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Austria - International Political News

Spindelegger Criticizes Cameron

Austria´s Foreign Minister: "Not cherry picking but more Europe is the key".

January 23, 2013

“Costs of non-enlargement of the EU would be high”

Austrian Foreign Ministry wants discussion about more involvement of EU citizens in EU policy.

January 22, 2013

“Strict rules and monitoring mechanisms for a healthy Europe”

Austria´s State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka discusses EU financial matters with Czech State Secretary Vojtech Belling.

January 16, 2013

"We invite the African Union to open an office in Vienna"

"Austria invites the African Union to establish an office in Vienna in the year marking the 50th anniversary of the African Union.” Austrian State Secretary Lopatka says.

January 15, 2013

Slovakia Wants to Strengthen Co-Operation with Austria

After a meeting between Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico and President of Austria´s National Council Barbara Prammer, both emphasized their willingness to realize more common projects in future.

January 14, 2013

Serbia: Time Pressure Grows

In order to become an EU-member, Serbia must present some substantial progress to Brussels.

January 14, 2013

Klaus Meets Merkel

Czech President Vaclav Klaus wants to persuade Merkel to stop the integration process in the EU.

January 10, 2013

EU Accession: Turkey Shows Self-Confidence

Turkey puts further pressure on Brussels. Until 2023, Turkey wants to become a EU member country.

January 4, 2013

“Eurobonds Are Wrong Signal”

2013 - After crisis management it is now time to tackle issues of the future, Austria´s Ministry of Foreign Affairs says.

December 31, 2012

Switzerland Ratifies Tax Treaty with Austria

Switzerland has approved the tax deal with Austria and the UK. The treaty will come into force by January 2013.

December 20, 2012

Austrian Government Adopts new Development Programme

The Ministerial Council today adopted the three-year programme of Austrian development cooperation for the period 2013 - 2015. "

December 19, 2012

"Austria pushes international development agenda ahead"

Austrian State Secretary discusses continuation of the Rio process with UN Under-Secretary General.

December 18, 2012

Ponta to Remain as Prime Minister

Despite heavy dispute with Ponta, Romania´s President Traian Basescu announced to swear him as Prime Minister. Basescu has no other choice.

December 17, 2012

Austria in Favour of Initiating Accession Negotiations with Macedonia

Austria´s State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka speaks at General Affairs Council in Brussels.

December 12, 2012

Vienna Aims to Become UN's Energy Hub

New UN Office for Sustainable Energy will be opened in Vienna.

December 12, 2012

Gasparovic Meets Klaus

The Slovak President Ivan Gasparovic was officially received by his Czech counterpart Vaclav Klaus.

December 11, 2012

Turkey: „The EU Needs Us“

On the occasion of a visit in Hungary, Turkey´s Minister of European Affairs Egemen Bagis argued that the EU would benefit from Turkey´s accession.

December 11, 2012

Southeast Europe Agrees on Growth Strategy

In order to meet the 2020 growth strategy of the EU, the Balkan countries plan to co-operate more closely. Turkey and Bulgaria emphasize their good relations.

December 8, 2012

"Increasing polarisation in Egypt puts the country's development at stake"

Austria´s Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger is concerned about latest development in Egypt.

December 6, 2012

Fischer Meets Kirchner

The Austrian President Heinz Fischer has started his state visit in Argentina.

December 3, 2012

"Croatia on the final stretch towards EU membership"

Austrian State Secretary encourages Zagreb to take final steps of reform.

November 30, 2012

"Foreign policy means security policy"

Vice-Chancellor explains Austria's foreign policy commitment in his annual address at the UNA-Austria and demands global nuclear disarmament.

November 28, 2012

Austria and France Develop European Alpine Strategy

Austria´s State Secretary Lopatka discussed current issues of European policy with Minister of European Affairs Cazeneuve and Minister of Development Cooperation Canfin in Paris on 23 November

November 27, 2012

"There is no alternative to intercultural and interreligious dialogue"

UN Secretary General and high-ranking political representatives and religious leaders attend the opening of the new Dialogue Centre in Vienna.

November 27, 2012

"Austria remains a reliable partner for Albania on its way towards the EU"

Austria´s Vice-Chancellor Spindelegger at the opening of the Skanderbeg exhibition celebrating the 100th anniversary of Albania's independence and 20 years of Austrian development cooperation in Albania

November 26, 2012

“South Tyrolean autonomy must not be undermined”

State Secretary outlines Austria’s position to a delegation of the South Tyrolean Parliament

November 26, 2012

“We shall maintain tough position on EU budget until the very end”

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Spindelegger: “unambiguous about Austria’s position on EU financial framework“.

November 22, 2012

“Austria is a committed partner in the security field”

Austrian Foreign Ministry: New security threats and regional conflicts discussed with Russian National Security Advisor.

November 16, 2012

“Intensifying the dialogue between the EU and the Arab League"

Austria´s Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger at the meeting of foreign ministers of the Arab League and the EU in Cairo

November 14, 2012

"Important step towards opening the Nigerian export market"

Austria concludes investment protection agreement with Nigeria.

November 13, 2012

Spindelegger: “Mongolia is a country with huge potential“

The Austrian Minister Minister of Foreign Affairs receives his Mongolian counterpart in Vienna

October 23, 2012

Spindelegger in Romania: “Strategic interest in stable domestic conditions”

The Austrian Vice-Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs meets Traian Basescu, President of Romania

October 17, 2012

Spindelegger: Alpine Regions Should Co-Operate

Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs calls for closer cooperation between the Alpine states.

October 15, 2012

Austrian Foreign Ministry Wants “Better coordination for development cooperation”

"No single country can solve all the major problems of our time alone", Austrian State Secretary Reinhold Lopatka said at the "Development Dialogue" event in Parliament today.

October 12, 2012

"Serbia can count on Austria to be its partner"

The Austrian State Secretary encourages Serbia to embark on pro-European course.

October 5, 2012

Spindelegger: "Political progress more urgently needed than ever before"

Austria´s Minister of Foreign Affairs meets President of the Palestinian National Authority Abbas and the Foreign Ministers of Tunisia and the United Arab Emirates in New York.

September 27, 2012

“European Union Not Endangered”

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger defends the euro at the renowned US university Harvard and emphasises Austria’s performance on the international stage

September 26, 2012

Austrian State Secretary meets Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Titov in Moscow

Lopatka “Relations with Moscow are rooted in solid ground in all fields and are continuously expanded”

September 24, 2012

Serbia: „EU Cannot Force Us to Recognize Kosovo´s Independence“

The Serbian Prime Minister is ready to continue talks with Kosovo at a higher political level. For the EU, a recognition of Kosovo´s indepence is the precondition for Serbia´s EU accession.

September 22, 2012

Bulgarian President Wants to Attract Austrian Investors

On the occasion with a meeting between the Bulgarian President Rosen Plevneliev, the Austrian President Heinz Fischer and Lower Austria´s governor Erwin Pröll, Plevneliev underlined the importance of Austrian investors for Bulgaria.

September 17, 2012

Austria Second-Largest Investor in Slovakia

Foreign Minister Spindelegger opens new Austrian Embassy premises in Bratislava and underlines the close economic ties between Slovakia and Austria.

September 14, 2012

Spindelegger Welcomes ESM Decision

“Final start signal for euro rescue fund.” The Austrian Minister of Foreign Affairs is happy with the decision taken by the German Constitutional Court.

September 13, 2012

Orban to Visit Germany

In October, Hungary´s Prime Minister will be on an official state visit in Berlin in October.

September 12, 2012

Lopatka New State Secretary in Austrian Foreign Ministry

Reinhold Lopatka (Austrian People's Party - ÖVP) was sworn in as State Secretary in the Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs today by Austrian President Heinz Fischer.

September 12, 2012

“A new chapter begins for Kosovo”

Austrian Vice-Chancellor Michael Spindelegger underlined the success of the Ahtisaari UN Office in Pristina .

September 12, 2012

World Economic Forum: Slovakia´s Performance Worsens

According to the World Economic Forum Competitiveness Report, Slovakia´s competitiveness slipped again.

September 10, 2012

World Economic Forum: Austrian Competitiveness Moves Up

In the World Economic Forum Competitiveness Ranking, Austria ranks 16th and could move up three places. The public debt quota, the tax quota and the investor protection are the main weaknesses of Austria.

September 5, 2012

EU Budget Proposal “Excessive” for Austria

EU multiannual budget 2014 – 2020 negotiated in Cyprus: Austria underlines its position as net contributor.

August 31, 2012

Spindelegger Welcomes Russia’s WTO Accession

Austrian Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger underlines Russia´s importance for the domestic business location.

August 30, 2012

Exclusion from the Eurozone: Westerwelle Supports Spindelegger

The German Minister of Foreign Affairs Guido Westerwelle thinks that a breach of contract should lead to the exclusion from the Eurozone.

August 22, 2012