Austria - International Political News

Read the latest headlines about developments in Austrian foreign politics with reference to the international interest

UNOOSA Calls for Increased Efforts to Combat Space Debris

Aarti Holla-Maini, the Director of the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs, is calling on governments and industry to accelerate voluntary guidelines for the sustainable use of outer space. With the increase in rocket launches and satellites, there is growing concern about the risk of dangerous collisions and the creation of space debris.

January 8, 2024

Alarming Number of Abducted Children in the Ukraine War

The Ukrainian government has made alarming statements about the abduction of children in the war against Russia.

January 8, 2024

Malta Assumes OSCE Chairmanship Under Challenging Circumstances

At a time of global tension and uncertainty, Malta will assume the Chairmanship of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) on 1 January 2024. Malta's Foreign Minister Ian Borg expressed a deep sense of responsibility for this new role, especially in light of the ongoing complex and critical security challenges.

January 4, 2024

UNOOSA Launches "Space Bridge" to Promote Global Space Dialogues

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) has launched the "UNOOSA Space Bridge" under the leadership of Aarti Holla-Maini. This project was presented at the World Space Forum in Vienna and aims to strengthen global dialog to promote local action. The initiative aims to promote international expertise through targeted exchange programs and connect isolated areas of work.

January 2, 2024

Austria Considers Entry Ban for Violent Israeli Settlers

In a noteworthy development, Austria is considering a travel ban on violent Israeli settlers, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg has announced. This follows moves by the US as well as Germany and France, which are discussing similar measures.

December 27, 2023

Austrian Foreign Minister Schallenberg's Pioneering Visits to Senegal and South Africa

In an unprecedented diplomatic mission, Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg was the first Austrian official to visit Senegal and South Africa, setting new impulses in Austrian-African relations and opening the 31st Austrian Cultural Forum in Pretoria.

December 20, 2023

Evolution of Serbian Elections: From Socialist Yugoslavia to Democratic Transition

The history of elections in Serbia, particularly during and after World War II, is a compelling illustration of the nation's political evolution. Read more about the history and the recent election in Serbia!

December 19, 2023

International Observers Highlight Concerns in Serbia's Early Parliamentary Elections

In Serbia's early parliamentary elections, held amidst a politically and socially divided landscape, international observers have raised significant concerns about the fairness and integrity of the electoral process. The OSCE and the European Parliament expressed their criticism. The elections were marked by overwhelming advantages for the ruling party and the dominant involvement of the President, overshadowing the technical efficiency of the voting process.

December 19, 2023

Russian Oligarch Oleg Deripaska Sells STRABAG Shares to Russian Corporation

The Russian oligarch and major shareholder of STRABAG, Oleg Deripaska, has initiated a sale of his considerable stake in the Austrian construction group to a Russian joint stock company.

December 19, 2023

Ukraine Removes Raiffeisen Bank International from the List of "War Sponsors"

The Ukrainian government has temporarily removed Raiffeisen Bank International (RBI) from the controversial list of "war sponsors". This step follows intensive bilateral talks and consultations with representatives of the European Commission. RBI, which was previously criticized for its business activities in Russia and the recognition of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republics by its Russian subsidiary, is now no longer suspected of supporting the Russian war of aggression.

December 17, 2023

Jan Marsalek's Deep Connections with Russian Intelligence Revealed

Jan Marsalek, once a high-ranking figure at Wirecard and now one of Europe's most wanted criminals, has been exposed as a long-time spy for Russia. Marsalek is reportedly currently in Dubai and is reorganizing Russian operations in Africa.

December 15, 2023

Austria's Engagement in Palestine: New Security Measures and Humanitarian Support

Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg set an example for humanitarianism by meeting a group of Austrian-Palestinian dual nationals who were recently evacuated from the Gaza Strip. This meeting, which took place at the Foreign Ministry, allowed the Minister to learn first-hand about the difficult conditions in the Gaza Strip and the challenges of the evacuation operation.

December 14, 2023

Discussion in Austria's Parliament on Security Policy Concerning Ukraine and Israel

In the run-up to the European Council, Federal Chancellor Karl Nehammer and Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg met in Parliament to discuss current security policy challenges.

December 13, 2023

Increased Military Cooperation Between Austria and Bosnia-Herzegovina

Austrian Defense Minister Klaudia Tanner met her Bosnian counterpart Zukan Helez in Bosnia and Herzegovina for bilateral talks. This meeting, which was part of Tanner's troop visits to the Western Balkans, was aimed at deepening relations between the two countries and further developing existing cooperation.

December 12, 2023

Vienna Forum Discusses New Standards for Afghanistan's Future: Focus on Inclusive Peace and Women

At the recent civil society forum held in Vienna ahead of the "3rd Vienna Conference for a Democratic Afghanistan", representatives of the Afghan diaspora from nine European countries met to discuss perspectives for the future of Afghanistan. The Vienna Institute for International Dialogue and Cooperation (VIDC) hosted this important conference.

December 7, 2023

Strengthening Transatlantic Relations: USA and Austria Engage in Strategic Dialogue

The United States and the Republic of Austria held their annual strategic dialogue in Vienna to deepen bilateral cooperation and emphasize shared values.

December 6, 2023

Austria-Arab Business Dialogue: Increased Cooperation and Innovation

The 13th edition of the Arab-Austrian Business Forum, which took place in Vienna, impressively demonstrated the growing importance of cooperation between Austria and the Arab countries. The forum, organized by the Austro-Arab Chamber of Commerce (AACC) and the Vienna Economic Chamber (WKW), brought together over 200 participants from various countries, including high-ranking ministers and business people.

December 4, 2023

Israel Raises Travel Warnings: Tightened Security Situation in Austria and Europe

In a significant security measure, Israel's National Security Staff has increased travel warnings for its citizens in several countries, including Austria, Germany, France and the UK. The decision follows growing threats from Iran and its allies, as well as an increase in anti-Semitism worldwide.

December 4, 2023

Historic INTERPOL Meeting in Vienna Ends with Call to Fight Organized Crime

INTERPOL's 91st General Assembly in Vienna, held to mark the organization's 100th anniversary, ended with an urgent call to tackle the growing threat of transnational organized crime. The so-called "Vienna Declaration" outlines five priority measures to better support law enforcement agencies worldwide in the fight against this challenge.

December 3, 2023

Focus on Strengthening External Border Protection: Meeting of Interior Ministers in Szeged

At a meeting in Szeged, Hungary, interior ministers from the Visegrád 4 states (Poland, Hungary, Slovakia, Czech Republic), Austria and Germany emphasized the need for robust protection of the EU's external borders and a reform of EU migration policy. The Austrian police are heavily involved in the Balkans to control migration and combat organized smuggling.

December 3, 2023

European Dissonance at OSCE Meeting in Skopje: Meeting between Schallenberg and Lavrov

At the annual meeting of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in Skopje, a growing dissent among European states regarding the Ukraine crisis was revealed. While several EU states, including Ukraine, Poland, and the Baltic states, boycotted the meeting in protest against the participation of Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, bilateral talks were held between him and several EU foreign ministers, including Austria's Alexander Schallenberg.

November 30, 2023

Torture Criticism Against Interpol President in Vienna

Amid preparations for the four-day Interpol General Assembly in Vienna, which also celebrates the 100th anniversary of the founding of the International Police Organization, a serious charge has been brought against Interpol President Major General Ahmed Naser Al-Raisi. Two Britons, Matthew Hedges and Ali Issa Ahmad, have filed a criminal complaint in Vienna against Al-Raisi, who is accused of being responsible for the torture of numerous people during his time as head of the security forces in the United Arab Emirates.

November 30, 2023

91st General Assembly of INTERPOL in Vienna: A Century in the Fight Against Crime

The 91st General Assembly of INTERPOL marks a historic event - it is the 100th anniversary of the organization. Over 1,000 police and law enforcement leaders from more than 160 countries gather in Vienna, the place where INTERPOL was founded in 1923, to discuss the challenges and innovations in the global fight against crime.

November 29, 2023

Feminist Foreign Policy in Focus: Experts Discuss New Perspectives in Austria's Parliament

The Austrian Parliament hosted an important panel discussion on "Feminist Foreign Policy", where experts emphasized the need for a change of perspective in international politics.

November 29, 2023

Austria and Slovakia Emphasize the Importance of Cooperation and Regional Stability

At a time of global uncertainties and regional conflicts, Austria and Slovakia have reaffirmed their common vision for a more stable European Union and enhanced regional cooperation. This was clearly expressed during the inaugural visit of Slovakian Foreign Minister Juraj Blanár to Vienna, where he met with his Austrian counterpart Alexander Schallenberg. However, the recent parliamentary elections in Slovakia marked a significant turning point in European politics with the election victory of left-wing populist Robert Fico and his Smer-SSD party.

November 28, 2023

UNOOSA and Japan Foster Space Education with PNST Fellowship for Developing Countries

The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), in partnership with the Government of Japan and the Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), is offering a remarkable educational opportunity in the field of nano-satellite technologies.

November 28, 2023

75 Years of Human Rights: Vienna's Public Transportation as a Stage for the United Nations

In 2023, a special event will mark the awareness of human rights in Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary. To mark the 75th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the principles of "human dignity, freedom, and justice for all" will be highlighted in a campaign that will take place on public transport in these countries.

November 28, 2023

Austria in the Fight Against Violence Against Women

In Austria and around the world, the fight against violence against women and girls is being pursued with vigor. This is reflected in various initiatives and events that raise awareness of this important issue and promote concrete measures to combat such violence.

November 28, 2023

Solidarity with Israel in the Austrian National Council

In a remarkable session of the Austrian National Council, strong solidarity with Israel and a clear condemnation of Hamas and its terrorist attacks were demonstrated. The unanimous decision of the MPs reflects Austria's stance on the Middle East conflict and the violence in the region.

November 26, 2023

U.S. Embassy and Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation Explore the Future of Transatlantic Relations

The Amerika Haus in Vienna was the venue for a major panel discussion on "An Uncertain Future: The State of Transatlantic Relations in a World on Fire", organized by the Austrian Marshall Plan Foundation in cooperation with the U.S. Embassy in Austria.

November 23, 2023

IAEA Chief Grossi Criticizes Iran: Restriction of Nuclear Inspections and Global Nuclear Security

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and its director Rafael Grossi are in a growing conflict with Iran over the monitoring of Iran's nuclear program. Tehran's recent decision to withdraw the accreditation of several IAEA inspectors has caused considerable concern.

November 22, 2023

Bulgaria's Foreign Minister in Vienna: Focus on Austria's Schengen Veto against Bulgaria and Romania

At a meeting in Vienna, the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria, Mariya Gabriel, and her Austrian counterpart, Alexander Schallenberg, emphasized the importance of close cooperation between their countries for security and stability in Europe. Both countries will soon be celebrating 145 years of diplomatic relations and underlined their role as key players in European politics. However, the meeting was overshadowed by Austria's Schengen veto against Bulgaria and Romania.

November 22, 2023

Austria and the United Kingdom Sign Strategic Partnership

Austria's Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg was the first EU Foreign Minister to meet his new British counterpart David Cameron in London. The meeting focused on the situation in the Middle East and Russia's war of aggression against Ukraine.

November 21, 2023

Austria-Albania: Focus on Strengthening Relations and EU Integration

Recent meetings between Austrian and Albanian foreign ministers have emphasized the deepened cooperation between the two countries, especially in the context of EU enlargement and regional stability.

November 20, 2023

Kosovo's Challenges and Progress under Prime Minister Albin Kurti

The head of government of Kosovo, Albin Kurti, was a guest at the Renner Institute in Vienna to talk about the challenges facing his country. Under the title "Kosovo: The young democratic state as a pawn of geopolitical interests", he not only took stock of his time in government so far in conversation with Director Maria Maltschnig but also explored the question of how his country can survive amidst the conflicting interests of geopolitical players.

November 16, 2023

Uncovering of Money Laundering and Real Estate Fraud in Austria and Cyprus

New leaks have uncovered a complex network of opaque asset transfers centered around Russian oligarchs and Austrian real estate. According to the investigative project "Cyprus Confidential", Austrian real estate is particularly popular with wealthy Russians. Around 40 Cypriot companies own real estate in Vienna, often penthouses in expensive locations.

November 16, 2023

Skopje Hosts OSCE Youth Forum: A Convergence of Young Innovators and Parliamentarians

The OSCE 2023 Chairpersonship, led by North Macedonia, hosted a pivotal Youth Forum in Skopje, focusing on integrating youth perspectives into security, with an emphasis on entrepreneurial and innovative solutions for fostering peace, dialogue, justice, trust, and reconciliation.

November 15, 2023

ODIHR and OSCE Combat Hate Crime and Promote Tolerance

In light of a worrying rise in hate crimes, particularly against Jewish and Muslim communities, the Office for Democratic Institutions and Human Rights (ODIHR) of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) is intensifying its efforts to counter this trend.

November 13, 2023

OPEC Secretary General Al Ghais Advocates for Increased Oil Production Amidst Global Energy Transition

In a recent op-ed and public statement, OPEC Secretary General, His Excellency Haitham Al Ghais, presented a compelling argument for the necessity of oil in today's world, even as global energy transitions are underway.

November 13, 2023

Austria's Engagement in the Middle East: Solidarity with Israel and Support for Palestine

Amid the tense situation in the Middle East, Austria has reaffirmed its solidarity with Israel and at the same time pledged humanitarian aid for the Palestinian civilian population.

November 12, 2023

China and OPEC Cement Economic Ties for a Sustainable Energy Future

In a landmark progression for global energy relations, China and the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) have significantly deepened their partnership, moving from a historical ideological alliance to a robust economic collaboration. This shift is set to have far-reaching implications for market stability and the sustainable development of the global energy sector.

November 9, 2023

Austria Under Observation: New Online Tool Uncovers Deficits in Human Rights Policy

A new online monitoring tool, developed by the Austrian League for Human Rights in cooperation with the Austrian Ombudsman Board, marks a turning point in the monitoring of the human rights situation in Austria. It reveals the areas in which the country has some catching up to do in terms of human rights, including in the international arena, such as Austrian development aid.

November 8, 2023

Austria Chancellor Nehammer on the Phone with Palestinian President Abbas

In a telephone conversation with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer expressed his concern about the current tensions in the Middle East. The conversation was made particularly urgent by the current hostage-taking of innocent civilians by Hamas, an organization classified as a terrorist group by the EU, including an Austrian citizen.

November 6, 2023

Austria and the UK Join Forces Against Illegal Migration

A new era of cooperation in the areas of security and migration policy between Austria and the UK was heralded when the Home Secretaries of both countries, Gerhard Karner and Suella Braverman, signed an agreement to combat cross-border crime. This took place during the British Home Secretary's working visit to Vienna, where in-depth discussions were held on the bilateral relationship and the strengthening of internal security.

November 5, 2023

Austria's Rejection of UN Resolution Raises Questions Within the Government

Austria voted against a resolution in the UN General Assembly calling for an immediate ceasefire and improvement in the humanitarian situation in the Middle East. The decision, made by the ÖVP-led government, has caused tensions within the coalition, especially with the Green coalition partner, which has distanced itself from the decision.

November 1, 2023

Austrian Politics Between Neutrality and Security Policy

A heated political climate is currently shaping the political debate in Austria, where the FPÖ and other political groups in parliament are debating the issues of neutrality, security policy, and the right approach to current crises.

October 31, 2023

Ukraine Will Block Gas Transit: Challenges and Opportunities for OMV and Europe

Ukraine's decision to stop transiting Russian natural gas to the West from 2025 poses a significant challenge for OMV and for several European countries. The announcement, made by the head of Ukrainian energy company Naftogaz, Olexiy Chernyshov, raises several questions about energy security and dependence on Russian gas.

October 29, 2023

Austria's Commitment to International Peace Missions Remains Upright

On National Day, the Council of Ministers announced an important decision: The foreign deployments of the Austrian Armed Forces will be further extended. With this decision, Austria underscores its commitment to stability, security, and peace in various crisis regions around the globe.

October 29, 2023

Austria Takes Over Chairmanship of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region

November 1, 2023, marks the beginning of an important phase for Austria as it takes over the presidency of the EU Strategy for the Danube Region (EUSDR). This key region, which stretches from the Black Forest to the Black Sea and encompasses around 115 million people, faces a multitude of challenges. The country is taking over this task from Slovenia and will be in charge until December 31, 2024.

October 24, 2023

Berlin Process Summit in Tirana: Western Balkans on the Way to the EU

Austria's Foreign Minister Alexander Schallenberg attended the Berlin Process Summit in Tirana on behalf of Chancellor Karl Nehammer. The necessary reforms and progress in the EU enlargement of the six Western Balkan states were discussed. Foreign Minister Schallenberg again advocated his model of gradual integration.

October 18, 2023