Sunday, 20. April 2014
20. 02. 14. - 14:00
Austrian bank accounts owned by Ukrainian oligarchs who support those authorising the violence in Kiev could be frozen, Austria's secretary state for finance has proposed.
"That would be a political signal to support Ukraine's democratic movement," said Sonja Stessl (SPOe).
Austria has also stressed its support for sanctions against the Ukraine, where at least 25 people have now died in violence between pro-Europe protesters and the police.
Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz has emphasised that violence must not go unpunished. "Europe must not look away when people are being shot in its own backyard," he said yesterday.
The statements follow those made earlier in February by German MEP Rebecca Harms (Green) who said that journalists investigating the issue of Austrian passports presume that some Ukrainian politicians, or members of their families, could have Austrian passports or longer term residence permits.
The Ukrainian leaders named by Rebecca Harms included Ukraine's interim Prime Minister Serhiv Arbuzov, former Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and the man expected to be named as the next Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev.
An official request has been placed with the Austrian government to investigate if some of the Ukrainian leaders do have Austrian passports.
Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer
The Viennese art world has created its own version of the Easter Bunny – by making a giant sized sculpture of the famous Albrecht Dürer painting currently on display until 29 June as part of the exhibition "Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens"
Pressure Group To Tackle Victims Of Austrian Officialdom
A group of businessmen fed up at the way companies are being squeezed not only by red tape but also by ever newer taxes have taken to the Internet to try and build up pressure for change.
First Hotel in Millstatt Celebrates 130th Anniversary on Summer 2014
Luxury hotel See-Villa in Millstatt, Carinthia opens its doors anew to welcome the 2014 summer season and celebrates its 130th founding anniversary in Austria's summer capital.
Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad
Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe have been tricked into going to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels.
As seen at Haydn Kino: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Film review by Kostyantyn Steblovskyy
Schools Ordered To Save, But Also To Buy Expensive Scales
Austria's embattled finance ministry has been dragged into a new scandal after it emerged that at the same time as demanding schools save 57 Millionen Euros, they were also expected to find an additional 3 million to buy an approved set of weighing scales.
OAP Hunts Down THIS Hit And Run Cyclist
Does anyone recognise this cyclist? If so you can get yourself 200 euros, and do a good deed in the process.
Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.
Free Staff For One Person Companies - But Only In NÖ
Since the beginning of the year one-man-companies, the so called "Ein-Personen-Unternehmen" in Lower Austria have been entitled to help in the form of a free assistant.
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (18 April - 24 April)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
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