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Austrian government moves to ban full-face veil

The Austrian government has announced plans to ban the full-face Islamic veil in public, part of a raft of measures to contain the rise of the far-right Freedom Party. Via: cnn.com The plan — which would ban the burqa, niqab and other face-covering veils — echoes calls that German Chancellor Angela Merkel made last month for a similar ban in Germany. ...

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EU criticises Turkey but not ready to halt membership talks

European Union foreign ministers on Monday criticised Turkey’s crackdown on alleged supporters of a failed military coup in July but Austria’s call to suspend Ankara’s EU membership bid failed to garner enough backing. As the 28 EU foreign ministers met in Brussels, President Tayyip Erdogan said he was ready to hold a referendum on whether to continue the membership talks ...

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Austrian cardinal claims many Muslims want an ‘Islamic invasion of Europe’

An Austrian cardinal, thought by many to be a front runner for the next papacy, has claimed “many Muslims” are trying to conquer Christian Europe. Speaking at the festival of the ‘Holy Name of Mary’,  Archbishop of Vienna Cardinal Christoph Schönborn called for God to show mercy on Europe and its people who “are in danger of forfeiting our Christian ...

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Austrian anti-migrant group LEAD first election poll as anger at open borders increases

Eurosceptic Norbert Hofer has been given another chance to become the first far-right head of state in the EU after losing out in May by just 31,000 votes. According to early opinion polls Mr Hofer has a four per cent lead over main rival Alexander Van der Bellen. Mr Hofer received the support of 52 per cent of respondents to ...

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Muslim face veil ban for workers is not discriminatory, Austrian court rules

Preventing an employee from wearing a veil is not discriminating against them, one of Austria’s highest courts has ruled. In the landmark decision, Austria’s Supreme Court (OGH) said that if clothing prevents communication, an employer may legally dismiss them. The decision was made in the case of a woman who already wore an Abaya, which is an Islamic overgarment, and headscarf, ...

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Austrian foreign minister suggests ‘refugees should be held offshore’

Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz (photo) of the rightist Austrian People’s Party told a newspaper that Australia’s immigration policy should be replicated by the EU in order to deal with the current influx of refugees. Migrants who try to reach Australia by boat are turned back or sent to internment camps in the Pacific Ocean countries of Nauru and Papua ...

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Muslim repeatedly forced 13yo Austrian girl into having sex’

Police in the Austrian town of Korneuburg have detained an Afghan man in his 20s for allegedly intimidating a 13-year-old girl to engage in sexual relations – an ordeal that lasted three months for the teenager. “The accused did not use any violence, but he did threaten her and scared her into doing what he wanted,” said a police spokesman, ...

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