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Austria: Federal republic in Central Europe
Austria, formal name: the Republic of Austria, is a country in Central Europe comprising 9 federated states. Its capital, largest city and one of nine states is Vienna. Austria has an area of 83,879 km2 (32,386 sq mi), a population of nearly 9 million people and a nominal GDP of $477 billion. It is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west. The terrain is landlocked and highly mountainous, lying within the Alps; only 32% of the country is below 500 m (1,640 ft), and its highest point is 3,798 m (12,461 ft). The majority of the population speaks local Bavarian dialects as their native language, and German in its standard form is the country's official language. Other regional languages are Hungarian, Burgenland Croatian, and Slovene.

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Austria's Kurz seeks to contain scandal damage as fate hangs in balance

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz sought on Wednesday to contain the fallout from the collapse of his coalition government but did little to quell the anger of opposition parties that could depose him..
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Austrian far right crashes out of government as president backs Kurz

The far-right Freedom Party (FPO) quit Austria's coalition government on Tuesday after the president sided with conservative chancellor Sebastian Kurz and sacked the hardline FPO interior minister.
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Videos for Austria

Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says [Video]Risk of nuclear war now highest since WW2, U.N. arms research chief says

Senior U.N. security expert Renata Dwan says the risk of nuclear weapons being used is at its highest since World War Two. Rough cut (no reporter narration).

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Formula One Champ Niki Lauda Has Died [Video]Formula One Champ Niki Lauda Has Died

According to CNN, Niki Lauda has died at the age of 70. The Austrian race car driver was a three-time world champion in Formula One. Lauda made his Formula One debut at the 1971 Austrian Grand Prix. He..

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Austria to hold no confidence vote in Chancellor Kurz [Video]Austria to hold no confidence vote in Chancellor Kurz

The national assembly will hold a no-confidence vote in Chancellor Kurz

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Vienna zoo presents giant panda Yuan Yuan to public [Video]Vienna zoo presents giant panda Yuan Yuan to public

Giant panda Yuan Yuan was officially handed over from China to Vienna's Schoenbrunn zoo on Monday (May 20) in a ceremony attended by top Austrian and Chinese officials.

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Corruption probe a blow for far-right parties ahead of EU elections [Video]Corruption probe a blow for far-right parties ahead of EU elections

Austria is bracing itself for fresh elections after a corruption scandal embroiling the far right brought down the coalition government. Secretly-filmed footage emerged over the weekend appearing to..

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Mainstream Politicians In Europe See Hope In Downfall Of Austria's Far Right [Video]Mainstream Politicians In Europe See Hope In Downfall Of Austria's Far Right

Austrian Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache has resigned after video emerged showing him discussing fixing state contracts in return for financial and political favors. Strache is a member of..

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Austrian Chancellor Says Snap Election Necessary After Video Scandal [Video]Austrian Chancellor Says Snap Election Necessary After Video Scandal

According to a report by CNN, on Sunday, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said that a snap election is a 'necessity,' following an announcement by President Alexander Van der Bellen that early..

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Austria Considering Snap Election After Far-Right Video Scandal [Video]Austria Considering Snap Election After Far-Right Video Scandal

According to a report by Reuters, on Sunday, Austria's chancellor and president will discuss a date for an early parliamentary election and the makeup of a caretaker government, after a video sting..

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Austria Headed For Snap Election After Far-Right Video Scandal [Video]Austria Headed For Snap Election After Far-Right Video Scandal

According to a report by Reuters, on Sunday, Austria's president recommended a new election be held in early September, claiming that he wanted to restore trust in the government after a video scandal..

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Austrian far-right leader quits over sting, coalition teeters [Video]Austrian far-right leader quits over sting, coalition teeters

Heinz-Christian Strache quits after sting video shows he offered government contracts to a potential Russian benefactor.

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Austrian Government: Far Right Leader Caught In Video Sting [Video]Austrian Government: Far Right Leader Caught In Video Sting

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria raced on Saturday toward a snap election as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz pulled the plug on his coalition with the far right after its leader was caught on video offering to fix..

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Austrian President Plans To Call For Snap Election [Video]Austrian President Plans To Call For Snap Election

Reuters reports Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen said on Saturday that a snap election was necessary. The statement followed the resignation of Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache, the..

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Merkel Call On Europe To Stand Up Against Far-Right Parties [Video]Merkel Call On Europe To Stand Up Against Far-Right Parties

Reuters reports German Chancellor Angela Merkel called for Europe to push back against far-right parties. She said populist movements intend to destroy core European values such as fighting corruption..

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Austrian Leader Steps Down After Video Leak [Video]Austrian Leader Steps Down After Video Leak

Reuters reports Austria’s vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache said on Saturday he plans to step down, following the release of scandalous video footage of him. Strache, the longtime far-right..

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Austrian President Due To Speak After Vice Chancellor Resigns [Video]Austrian President Due To Speak After Vice Chancellor Resigns

According to a report by Reuters, on Saturday, Austria's vice chancellor and longtime far-right leader, Heinz Christian Strache said that he was stepping down over 'catastrophic' video footage of him..

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Austrian Chancellor Kurz To Issue Chancellor On Strache Scandal [Video]Austrian Chancellor Kurz To Issue Chancellor On Strache Scandal

According to a report by Reuters, on Saturday, Austria's conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is due to issue a statement after far-right Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache stepped down. Kurz..

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Austrian vice chancellor quits over video as coalition teeters [Video]Austrian vice chancellor quits over video as coalition teeters

Austria's vice chancellor and longtime far-right leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said on Saturday he was stepping down over video footage that threatened to bring down the right-wing coalition..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:29Published

Madonna Defends Appearance At Eurovision Event In Tel Aviv After Pro-Palestinian Boycotts [Video]Madonna Defends Appearance At Eurovision Event In Tel Aviv After Pro-Palestinian Boycotts

Madonna Defends Appearance At Eurovision Event In Tel Aviv After Pro-Palestinian Boycotts

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US Citizens Abroad Can Now Get Help At McDonald's?! [Video]US Citizens Abroad Can Now Get Help At McDonald's?!

According to CNN, US citizens in Austria can now get help at... McDonald's Under the terms of a new partnership between McDonald's Austria and the US Embassy in Vienna, staff at the fast food..

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Road Trip Day 42: Austrian farmers on EU regulations and the future of agriculture [Video]Road Trip Day 42: Austrian farmers on EU regulations and the future of agriculture

One of the biggest issues for rural voters in the European Union elections is the future of the Common Agriculture Policy. The Commission has proposed a significant cut in farm spending to use scarce..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 03:25Published

Road Trip Europe Day 41: Picking up the baton in Austria ahead of visits to Czech Republic & Poland [Video]Road Trip Europe Day 41: Picking up the baton in Austria ahead of visits to Czech Republic & Poland

Road Trip Europe Day 41: Our reporters reach Vienna as Vincent McAviney and Leszek Kablak take over the road trip car to visit Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland and finally Germany in the next few..

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New version of Anne Frank's diary could be original [Video]New version of Anne Frank's diary could be original

A new translation and "stand-alone edition" of the diaries of Jewish teenager Anne Frank will be published in Germany, Austria and Switzerland on May 11, 75 years after the Holocaust diarist wrote her..

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Hungarian PM withdraws support from Weber for EU's top job [Video]Hungarian PM withdraws support from Weber for EU's top job

Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orbán withdrew his support from Manfred Weber Monday at a press conference with Austrian far-right politician Heinz-Christian Strache.

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 04:37Published

Wise move as skier sets spectacular quarterpipe height world record [Video]Wise move as skier sets spectacular quarterpipe height world record

Double Olympic freestyle ski champion David Wise sets a new quarterpipe height world record of 11.70 metres at the Audi Nines in Austria

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Austria's Kurz wrangles with far right and risk of parliamentary axe

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz sought on Tuesday to oust the far-right interior minister who he says is compromised by the scandal that wrecked their coalition, while trying to avoid a chain..
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Austria's FPO would back no confidence vote in chancellor: media

Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) would support a vote of no confidence in conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, online news outlet Oe24 reported on Tuesday, as opposition parties prepare such..
Reuters - Published

Austria's Kurz hopes to sidestep scandal to stay in power

Even though he brought the far right into power, Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz hopes voters will see him as having put his country first by sticking by his coalition partners despite their..
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Austrian cabinet fractures as Kurz ousts far-right minister

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz proposed on Monday sacking his interior minister, escalating a battle triggered when a video sting took down the longtime leader of his far-right coalition partners.
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Austria's far-right ministers quit in unison: APA

All the ministers from the far-right Freedom Party, the junior member of Austria's coalition government, have stepped down, news agency APA reported on Monday.
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Austrian chancellor proposes far-right interior minister be sacked

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz proposed on Monday that far-right Interior Minister Herbert Kickl be sacked in the wake of a scandal that forced the leader of Kickl's Freedom Party to step down.
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Austrian coalition crisis turns to fate of far-right interior minister

Austria's two ruling parties descended into squabbling on Monday over how to muddle through until an early election after a video sting felled the leader of the far right and raised questions about..
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Austria's far-right FPO lose 5 points in poll after video scandal

Support for Austria's far-right Freedom Party (FPO) fell by 5 percentage points to 18 percent after longtime FPO leader Heinz-Christian Strache was caught in an apparent sting operation offering to fix..
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Austria's Kurz seeks to oust far-right interior minister before early election

Austria's two ruling parties agitated to end their coalition on Monday, with the chancellor seeking to oust the interior minister and his far-right coalition partner threatening to quit the teetering..
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Kremlin denies Russian involvement in Austria's Freedom Party scandal

The Kremlin said on Monday that Russia was in no way involved in a political scandal in Austria after the country's vice-chancellor was shown on video offering to fix state contracts with a woman..
Reuters - Published

Austrian Social Democratic provincial governor ends cooperation with Freedom Party

The Social Democratic governor of Austria's Burgenland province ended cooperation with the Freedom Party on Sunday and called early elections, in the latest political turmoil unleashed by a scandal at..
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European mainstream politicians see hope in downfall of Austrian far right leader

Politicians from Europe's mainstream parties called on voters to stand against the far right, after a video sting brought down the leader of Austria's Freedom Party, hurting the momentum of..
Reuters - Published

Austria heading for September election after far-right video scandal

Austria's president on Sunday recommended a new election be held in early September, saying he wanted to restore trust in the government after a video scandal led to the resignation of the vice..
Reuters - Published

Austrian government collapses as far right leader caught in video sting

Austria raced on Saturday toward a snap election as Chancellor Sebastian Kurz pulled the plug on his coalition with the far right after its leader was caught on video offering to fix state contracts..
Reuters - Published

Austrian Social Democrats' leader says won't oppose snap election

The leader of Austria's opposition Social Democrats, Pamela Rendi-Wagner, will not oppose a snap election if a bill proposing one is put to parliament, she told national broadcaster ORF on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Austrian president says snap election needed, details open

Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen on Saturday said a snap election was necessary after the leader of the far-right Freedom Party stepped down as vice chancellor.
Reuters - Published

Austria's Kurz pulls plug on coalition, calls for snap election

Conservative Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz pulled the plug on Saturday on his coalition with the far-right Freedom Party after a damaging video prompted its leader to step down as vice chancellor.
Reuters - Published

Austria far right leader quits after video corruption sting; snap election possible

Austria appeared headed for a snap election on Saturday after its far right party leader quit as the government's number two, over video showing him discussing state contracts in return for favors from..
Reuters - Published

Austrian president, Kurz due to speak after far-right leader quits

Austria's vice chancellor and longtime far-right leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said on Saturday he was stepping down over "catastrophic" video footage of him that threatens to bring down the..
Reuters - Published

Austrian Chancellor Kurz to issue statement at 1745 GMT

Austria's conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is due to issue a statement at 7:45 p.m. (1745 GMT) after far-right Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache stepped down on Saturday, Kurz's office..
Reuters - Published

Austrian far-right leader quits over video sting that threatens coalition

Austria's vice chancellor and longtime far-right leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said on Saturday he was stepping down over "catastrophic" video footage of him that threatened to bring down the..
Reuters - Published

Factbox: Five facts about designated Austrian FPO leader Hofer

Norbert Hofer, proposed to replace scandal-tainted Heinz-Christian Strache as leader of Austria's Freedom Party, is the country's transport minister who nearly became western Europe's first far-right..
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Austrian vice chancellor quits over video as coalition teeters

Austria's vice chancellor and longtime far-right leader, Heinz-Christian Strache, said on Saturday he was stepping down over video footage that threatened to bring down the right-wing coalition..
Reuters - Published

Austrian government revamp looms over video of far-right leader

Austria's chancellor is ruling out working with his deputy Heinz-Christian Strache, a coalition source said on Saturday, after footage apparently showed the Freedom Party leader discussing state..
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Austrian chancellor rules out keeping far-right leader in government: source

Austria's conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is now ruling out continuing to work with Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache of the far-right Freedom Party, a coalition source said on Saturday.
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Austrian chancellor to meet with Freedom Party chief

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz will meet with Vice-Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache at 1100 local time to discuss his future, news agency APA said citing sources.
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Austrian leader calls crisis meeting after deputy filmed discussing deals

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz called a crisis meeting late on Friday after two German newspapers published footage purportedly showing his deputy discussing state contracts with a potential..
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Austrian Muslims to challenge school headscarf ban in court

The organization representing Austria's Muslims said on Thursday it would ask the Constitutional Court to reverse a ban on headscarves in primary schools a day after it was passed in parliament.
Reuters - Published

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