VIENNA (Reuters) – A neophyte politician who summons up energy by fasting alone for days in the Vienna Woods hopes to help crack the stodgy crust of postwar Austrian politics after leading his new centrist Neos party into parliament.
Matthias Strolz said his liberal, pro-EU party’s task now was to draw on a groundswell of support for the day – not far off, he believes – when Austria’s two big parties finally lose the duopoly of power they have enjoyed since World War Two.
ZURICH (Reuters) – Seeing one of their select number hauled in handcuffs before a foreign court may prompt Swiss bankers to call their lawyers before they ring travel agents to book a winter break.
Arrested on a weekend trip to Bologna, former UBS man Raoul Weil now sits in an Italian jail fighting extradition to the United States – one of hundreds of Swiss bank executives caught up in accusations of helping Americans dodge their taxes.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s weakened political heavyweights began talks on Tuesday towards forming an effective new government to build a united front against the revitalized far right.
Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats (SPO) and the conservative People’s Party (OVP), the centrist pro-Europe blocs that have dominated postwar politics and governed together since 2006, only just managed a joint majority in voting on September 29.
A new international network of reformist Roman Catholic priests is pushing to give lay people a bigger role in a Church that Pope Francis wants to bring closer to grassroots members.
VIENNA (Reuters) – A new international network of reformist Roman Catholic priests is pushing to give lay people a bigger role in a Church that Pope Francis wants to bring closer to grassroots members.
Speaking as dissidents from six countries met in Austria on Friday for the first time, clergyman Helmut Schueller said the Church should draw on people in local parishes that are under threat of vanishing as the ranks of the priesthood dwindle.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats (SPO) got the tough task of forming a new government on Wednesday and hoped to rebuild their alliance with the conservatives to stave off the eurosceptic far right.
President Heinz Fischer asked Faymann as head of the SPO – weakened after September 29 elections but still the biggest party in parliament – to forge a new coalition, opening the door for formal talks with the People’s Party (OVP), its ally since 2006.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s government formally resigned on Tuesday but will stay on in a caretaker role as wary conservatives consider whether to renew a coalition with the center-left after they suffered big losses to the far right at weekend elections.
Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats (SPO) are putting all their efforts into forming another coalition with their People’s Party (OVP) junior partners to keep power with the mainstream parties that have dominated post-war politics.
VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s pro-Europe political establishment may struggle to form a new coalition after slumping to a wafer-thin majority in elections, leaving the far right breathing down its neck over unaddressed threats to the nation’s prosperity.
With the anti-immigrant, anti-EU Freedom Party waiting in the wings, Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats want another coalition with the conservative People’s Party. The two have dominated Austrian politics since World War Two.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The partners in Austria’s pro-Europe, centrist coalition scraped a combined majority on Sunday despite recording their worst election results since World War Two and losing support to the far-right Freedom Party and a new liberal party.
Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats (SPO) – who had campaigned on a platform of defending jobs and pensions and redistributing wealth – got 27.1 percent of the vote, down more than two points from 2008, preliminary results showed.
VIENNA (Reuters) – The partners in Austria’s pro-Europe, centrist coalition appear to have won enough votes to form a new government, staving off a strong challenge from the Euroskeptic right wing, initial projections indicated on Sunday.
Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats (SPO) – who had campaigned on a platform of defending jobs and pensions and redistributing wealth – were poised to get 26.7 percent of the parliamentary vote, according to ARGE Wahlen projections reported by the Austria Press Agency.