Austria’s new far-right interior minister was quoted as saying on Thursday that he has ordered the creation of a “border protection unit” in case of a major new influx of migrants, like the one in 2015.
“A repeat of 2015 cannot be allowed to happen. Therefore I have given instructions for the creation of a border protection unit,” said Herbert Kickl, of the anti-immigration Freedom Party (FPÖ).
“The aim is to ensure an orderly border management within a few hours,” the 49-year-old former speechwriter for late FPÖ chief Joerg Haider told the Tiroler Tageszeitung daily.
“It is a standby police troop that if need be can secure a border crossing point and carry out identity checks. Just waving people through won’t happen again,” he added.
The “far-right” is the government.
Austria’s new interior ministry on Wednesday refused to allow a suspected Islamic State group fighter to travel from Georgia to Vienna for emergency surgery, saying it would pose a “major” security risk.
Temirlan M, 19, is in a coma after being shot in the head during a special forces operation in northern Georgia on December 26th, the Kronen Zeitung newspaper reported.
He is believed to be linked to Chechen warlord Akhmed Chatayev, who is suspected of organising a 2016 attack at Istanbul’s airport.
Georgian authorities asked that the man receive emergency surgery in a Viennese hospital but a spokesman for Austria’s interior ministry said the government had vetoed his entrance to the country.
The arrival of Temirlan M would pose a “major risk to domestic security,” the spokesman said, adding that possible rescue or blackmail attempts could be made if the man entered the country.
An Austrian teenager has been charged on several terror-related counts, including inciting and instructing a 12-year-old German-Iraqi boy to carry out an attack on a Christmas market, Austrian press agency APA reported Sunday.
It has been a good year for Europe’s far-right, nationalist parties, who are especially strong in Central Europe.
Arguably the most successful this year was Austria’s Freedom Party (FPÖ).
Unlike many other nationalists ostracised by liberal, centrist parties, the FPÖ translated electoral gains into real power. It entered a coalition government with the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP).
In neighbouring Germany, the big shock of the September election was the success of nationalist Alternative for Germany (AfD), which entered parliament for the first time, winning 94 seats.
In the Netherlands, Geert Wilders’s Freedom Party (PVV) came second. In France, Marine Le Pen of the National Front (FN) reached the run-off for the presidency, and was defeated by the liberal Emmanuel Macron.
Asylum seekers in Austria will have to hand over their mobile phones and money as part of an asylum application, Austria’s new conservative and far-Right coalition announced.
Under the plan unveiled after the two parties were sworn in yesterday, Austria will seek to stop illegal immigration and ensure that people whose asylum claims are rejected are quickly deported. Asylum is “temporary protection” only, the policy states.
The money seized by authorities will apparently be used to cover basic care costs, while mobile phone data will be trawled through to clarify identities, the coalition said.
The country’s new government has pledged to stop illegal immigration, cut taxes and resist EU centralisation, and will be led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, at 31 the world’s youngest leader.
Austria’s far-Right Freedom Party has been sworn in to power amid a heavy police presence as protesters waved ‘No Nazi pigs’ signs in Vienna this morning.
The party’s coalition with the conservative People’s Party (OeVP) was agreed on Friday along with pledges to stop illegal immigration and resist EU centralisation.
It will be led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, who took over the OeVP in May and moved it to the right, securing his party first place in October elections. At 31, Kurz will be the world’s youngest leader.
More than 2,000 people took part in demonstrations this morning, brandishing placards such as ‘refugees welcome’ and ‘Nazis out’ and ‘No Nazi pigs’.
The anti-immigration Austrian People’s Party and the anti-establishment Austrian Freedom Party have reached a deal, creating a new coalition to govern Austria for the next five years. The ground-breaking political alliance, which will be sworn into office on December 18, is poised to catapult Austria to the vanguard of Western Europe’s resistance to mass migration from the Muslim world.
Austria’s incoming chancellor has said he will reject the European Union’s compulsory migrant quota when he takes charge of the country next week.
Sebastian Kurz, 31, has joined leaders from Eastern and Central Europe in pushing back against the scheme, which was designed to help Italy and Greece deal with hundreds of thousands of new arrivals.
EU president Donald Tusk has also spoken out against the quotas, but Germany – the bloc’s most influential country – has backed it.
Austria’s new ban on facial coverings in public has prompted veil-wearing Muslims and their families to leave the country, reports a new documentary.
Nora Illi spoke out against the rule of law in a Viennese mosque
The radical Swiss muslim and burqa activist Nora Illi is said to have spoken in a Viennese mosque against the rule of law. The local laws are only for unbelievers. Muslims would not have to stick to it. This has reported “Servus TV” in reference to video recordings.
Nora Illi is said to have spoken in a Viennese mosque at the invitation of the Viennese ex-SPÖ municipal politician Amir El-Shamy, from whom the Social Democrats had split up because of extremist tendencies.
“One tries to craft an Islam that fits in with their understanding, with liberal mosques, gay marriage, mixed prayer, etc. This is an attempt to weaken Islam, which is Fitna (Civil War, Note),” Illi is quoted as saying.
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.
Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) leader Heinz-Christian Strache has officially agreed to begin coalition talks with Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) leader Sebastian Kurz to form the first populist-conservative government since 2005.
“…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.“