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Biden nominates Victoria Kennedy for Austria ambassadorship


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Austria warns against travel to Tyrol, eases virus curbs


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Poland pushes for Nazi camp in Austria to be remembered

Poland pushes for Nazi camp in Austria to be rememberedAs the world marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of a swathe of Nazi concentration camps, the hitherto neglected site of the Gusen camp in northern Austria has become a bone of contention, with the Polish government demanding it be better preserved. Much to the surprise of the Austrian government, the Polish Embassy in Austria said in December it wanted to buy the partly private land that hosted the site. Austria’s government reacted quickly, announcing in January it wants to refurbish Gusen, indirectly recognising the indifference with which the site had been treated since the end of World War II.



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Austria Threatens to Quit Effort to Create an EU Financial Tax

Austria Threatens to Quit Effort to Create an EU Financial Tax(Bloomberg) — Sign up here to receive the Davos Diary, a special daily newsletter that will run from Jan. 20-24.Austria’s new finance minister dismissed a proposal by his German counterpart on how to tax financial trades in the European Union, throwing the years-long effort into disarray.“We want a common, broad financial transaction tax. We’re ready to talk, but the current proposal is the opposite of what was originally intended,” Austria’s Gernot Bluemel told journalists on his way into a meeting of EU finance ministers in Brussels. Without a new a approach, the country will leave the group of 10 still working on the plan, he said.Germany’s Olaf Scholz tabled a “final proposal” for the levy in December that focused on stock purchases, after talks on a broader version of the tax had failed. Bluemel, who was sworn in along with the rest of Austria’s new government this month, said this approach would damage the real economy while letting “speculators” off the hook.The European Commission first proposed a financial-transaction tax in 2011 to make sure the industry made a “fair contribution” after taxpayers bore most of the costs of the financial crisis. When some member states opposed the plan, a smaller group sought a compromise under “enhanced cooperation” rules. Austria, Belgium, France, Germany, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Slovenia and Spain are still at the table.Scholz said he still expects an agreement with other European countries on the issue, indicating that some countries are willing to join the group. After years of discussion, “everybody who’s been involved knows what’s possible and what isn’t,” he said. Under EU rules on enhanced cooperation, at least 9 countries are needed for a coordinated approach. Scholz’s proposal foresees a tax rate of 0.2%, which would apply to acquisitions of shares issued by companies based in one of the participating countries and whose market capitalization exceeds 1 billion euros ($ 1.1 billion).(Updates with comment from Scholz in fifth paragraph.)To contact the reporter on this story: Alexander Weber in Brussels at aweber45@bloomberg.netTo contact the editors responsible for this story: Dale Crofts at dcrofts@bloomberg.net, Richard BravoFor more articles like this, please visit us at bloomberg.comSubscribe now to stay ahead with the most trusted business news source.©2020 Bloomberg L.P.



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Austria avalanche kills 3; Ski patrollers killed in France

Austria avalanche kills 3; Ski patrollers killed in FranceBERLIN (AP) — Three German skiers have been killed in an avalanche in Austria and a fourth is still missing, police said Sunday as snowfall set in again in the northern Alps. In France, two ski patrollers were killed when the devices they use to trigger avalanches exploded.



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Austria calls on Germany to clarify spying allegations

Austria calls on Germany to clarify spying allegationsAustria called on Germany Saturday to clarify new allegations that its secret service systematically spied on politicians, international organisations and companies on Austrian territory, as reported by two national newspapers. Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen called for “full clarification” from the German authorities, while Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz urged Berlin to “cooperate properly” in shedding light on newspaper reports regarding the past activities of the federal intelligence service, the BND.



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Austria: motives of Iran residence knife attacker a mystery

Austria: motives of Iran residence knife attacker a mysteryBERLIN (AP) — Austrian authorities searched the Vienna home Monday of a man who attacked a guard outside the Iranian ambassador's residence and was then fatally shot, but said they still have no information on his motives.



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Putin on US administration: 'It’s difficult to talk with people who confuse Austria and Australia'

Putin on US administration: 'It’s difficult to talk with people who confuse Austria and Australia'Vladimir Putin has mocked the state of US politics by joking that it is “difficult to have a dialogue with people who confuse Austria and Australia”. Mr Putin was referring to a 2007 gaffe by former US President George W Bush, when he thanked then-Australian leader John Howard for visiting Austrian troops in Iraq. Mr Bush also mixed up the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum with the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) during a speech to business leaders in Sydney.



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Austria to control Italy border, send armored vehicles to block migrants: ministry

Austria to control Italy border, send armored vehicles to block migrants: ministryAustria to control Italy border, send armored vehicles to block migrants: ministry.



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Austria Refuses To Accept Refugees

Austria Refuses To Accept RefugeesAustria delivered another blow to the EU's refugee resettlement program.



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