Austrian intelligence services admit they had been briefed on an impending terror attack by their counterparts in Slovakia. However, Austria’s intelligence agencies didn’t take it seriously. The subsequent attack in Vienna on Monday by 20-year-old Kujtim Fejzulai claimed four lives.
Four people— two men, and two women— were killed on Monday night after Islamist terrorists, armed with automatic rifles, opened fire in various places in the Austrian capital, Vienna. Aside from those killed, 15 others were seriously injured. One of them was a police officer. Many of those wounded remain in critical condition.
The Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, and the European Union’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Josep Borrell, have strongly condemned the insults of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, aimed his French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron. On his part, the Chancellor made his thoughts known on Twitter.
Austria is part of a small group of EU countries that are standing up against an increase in contributions to the community budget. As net contributors, Austria— like Denmark, the Netherlands, Sweden, and Germany— takes the position that contributions must not increase exponentially.
The Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), led by former Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, has emerged the winner in snap parliamentary elections in Austria Sunday. The conservatives won 38.4% of the vote, up from 31% at the last election in 2017, thoroughly beating the Social Democrats, which only managed 21.5%.
“Enough is enough!” Those were all the words necessary Saturday for Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to explain why he was taking the country to early elections. His center-right Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) would be pulling out of a governing coalition with the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ). “I am not in politics to hold this office,” the Chancellor said in his announcement, “but to work for our beautiful country.” The President, Alexander Van der Bellen, has not yet set a date for the election, but condemned the “bold disrespect to the citizens of our country” which precipitated it.