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Germany, Austria: Imams Warn Muslims Not to Integrate

In the debate on migrants in Germany and Austria, no other term is used more often than “integration.” But the institution that is most important for many Muslim migrants does not generally contribute much to this effort — and often actively fights it: the mosque. That is the finding of an official Austrian study as well as private research conducted by a German journalist.

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Austrian election: European Jewish Congress warns against far-Right coalition

“…Meanwhile Titanic, an Austrian satirical magazine is facing possible prosecution over a picture comparing Mr Kurz to Hitler appeared on its Twitter account.

The tweet showed the 31-year-old with crosshairs over his heart and the caption: “Finally it’s possible to kill baby Hitler”.

Austrian police said they had passed the Tweet to prosecutors for investigation.

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Austrian election: Sebastien Kurz who wants to cut all benefits for foreigners and halt EU meddling declares victory

The leader of Austria’s right-leaning People’s Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become the world’s youngest leader.

Austrian foreign minister Sebastian Kurz, 31, claimed the win on Sunday night after projections gave his party a comfortable lead with more than 90 percent of the ballots counted.

He fell well short of a majority, but has not ruled out the possibility of forming a minority government once the final result comes in.

Kurz, dubbed the Conservative Macron due to his age and his party reform, said: ‘I would of course like to form a stable government. If that cannot be done then there are other options,’ adding that he planned to talk to all parties in parliament but would first wait for a count of postal ballots that begins on Monday.

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Austria Poised to Shift Sharply Right in Election

VIENNA — Austrians rejected a right-wing populist to represent them as head of state by a wafer-thin margin last year. But after a general campaign focused on immigration and rocked by scandal, voters appear poised in elections this Sunday to give populism a new push by granting a far-right party at least a share of power in the next government.

The recent Austrian presidential election, followed by the defeat of far-right candidates in the Netherlands and in France this year, appeared to blunt the surge of populism in Europe. But last month, the far-right Alternative for Germany party won more than 90 seats in the German Parliament, making it the third-largest bloc in the legislature. A strong performance in Austria by the far-right Freedom Party could give populists additional momentum.

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Populists poised to shift Austria toward right in upcoming election

Austria looks likely to move to the right in Sunday’s elections. Conservative Sebastian Kurz is predicted to become prime minister, while the nationalist Freedom Party is expected to come second and could become part of the next coalition government.

“All polls show that Kurz will be the winner,” Reinhold Gärtner, professor of political science at Austria’s Innsbruck University, told FRANCE 24. Polls have consistently put Kurz’s conservative People’s Party (OVP) at first place with over 30 percent of the vote.

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Niqab Wearer Attacks Woman After Being Reminded About Burqa Ban

Police prosecutor Daniel Fürst told the newspaper on Friday that the Muslim had been a 17-year-old girl. He said that as the situation escalated around 20 more individuals became involved in the dispute, including another woman who was assaulted by the Muslim, but was quickly calmed down when police arrived.

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Austria: Integration Law Goes into Effect

A groundbreaking new law regulating the integration of immigrants has gone into effect in Austria. The so-called Integration Law — which bans full-face Muslim veils in public spaces and prohibits Islamic radicals from distributing the Koran — establishes clear rules and responsibilities for recognized asylum seekers and refugees who are granted legal residence in the country.

Austrian officials say the main goal of the law is to promote respect for Austrian values, customs and culture; Muslims claim that the measure unfairly targets them and will promote “Islamophobia.”

As of October 1, anyone covering his or her face in public with a burka, niqab or mask is subject to a fine of €150 ($175). The law, which follows similar bans in Belgium, France and the Netherlands, requires the face to be completely visible in all public spaces, including bus, rail, air and sea transport. Those who refuse to comply are subject to arrest.

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Austrian police order Muslim lawbreakers to uncover their faces as country’s ‘burka ban’ comes into force

A Muslim woman was forced to remove her veil today as the ban on full-face veils came into force in Austria.

Items concealing the face in public places, such as the full Islamic veil, medical masks and scarves to cover faces have been outlawed.

Only under certain conditions, such as ‘at cultural events’, will people be able to wear them in public.

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Austria burqa ban: Government warns Muslim women to show faces in public or be fined

The Austrian government has issued posters and leaflets threatening Muslim women with fines for wearing face veils ahead of the introduction of a controversial ban.

The authorities launched the publicity drive to raise awareness of the legislation outlawing niqabs and burqas, which will come into force on 1 October.

Under the new “integration” policy, anyone wearing clothes that obscure their face in public can be fined €150 (£132) and must remove the offending garment “on the spot” if ordered by police. Those who refuse can be taken to a police station.

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Austria halts a̶n̶t̶i̶-̶t̶e̶r̶r̶o̶r̶ ̶w̶a̶l̶l̶ Islam inspired street furniture plans after public demands they be protected first over government offices

Austria’s chancellery on Thursday halted the construction of anti-terror walls outside its office in Vienna after critics slammed the government for failing to provide similar protective measures in main tourist areas.

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Austrian soldiers start carrying out checks for refugees and migrants at border with Italy

Austrian soldiers have been deployed to the border with Italy for the first time to block illegal migrants.

The measure, which was announced by Vienna last month, is a significant escalation of border security and comes ahead of elections in October in which the government will try to head off a challenge from Right-wing, anti-immigration parties.

Soldiers, acting in conjunction with police, started carrying out checks on vehicles and trains north of the Brenner Pass, the main crossing point between the two countries.

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Austria Jails Hamas Suspect for Life over Terror Plot

A Palestinian man suspected of belonging to the Islamist group Hamas has been given a life sentence in Austria for plotting a terror attack against Jews in Israel.

The 27-year-old, who was arrested at an asylum-seeker center in Lower Austria last July, was found guilty late Monday of belonging to a terror organisation and attempting to incite murder.

Prosecutors accused him of contacting two men in the Palestinian territories via social media apps and ordering them to carry out killings of Jews in Jerusalem.

Both accomplices were detained by Israeli authorities in June 2016, leading to the arrest of the alleged mastermind the following month in the Austrian town of Gmuend.

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Swimming pool bosses put up signs banning migrants from female changing rooms and telling them not to grope women in Austrian market town

One sign shows a man entering the women’s dressing room with the word “STOP!” and “entry is forbidden in non-designated areas” written next to it.

Another sign show a picture of a young teen in a bikini with three hands seemingly wanting to grope her.

“If you touch my daughter I will feed you to the pigs” might be more effective.

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