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.
Vienna has scrambled to dampen a row with neighboring Italy. Defense Minister Hans Peter Doskozil had told media he was ready to send some 750 troops to the Brenner Pass to "protect" Austria from any migrant influx.
Pope Francis has sent a message to the InfoMigrants.net portal, a joint project of DW, Italy's ANSA and France's Media Monde. His encouragement came as Austria threatened to activate border controls to block migrants.
Austria's Defense Minister has told local media that Vienna could impose controls and deploy troops on its border with Italy. It comes as the UN warns that the influx of migrants into Europe shows little sign of slowing.