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5 European Christmas Traditions To Discover in Vienna

From sharing a royal cake to speaking with animals: Here are five European Christmas traditions to get you in the mood for holiday season!

Karl Nehammer Presents Himself as Reliable Chancellor

The new chancellor Karl Nehammer also has confirmed that the coronavirus lockdown will end on the coming weekend. "The opening will take place". It was only a question of how.

Corruption Allegations Against EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn

The French newspaper "Liberation" raises serious allegations against Austria's EU Commissioner Johannes Hahn of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP).

Sebastian Kurz Announces His Retreat From Political Life

Embattled former chancellor says he is stepping back from politics to spend time with his newborn; remains confident the ÖVP will continue to succeed.

Mirabell Mozartkugel Manufacturer Begins Insolvency Proceedings

The manufacturers of Mozartkugeln have applied for insolvency and hope to keep operating; meanwhile, the Chamber of Labor has stepped in to support unpaid employees.

Energy Prices Shoot Up in Austria

As the economy recovers, demand is driving energy prices up – increasing heating bills as well as the cost of other goods and services. Austria is encouraging people to heat homes with renewables.

How Did Nikolo and Krampus End Up Together?

Every year on December 6, St. Nicholas surprises Austrian children with presents - while Krampus threatens with whips. How did this unlikely pair end up working together?

Foreign Ministry Trying to Get Austrians Back From Africa

In view of the new coronavirus mutation Omikron, Austria is trying to get them around 200 registered Austrians who are currently on vacation in southern Africa back home.

Moscow Announced the First Meeting of Sergei Lavrov and Linhart

In an interview with the Russian state news agency RIA Novosti, Linhart said that he was looking forward to getting to know his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov personally.

Talks About Nuclear Inspections in Iran “Without Result”

Despite all efforts, the negotiations and talks about nuclear inspections were without result. Inspectors have not been given access to IAEA surveillance cameras and to a workshop for uranium centrifuges for months.

319 Femicides in Austria Within One Decade

New research says most victims know the perpetrators - and usually have family ties. Perpetrators need to be punished "with the full force of the law", stated Minister for Women's Affairs Susanne Raab.

Vienna’s Business Immigration Office Helps Foreign Workers Get Residency and Work Permits

The City of Vienna has brought MA 35, AMS and the Vienna Business Agency’s Expat Center under one roof in what consultant Friedrich Bruckner calls a major “cultural shift”.

COP26 Roundup: Austria’s Climate Commitments at the UN Summit

Austria's climate commitments, while significant, do not include a phasing out of fossil fuels. Activists say much more is needed to keep global heating in check.

Minister Elisabeth Köstinger Invites Neighbouring Countries to Tourism Talks

"We all want a safe winter season for our guests, so joint regulations between the involved countries are necessary and sensible", said Minister for Tourism Elisabeth Koestinger.

Get Your Booster Shot Now!

On Sunday, Metropole brings you a COVID-19 update from Prof. Dr. Florian Krammer, an Austrian virologist who works and teaches at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City.

EU Economic Forecast Sees Upturn in Austria

The European Commission sees higher-than-expected GDP growth in Austria in 2021, but the impact of coming corona measures remains unclear.

Environmental Corruption in Styria: State Prosecutors to Investigate

Styrian authorities face allegations of environmental corruption: The businesses behind large-scale construction projects may have been allowed to write their own environmental impact reports.

Interior Minister Nehammer to Visit Israel

Austrian Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) is due to meet with Foreign Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem, with whom he will visit the Knesset.

Low Public Trust in Media After Advert Affair, Says Survey

A survey conducted by the Gallup institute and the Medienhaus Vienna found that public trust in media has plummeted following recent political scandals.

Forest Fires in Lower Austria May Take Until Next Week to Put Out

Forest fires on a mountainside in Lower Austria started last week and may not be extinguished until the weekend, despite continuous firefighting efforts and international support.

Climate Crisis Needs Global Solutions, Says Schallenberg

When speaking about the climate crisis at the UN Climate Conference in Glasgow, Alexander Schallenberg reminded everyone that we all need to act together.

Should Bosnians Be Recognized as a Minority in Austria?

With 150,000 people of Bosnian descent in Austria, the community is one of the biggest of the country. Efforts are now underway to get Bosnian Austrians officially recognized by the law as an ethnic group.

The Heuriger Tradition: Four of the Best

Unique to Austria, traditional wine taverns serve each year’s new vintage with a simple buffet, amid the timeless pleasures of convivial conversation among friends. Many are excellent. Here are four of the best Heuriger in and around Vienna to try.

NEOS Accuse The ÖVP of “Systemic Corruption”

The opposition NEOS party has accused the center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) of "systemic corruption" following multiple scandals and the resignation of Sebastian Kurz as chancellor.

Van Der Bellen on Climate Change: “I Will Not Be Quiet”

President Van der Bellen spoke on the importance of fighting climate change in his traditional televised speech on Austrian National Day, October 26.

Austria To Launch Plastic Bottle Deposit System in 2025

The new "Einwegpfand" deposit system aims to encourage consumers to keep their disposable plastic bottles and cans out of the trash - but it won't begin until 2025.

Austrian Foreign Minister Plans to Stay the Course

According to interviews with several daily newspapers Austria's new Foreign Minister Michael Linhart of center-right Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) plans continuity in Austrian foreign policy.

Schallenberg and Merkel: Close Cooperation Planned with Berlin

Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had exchanged "in a friendly atmosphere" on topical issues with regard to the European Council this week.

Why Were Austrian Kindergarten Employees On Strike?

Thousands of kindergarten teachers on strike this week said staff and children deserve better conditions - because early childhood education is education.

Foreign Minister Linhart Underlined Importance of EUFOR Mission in Sarajevo

Foreign Minister Linhart spoke out in favor of the EUFOR peacekeeping force remaining in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He also emphasized the "extremely important task" of the Austrian contingent.

Practical Guide to Men’s Mental Health in Vienna

Each of us thrives on our social relationships, knowing our family is safe and healthy and having a routine and productive life. COVID-19 upended eac...

Austrian Economy: Budget Plans Show Decreasing Debt and Deficit

Finance minister Gernot Bluemel announced momentum in the Austrian economy, and announced a return to "sustainable budget policy" after overcoming the corona crisis.

Ludovic Ferrière, Vienna’s Interplanetary Explorer

International scientist and curator of the acclaimed meteorite collection at Vienna's Natural History Museum, Ludovic Ferrière is bringing the wonder of shooting stars to the public.

The Chats That Launched a Thousand Questions

In 2019, it was a secretly filmed video that broke the coalition between ÖVP and FPÖ. For the ÖVP-Green government, chats may spell the end of the coalition.

What’s Next in Austria’s Government Crisis

The Austrian government is on the brink of collapse following allegations of corruption against chancellor Sebastian Kurz and the ÖVP. Here’s what could come next.

Kurz Wants to Continue Coalition, Greens Skeptical

After the raids Wednesday, October 6, on ÖVP offices and allegations that favorable newspaper coverage was paid for with taxpayer money, the chancellor is under intense political pressure.
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