With winter ending and warmer conditions prevailing, the central Mediterranean migrant route between North Africa and Italy has seen a surge in refugees. With the Italian border to Austria closed, will northern Italy become the next Idomeni?
Austria's elections are in the homestretch. The topics of immigration, Islamization and refugees are dominating the campaign like never before – it has become a race between the right and the far-right.
Some 600 migrants, including many children, have arrived in Sicily after being rescued at sea in the past days. The new influx highlights problems with a controversial deal between Italy and Libya on stopping migrants.
The conservative Sebastian Kurz has emerged victorious from Austrian elections. As he now looks to form a government, he should carefully consider the dangers of partnering with the far-right FPÖ, says Bernd Riegert.
Polls have opened in Austrian elections that are tipped to see conservative Sebastian Kurz become Europe's youngest leader. The far right is also expected to score well, with immigration an important election issue.
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