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Austrian cardinal warns of ‘Islamic conquest’ of Europe

Austria cardinal

Austrian Cardinal Christoph Schönborn made the warning on Sunday during the church festival “Holy Name of Mary”, which was first introduced 333 years ago in gratitude for the victory over the Ottomans in the Battle of Vienna.

According to the Archdiocese of Vienna, the cardinal said: “Will there be an Islamic conquest of Europe? Many Muslims want that and say: Europe is at the end.”

He asked God to have mercy on Europe and to show mercy to its people, which he said “are in danger of forfeiting our Christian heritage”.

Schönborn explained that people could already feel this loss, “not only economically, but above all, in human and religious matters”.

The cardinal’s statement came as many places across Austria commemorated the 333rd anniversary of the Battle of Vienna. During the battle on 11-12th September 1683, combined Christian forces defeated over 100,000 soldiers from the Ottoman Empire.

The battle was fought by the Habsburg Monarchy, the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and the Holy Roman Empire against the invading Muslim Ottoman Empire. Polish King John III Sobieski famously commanded the Christian army toward its victory.

The Ottoman soldiers had already started to take the Austrian capital Vienna which was defended by only 10,000 Habsburg soldiers when Polish horsemen attacked them from the rear and devastated the Turkish army – which was forced to retreat.

The battle is often seen as a turning point in history, which slowly led to the decline of the Ottoman Empire.

The Catholic Church in Austria was not the only one to commemorate the event. The far-right Austrian Freedom Party held a controversial event, stressing the need to defend the “Western World” from invaders.

The event was held at Vienna’s Palais Ferstl, and included an opening speech by Vienna’s Vice-Mayor Johann Gudenus and speeches by Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache, as well as historian and university professor Dr Lothar Hobelt.

The commemorations come at a time of heightened tensions between Austria and Turkey, the modern Republic which succeeded the Ottoman Empire after its final collapse.

After the recent failed coup attempt in Turkey, Austrian Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz warned he will stop any move that brings Turkey closer to joining the European Union.

Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern even went so far as to say: “The membership negotiations are currently no more than fiction.”

As a result Turkey recalled its ambassador to Austria and accused the country of being supportive of terrorism and a centre of Islamophobia. The two countries’ relations have sharply deteriorated since those events.

The cardinal has often been listed as one of the most likely candidates to take over the position of Pope, although in previous elections he was deemed too young.

Source: The local
Photo: OneArmedMan/Wikimedia


 

Austrian woman survives 105 metre fall uninjured!

Bridge fall

How lucky can one be?  A 19-year-old woman has survived a 105-metre fall from the second highest bridge in Austria with only light injuries

Local media described the woman as having “a whole army of guardian angels” after she survived the fall from the motorway bridge in Twimberg, Carinthia.

The 19-year-old’s fall was broken by several trees, which meant she did not hit the ground at full speed and only suffered some abrasions.

According to local newspaper, after she landed the Austrian woman reportedly ‘simply picked herself up and ran to a nearby group of houses asking for her parents’.

A resident who worked out what had happened then drove the shaken but otherwise uninjured woman back to her home in Carinthia.

Source: The local. Photo: Lowntal.at


 Austria plans to eject criminal asylum seekers

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Asylum seekers who break the law will be booted out under tough new plans being considered by Austrian Interior Minister Wolfgang Sobotka.

Confirming the plans an Interior Ministry spokesman said that they want to speed up the process by which an asylum application is terminated in the event of a criminal conviction by the applicant.

It would mean the courts where the asylum seeker was given a conviction were also empowered to decide whether the migrant should lose his right to asylum – instead of passing the case on to the Federal Office for Asylum, a process which is currently causing long delays with the expulsion of criminal immigrants.

It is not yet known which criminal offenses could lead to the termination of the asylum process. This will be jointly developed by the Interior Ministry and the Ministry of Justice. The seriousness of the offense or the frequency was said to be crucial for what will be included on the future list.

The Association of Judges was open to the new proposal by the Austrian Interior Minister.

President Werner Zinkl said that the proposal was “worth considering” but stressed that it was important to wait for the legal recognition of the judgments.

He said it would obviously be more work for the courts.

Norbert Hofer, presidential candidate of the far-right Austrian Freedom Party, welcomed Sobotka’s new proposal.

He said: “Whoever comes to Austria seeking real protection and ‘thanks’ our country with criminal acts should lose their asylum status.”

Source: The Local.

Photo: Caritas. Asylum seeker hostel.


 Vienna church furious over ‘devil’ pokemon

Vienna church inside

A russian-orthodox church in Vienna has filed an official complaint with the makers of Pokemon Go after discovering players of the game could hunt a devil pokemon on their grounds.

The St Nicholas Cathedral in Vienna’s Landstraße district said on Thursday that a pokemon monster called Raa666 appeared the middle of the orthodox sanctuary in the game.

In their complaint to the company operating the game Niantic Labs Inc, the church requested that the pokemon be immediately and permanently removed.

In the letter, they said the church is “a sacred building and as such should exclusively be used for worshipping purposes”.

It is not the first time the augmented reality app has come under fire in Austria for its choice of locations for pokemon hunting or battles.

The head priest of Stephansdom in Vienna’s city centre, Toni Faber, said that Pokemon Go are not welcome in the church. “It is not suitable to place Pokemon in the church,” he told Österreich newspaper.

The response of church officials in Austria differs from that of many churches in other countries, which have welcomed Pokemon Go players, seeing the game as an opportunity to boost numbers.

It is thought churches have become key stops in the game due to their size.

One church in the UK encouraged players to come back for Sunday mass and put up a sign that read: “Join us for a cup of tea after the service at 12.14. Jesus cares about Pokemon gamers.”

Pokemon battles on Nazi memorial

There was also anger in Graz, after it was revealed a memorial to victims of Nazism in the city’s central cemetery was used as a location for Pokemon battles.

The fact that players can play in Pokemon battles right next to the memorial dedicated to the many thousands of people who died as a result of Nazi persecution was described as ‘intolerable’ by a spokesperson for local mayor Siegfried Nagl (ÖVP).

Source: the Local.

 


 

Amazing Adriatic arrives!

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Over the years we have had many requests from our clients about property on the Adriatic coast. Being only 2.5 hours drive from Austria to Croatia, many Austrians use this area for main holidays and weekend breaks…perhaps a little similar to Londoners visiting Devon!

Well, we have listened and working together with our Adriatic colleagues, we are pleased to announce the launch of our new property investment pages for the Adriatic coast.

Is it safe to invest there?  Yes.. the legal system is similar to Austria, where all properties are registered……there are of course older properties with ownership problems..mainly because families never registered a property correctly, but this is why you pay a lawyer!

Over the coming weeks we  will be adding many property choices ranging from small farmhouse to luxury villas driectly on the coast.  So, please make it a habit to visit us regularly.   Adriatic pages.


 

 


 

Austrian driving laws are getting stricter!

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Austria is introducing tighter restrictions for drivers, including a ban on mobile phone use and alcohol locks for people who have been previously caught drink driving.

The measures are the latest attempts to combat mobile phone use and repeated drink driving, which authorities in Austria have struggled to tackle in recent years.

A ban on mobile phones

Everyday drivers send 200,000 texts and make 900,000 phone calls in Austria while they are driving.

Distracted driving caused 38 percent of car accidents in 2014, leading to 111 deaths, according to derStandard.

Stricter laws for mobile phone use while driving are coming into effect starting immediately. The new amendment to the Motor Vehicles Act makes using your phone to surf the web and writing and reading text messages while driving illegal and punishable with a fine of €50.

“Distraction is one of the main cases of car accidents on our roads. We want to counteract this trend with the stricter mobile phone ban,” Transport Minister Jörg Leichtfried told der Standard newspaper.

The Ministry have said, however, that drivers are still allowed to make phone calls on speakerphone and use their phone as a navigation system, as long as the phone is safely attached to the inside of their vehicle.

Alcohol locks planned for 2017

Along with this amendment to the driving laws, the government also hopes to soon introduce alcohol locks to prevent drink drivers from repeatedly offending.

Approximately 26,000 motorists lose their licence every year in Austria due to drinking driving, 7,000 continue to drive without a licence and 4,000 continue to drive while over the limit, according to a 2015 report from the Austrian Road Safety Board (KFV).

This led to calls for alcohol breathalyser immobilisers for drivers who are caught drink driving. This is going to become a reality for Austrian drivers in 2017.

The law amendment necessary to introduce these ‘Alco-locks’ will be evaluated before the summer and the plan is to have the first locks in use by 2017, according to the APA.

Most drink driving offenses take place during the month of August!

Instead of piloting Alco-locks on a test group first, drivers who are caught drink driving will be given the choice between the locks and getting their licence revoked.  However if they choose the Alco-locks, their probation period will be twice the length.

Whether many people will choose to have Alco-locks remains to be seen, especially as the drivers will be expected to pay for the equipment. This could cost up to €3,000 euros for one year of driving with the Alco-lock.

Although Transport Minister Leichtfried added: “The appeal of being able to continue driving is relatively strong.”

Source the Local: Written by: Helena Uhl


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