The ban was not advertised or announced and has been in place for some time until parents of children attending kindergartens in the city noticed that pork was never present on school menus. An official from the Salzburg mayor’s office said the ban on pork was both for health reasons and “among other things, the needs of Muslim children”, Kronen Zeitung reports.
If confirmed, Friday’s killings in the northern city of Linz — in which an 85-year-old woman’s throat was slit and her 87-year-old husband was stabbed and beaten to death — would be the first Islamist attack in Austria, which had so far avoided the jihadist assaults seen elsewhere in Europe.
Austria has deployed armoured vehicles close to its border with Italy and will send up to 750 soldiers to guard the frontier against migrants, the government said on Tuesday.
The move reflects deep concern in Vienna and elsewhere in Europe over the huge number of asylum seekers who continue to cross the Mediterranean from the coast of Libya – so far this year more than 85,000 have been rescued and brought to Italy.
Austria plans to increase border controls at the Brenner Pass, a key trade and transport route through the Alps that connects the two countries.
Yesterday a culture-enricher brutally murdered an elderly couple in the Austrian city of Linz because the FPÖ, an immigration-critical political party, had hurt his feelings.
I don’t know how it is in Austria, but in much of the rest of the West the Gutmenschen would blame the FPÖ for this incident. The party’s “extremism” and “xenophobia” would be seen as the decisive factor in the perpetrator’s decision to stab, club, and burn his victims. The general rule is that right-wing politicians are always responsible for any bad thing that happens, and immigrants are never to blame for their violent deeds.
The Austrian newspaper ‘Krone’ yesterday published an interview with the 15-year-old victim of the Tulln gang rape, which took place at the end of April 2017. An Afghan and a Somali asylum seeker have been arrested in the case, while a third suspect is still at large.
Last year’s Austrian presidential election looked like a turning point for the European Union. Alexander Van der Bellen, a soft left Eurofederalist (narrowly) defeated Eurosceptic Norbert Hofer, of the hard right Austrian Freedom Party, and Continental Europhiles went into 2017 with fresh hope that they might halt the tidal wave of Brexit, before it engulfed the EU.
Sure enough, this year France and Holland have both returned Europhile candidates, and Germany looks set to follow suit. The tide had turned, the pundits said. 2016 had been the high water mark of Populism. 2017 would be the year the EU fought back.
However, the tide in Europe may now be about to turn again, and once again the latest sea change is in Austria
The mayor of Tulln in Lower Austria has announced the town will stop accepting refugees and asylum seekers. The ban comes after a sexual assault on a teenage girl, allegedly carried out by refugees.
The ban was announced in Tulln earlier this week, with the mayor having informed senior authorities in the region that his town refuses to accept any refugees or asylum seekers “until further notice,” local media reported.
For weeks the rumour did the rounds that something awful had happened to a girl in the Austrian town of Tulln. No information was forthcoming, but the rumour was real enough for the Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) to announce it was preparing to ask questions in parliament. Since yesterday, however, the police have started giving out more information on the case – it claims this is because the police investigation now allows it.