and is now dying.
Breitbart London reported on the brutal case in which an Austrian pensioner was assaulted and raped in September 2015 by a 17-year-old Afghani migrant. Unser Tirol 24 has reported that more than one year on, the daughter of the 72-year-old, identified as Christina F., has said that her mother’s “body, mind, and especially her soul has given up”. Continue reading »
Investigators in the Austrian cities of Graz and Vienna have made a series of arrests of migrants who they have caught carrying and attempting to sell over €300,000 worth of street drugs.
Austrian police have arrested 30 migrant drug dealers, mostly from North Africa, in a successful drug bust under the came name “Operation Lara”. In addition to the €300,000 worth of street drugs, investigators also seized €92,000 euros in cash during the operation, reports Austrian paper Kurier. Continue reading »
A woman was left with damage to her cervical spine after she and her husband’s Halloween stroll with their children was interrupted by a savage attack by asylum seekers.
The couple, their five children, and three children who were family friends were horrified when two Afghans burst from a hedge to attack the family in a park in Kremsmuenster Monday night.
Austrian father Christian Sch., as he has been named in the country’s media, was attacked at around 8pm after he and his wife heard loud music emanating from a bush in Hofwiese Park. Continue reading »
- Vladimir Putin has spoken of disbelief in EU’s handling of migrant crisis
- He cited the case of a 10-year-old boy raped by an Iraqi migrant in Austria
- Leader claimed that a society that can’t defend its children has no future
- He also added that it highlighted a ‘dilution of national values in Europe’
Vladimir Putin has waded into the migrant crisis condemning Europe’s handling of asylum seekers and saying a case of child rape in Austria ‘dilutes national values’.
The Russian president has largely kept quiet over the refugee crisis in Europe but has now spoken out of his disbelief over its handling claiming that a continent that ‘can’t protect its children’ has no future.
His comments come off the back of a case in Austria last week, which saw an Iraqi migrant have his conviction of raping a 10-year-old boy at a swimming pool in Vienna overturned.
He was originally convicted of the crime but it was overturned because a court didn’t prove he realised the boy was saying no. Continue reading »
A TEENAGE Somali migrant has been arrested after breaking into a hospital and trying to sexually assault a female patient.
The attempted sex attack is alleged to have happened in the psychiatric department of the University Hospital of Innsbruck, Austria.
State police said the 18-year-old migrant targeted a 29-year-old female patient but she was able to press an emergency button next to her bed to alert nursing staff who pulled him off. Continue reading »
An editor of Austria’s largest paper, Kronen Zeitung, is to be tried for hate speech over a commentary he wrote about the migrant crisis last year.
On 25 October 2015, Christoph Biro wrote of the masses of migrants who were travelling through the Styrian countryside and remarked on the assaults and property damage committed by migrants, reports Kurier.
Calling the majority of the migrants “testosterone-driven Syrians”, Mr. Biro recounted the multiple reports of migrants carrying out, in his words, “extremely aggressive sexual assaults”.
He also detailed Afghan men had slashed the seats of the trains that were transporting them to Germany because they refused to sit where Christians had previously sat. Continue reading »