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    • EU's highest court rules against German road toll

      EU's highest court rules against German road toll

      The European Court of Justice (ECJ) last Tuesday ruled against the implementation of tolls by non- residents on German motorways as it discriminates foreign drivers and breaches EU law, new wires reported. The case was brought to the court by Austria with support from the Netherlands, which claimed that the economic burden of the toll would fell solely on drivers from EU countries other than Germany.

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    • Austria names its first female chancellor

      Austria names its first female chancellor

      Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen appointed the head of the country’s consitutional court as Austria’s first female chancellor Thursday to lead an caretaker government until elections can be held in September. Brigitte Bierlein will now be tasked with forming a cabinet after the previous government's right-wing coalition collapsed spectacularly over the so-called “Ibiza-gate” corruption scandal.

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    • Austria's Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote

      Austria's Kurz ousted in no-confidence vote

      The term of Sebastian Kurz as Austria’s Chancellor has come to an end after on Monday, the Austrian Parliament vote in favour of the motion of no confidence against the 32-year-old and his entire government - the first successful motion of its kind in the country.

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    • Muslim headscarf banned in Austrian primary schools

      Muslim headscarf banned in Austrian primary schools

      Austria's parliament passed last week a law intended to ban Muslim girls from wearing the headscarf in primary schools, news wires reported. The bill was support by the governing centre-right People's Party (OeVP) and the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) MPs, while almost all of the opposition voted against it. The measure is likely to be challenged as discriminatory in the constitutional court.

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    • Austria's Chancellor Kurz pleads for a renegotiation of EU treaty

      Austria's Chancellor Kurz pleads for a renegotiation of EU treaty

      Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz calls for the renegotiation of the European Union's Lisbon Treaty and for tough action on countries letting migrants transit, news wires reported. Kurz gave a pool interview to several Austrian newspapers on Friday, when his centre-right People's Party (OeVP) started its campaign for the European Parliament elections.

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    • Austria to reduce anonymity online

      Austria to reduce anonymity online

      Austria's government has introduced a draft law that would require internet users to provide their real name and address to larger sites before commenting, in a move that is part of global efforts to reduce anonymity online and curb hate speech. As Engadget states, the users would still be able to use a nickname in public, but authorities would now have an easy way to find internet trolls that they believe are harassing users or otherwise violating the law.

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    • Austria proposes UN-style tribunals for European IS fighters

      Austria proposes UN-style tribunals for European IS fighters

      Austria's interior minister Herbert Kickl on Wednesday proposed the creation of UN-style tribunals in the Middle East to deal with people who had left Austria and other EU countries to join IS, rather than bringing them back home for prosecution. “I have turned to the three EU commissioners responsible with the request that this be made into a pan-European project,” Kickl said, adding that Germany, Sweden and Finland support the idea.

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    • Austria tables plan to detain dangerous asylum-seekers

      Austria tables plan to detain dangerous asylum-seekers

      Austria on Monday disclosed plans to preventively detain asylum-seekers if they are considered to pose a potential threat to the public, news wires reported citing Sueddeutsche Zeitung newspaper. The change will be tabled as a constitutional amendment and would enable authorities to detain asylum-seekers without first securing a court order.

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    • Merkel, Kurz back Juncker on stronger EU borders

      Merkel, Kurz back Juncker on stronger EU borders

      German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her Austrian counterpart Sebastian Kurz appeared to put aside their differences on Sunday in Berlin, as the two leaders announced a series of efforts aimed at combating irregular migration to Europe. Although Merkel and Kurz have previously clashed on migration, this time they both welcomed plans by European Commission President Jean-Clause Juncker to bolster Frontex staff to 10,000 by 2020 and agreed to cooperate with African states to stem migration flows.

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