November 29, 2013
by Michael Roberts
The Balkans is a region in southern Europe that stretches from Croatia to Bulgaria and derives its names from the Balkan Mountains. The region was invaded in the 14th century by the Ottoman Empire, which ruled for nearly 500 years. In 1878, the signing of the Treaty of Berlin redefined the Balkan ...[read more]
February 20, 2013
by Maureen Cosgrove
The European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) ruled Tuesday that a woman in a same-sex relationship could adopt her partner's biological child. The court held that Austria's existing ban on the practice, also called successive adoption, violated Articles 8 and 14 of the European Convention on Human ...[read more]
January 11, 2013
by Sarah Posner
An Austrian court convicted three neo-Nazis on Thursday of glorifying Nazism over the Internet, sentencing them to as many as nine years in prison. Neo-Nazi leader Gottfried Kuessel was sentenced to nine years in prison for creating the Alpen-Donau website, which promotes Nazism. Kuessel spent ...[read more]
December 21, 2012
by Jerry Votava
The Austrian Constitutional Court ruled Thursday that the EU Data Retention Directive may violate EU law. The court has referred the case to the European Court of Justice (ECJ) for additional review. The Directive calls on telecommunications and Internet companies to retain data such as e-mails, ...[read more]
August 31, 2012
by Cody Harding
On August 31, 2011, former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader was indicted on corruption charges by the Croatian Bureau for Combating Corruption and Organized Crime (USKOK). Sanader is accused of accepting a 3.6 million kuna (nearly USD $695,000) pay-off from Austria's Hypo-Alpe-Adria-Bank. Led ...[read more]
July 11, 2012
by Katherine Bacher
On July 11, 2011, an Austrian court approved the extradition of former Croatian prime minister Ivo Sanader, sending him back to Croatia to face corruption charges. Charges against Sanader included abuse of power, corruption and fraud, for which he was arrested in December 2010. Sanader continued ...[read more]
May 4, 2012
by Jaimie Cremeans
The Austrian Constitutional Court ruled Friday that the country's laws must not only conform to its own constitution but also to the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights in order to be upheld as constitutional. The only areas where legislation will not be held to the charter's standards are ones in ...[read more]
February 26, 2012
by Cynthia Miley
On February 26, 2008, the European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruled that an employee's dismissal based on her advanced stage of in vitro fertilization treatment was contrary to the principle of equal treatment for men and women. The ruling came in the case of an Austrian woman, Sabine Mayr, who ...[read more]
February 16, 2012
by Katherine Getty
United Nations (UN) Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon Thursday called on Syria to end to violence against civilians and possible crimes against humanity. During a speech in Vienna, Austria, the Secretary General said he had urged Syrian President Bashar al-Assad to make necessary changes before the ...[read more]
December 6, 2011
by Cynthia Miley
On December 6, 2007, the Austrian Parliament passed legislation that established a complete ban on cluster munitions. Austria was the second country to institute such a ban after Belgium, which banned cluster munitions in February 2006. In May 2008, more than 100 countries adopted a draft treaty ...[read more]

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