Connect to share and comment

Vienna palace offers flat at princely price

By Derek Brooks VIENNA (Reuters) - Vienna's opulent Schoenbrunn Palace, the former summer residence of the imperial Habsburg family, will open its doors to tourists looking to spend the night like Emperor Franz Josef and Empress Sisi. An apartment - once reserved for close relatives of the court - can be booked from April 30 at a starting price of 699 euros ($960) per person per night. The two-bedroom flat with kitchen and dining room sleeps four.

Austria jobless rate up sharply

Austria's unemployment rate rose sharply for the second month running in November, climbing 0.7 percentage points year-on-year to 8.0 percent of the workforce, official data showed Monday. In October the jobless rate was 7.4 percent having risen 0.7 percentage points compared to September. The number of people out of work in the eurozone member rose 10.8 percent year-on-year to 382,000, as exporters continued to suffer from weak conditions abroad and as winter weather hit the construction sector.

Vienna museum denies Jewish owner sold Klimt frieze under duress

By Georgina Prodhan VIENNA (Reuters) - The Viennese museum that houses one of Gustav Klimt's greatest artworks says it has evidence that its previous Jewish owner sold it to the Austrian state in an amicable transaction, rather than too cheaply under duress. The Secession museum is defending itself against a claim from some of the heirs of art collector Erich Lederer, who sold the monumental 1902 Beethoven Frieze to the state for $750,000 in 1973.

Austria coalition survives far-right gains: projections

VIENNA (Reuters) - The partners in Austria's pro-Europe, centrist coalition appear to have won enough votes to form a new government, staving off a strong challenge from the euroskeptic right wing, initial projections showed on Sunday. Chancellor Werner Faymann's Social Democrats (SPO) - who had campaigned on a platform of defending jobs and pensions and redistributing wealth - were poised to get 26.7 percent of the parliamentary vote, according to ARGE Wahlen projections reported by the Austria Press Agency.

Markus Hinterhaeuser to direct Salzburg Festival

VIENNA (Reuters) - Salzburg Festival veteran Markus Hinterhaeuser is to be the new director of the annual classical music showcase, replacing the controversial Alexander Pereria, who is going to La Scala Milan. Hinterhaeuser, a concert pianist and former interim director of the festival, will take over from the 2017 summer season, the festival organizers said in a statement on Wednesday. He had been the frontrunner for the post among 15 candidates.

Austria factfile

Austria, which joined the European Union in 1995 and was one of the 11 founder members of the eurozone, goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament. Key facts: GEOGRAPHY: at the heart of Europe, Austria is bordered by Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Its territory covers 83,879 square kilometres (32,385 square miles) and is divided into nine regions or "Land". POPULATION: 8.4 million (Statistik Austria, 2012) LANGUAGE: German RELIGION: majority Roman Catholic

Come to church to escape the heat, says Austrian Church

Austria's Catholic Church is trying a new strategy to attract the faithful: advertising its churches as places to cool off in a record heatwave. As Austrians sweltered in temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), Catholic news agency Kathpress surveyed the country's houses of worship Tuesday to find the coolest one. "When air conditioning and the cool wetness of a lake or open-air pool are beyond reach, Austria's churches can provide cool and spiritual refreshment at the same time," it said.

Austria finance minister upbeat on chances for EU deal on Hypo Alpe

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter is optimistic Vienna will strike a deal with the European Commission on the pace of restructuring nationalized lender Hypo Alpe Adria, she said after talks with the EU competition chief. "I am very, very confident that we will come to a positive ending here, namely we will get more time," she told Austrian broadcaster ORF on Wednesday.

Austrian Q1 growth stagnates

Austria's economy stagnated for the fourth quarter in a row in January-March, official data showed Monday, as key European partners remained mired in recession undermining demand for Austrian exports. Gross domestic product showed zero growth in the first quarter from the previous three-month period, the official WIFO economic institute said in a statement. Since the second quarter of 2012, GDP had oscillated between 0.1-percent growth and a 0.1-percent contraction, according to the revised figures.

Austrian Social Democrats routed in Salzburg election

Austria's Christian Democratic party on Sunday ousted the Social Democrats from power in early regional elections in Salzburg state following a financial scandal involving the outgoing government. According to first estimates, the Social Democrats' vote had crumbled to 24.1 percent compared with 39.4 percent in 2009, their worst-ever score in Salzburg. While the conservative party won enough votes to form the new government, it also lost ground, garnering 30.5 percent against 36.5 last time.
Syndicate content