Austria's Supreme Court has questioned the legal basis on which Facebook collects user data and referred key issues for a ruling by Europe's top court, after awarding symbolic damages to activist Max Schrems in his privacy case against the company, news wires reported.
On the last day of school before the holidays, a train with dozens of children and teenagers on board derailed and plunged into a river in Austria. According to the rescue commander Anton Schilcher, 17 people were slightly injured in the accident in the province of Salzburg on Friday.
Former Austrian vice chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache was accused of corruption at the start of his trial in Vienna on Tuesday, after he allegedly accepted money for supporting a change in legislation.
The Austrian judiciary is investigating Chancellor Sebastian Kurz for possible false testimony before a parliamentary committee into a sting operation that toppled a previous government, he himself announced on Wednesday cited by the dpa. The news was confirmed by the Public Prosecutor's Office for Economic Affairs and Corruption spokesperson.
Austria is in talks with Russia to buy a million doses of its Sputnik V coronavirus vaccine, which has yet to be approved by the European Medicines Agency, Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s office said on Tuesday.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Tuesday that he and other allies from eastern Europe were seeking a “correction mechanism” on the distribution of Covid-19 vaccines within the EU, Reuters reported.
COVID-19 vaccine doses are not being distributed evenly within the European Union according to member states’ populations, as was agreed by the bloc, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said on Friday, calling for transparency and a solution.
Austrian authorities have suspended inoculations with a batch of AstraZeneca's COVID-19 vaccine as a precaution while investigating the death of one person and the illness of another after the shots, a health agency said on Sunday, Reuters reported.
Swedish police on Saturday dispersed hundreds of opponents of coronavirus restrictions who staged a protest in the capital Stockholm in defiance of a ban on large gatherings, news wires reported. According to Swedish daily Dagens Nyheter, demonstrators had travelled from several parts of Sweden. The protest was disbanded by police due to lack of permit for the public gathering.
Austria's Chancellor Sebastian Kurz plans to visit Israel with Danish PM Mette Frederiksen on Thursday and confer with PM Benjamin Netanyahu on vaccine research and production cooperation, AP reported. Kurz told the Austria Press Agency (APA) that Austria and Denmark “will no longer rely on the EU in the future and will in the coming years produce doses of second-generation vaccine for further mutations of the coronavirus together with Israel as well as researching jointly treatment possibilities.”