Austria’s ‘rock star’ chancellor is kicking out Muslims and shutting down mosques

The right-wing government in Austria has escalated its hostility toward Muslims in the country by announcing this week that it plans to shut down seven mosques and deport between 40 and 60 Islamic clerics who receive foreign funding. The coalition government, led by Chancellor Sebastian Kurz,…

Austrian prosecutors charge 17 members of far-right group for racist and xenophobic stunts

State prosecutors in Austria announced this week that they were pressing criminal charges against 17 members of the “Identitarian Movement,” a far-right group which has risen to prominence in recent years with a series of provocative stunts. The charges, which prosecutors said on Monday are against…

The reason why Russia is so invested in Austria’s far-right shift

INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA — Austria’s far-right interior minister Herbert Kickl last week ordered the creation of a “border protection unit” to prevent an influx of migrants into the country — the latest anti-immigrant policy by an extremist far-right government that has become a safe haven for Russian…