German-speaking European country of roughly 8.5 million people; NATO, EU and eurozone member. Landlocked, bordered by Germany, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Slovakia, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The capital Vienna is also the federal republic's most populous city, with more than 1.8 million residents excluding the suburbs. The mountainous country in the Alps is divided into nine states (Bundesländer). This page collates DW's latest content related to Austria.
A trial has begun in Hungary in which four men are charged with murdering seventy one refugees found dead in a truck in Austria nearly two years ago. The victims were men, women and children from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, being smuggled into Europe by people they had paid. As Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna neither the tragedy nor the trial has stopped the trafficking of migrants into Europe.
Germany and Austria have criticized a US Senate Russia sanctions bill that could open EU firms up to fines for participation in a new gas pipeline. While the bill has a flaw, it isn't protectionist, says one US expert.
An Australian Indigenous Children’s Choir has just wrapped up a European tour with performances in Germany, Slovenia and Austria. For many of the young singers from Australia’s tropical north, it was their first trip away from home- And as Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna, a chance to put cultural exchange on the stage.
After being written off politically, Merkel wins a crucial state election, boosting her chances of being reelected in September +++We will also be in Austria where it's headed for a snap election that could see the far right political party enter the government+++ And, in Turkey, two teachers have decided to go on hunger strike protesting their dismissal by the government, but how effective is it?
Will the far right profit from snap elections in Austria - State election boost for Angela Merkel - Two Turks on hunger strike to save their jobs – Concerns over the Polish constitution - Is liberal democracy under threat in the Czech Republic? - The rent crisis in Madrid pushing people out of their homes - Intellectual gardens are enjoying a renaissance in France – Nightingales over Berlin
2017 is a decisive year in terms of European elections. First the Dutch went to the polls, then the French. Germans will vote in September. And now the Austrians will go to the polls in October, after leadership changes and infighting in the governing coalition. The early election could see the far-right Freedom Party enter government. Kerry Skyring reports from Vienna.