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Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s foreign minister and leader of the People’s Party (OeVP), celebrates victory in Austria’s general election with his  girlfriend, Susanne Thier, in Vienna. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Bloomberg

Austrians shifted to the right in Sunday’s parliamentary elections, giving the far-right Freedom Party a mandate to enter coalition talks with young c(...)

Sebastian Kurz, 31, has propelled his People’s Party to first place by taking a hard line on immigration. Photograph: Robert Jaeger/AFP/Getty Images

Young conservative star Sebastian Kurz is on track to become Austria’s next leader after an election on Sunday, but his party is far short of a majori(...)

Austria’s foreign minister and leader of Austria’s centre-right People’s Party (OeVP) Sebastian Kurz talks with reporters in front of a polling station during general elections in Vienna, Austria, on Sunday. Photograph: Getty

The leader of Austria’s right-leaning People’s Party has declared victory in a national election that puts him on track to become Europe’s youngest he(...)

A man holds a child as they disembark from the Aquarius ship of Sos Mediterranee upon its arrival in the Sicilian port of Palermo, southern Italy, today. About 600 migrants were brought to Sicily after being rescued at sea off the Libyan coast. Photograph: Igor Petyx/ANSA via AP

People traffickers have changed their routes and strategies for smuggling migrants into Europe following the clampdown by border police in EU countrie(...)

The crude divorce rate in Ireland is 0.6 per cent, according to the Eurostat.

Ireland’s divorce rate remains remarkably low when compared with the rest of Europe and the wider world. According to the April 2016 census, as publi(...)

 Sebastian Kurz arrives for a TV discussion, in Vienna, Austria. Photograph: Leonhard Foeger/Reuters

At Vienna’s Stadthalle concert hall, a capacity crowd of 16,000 claps their hands to the jaunty Radetzky March. Then he appears: a messiah in a slim-(...)

A young man wearing a shark suit has been given a citation under Austria’s ‘burka ban’ law. File photograph: Spencer Platt/Getty Images

A young man wearing a shark suit has been given a citation under Austria’s “burka ban” law. The country has a law that forbids any kind of full-face (...)

Georgia coach Vladimir Weiss speaks with Georgia’s defender Solomon Kverkvelia during their clash against Georgia. Photo: Getty Images

Georgia coach Vladimir Weiss has promised Wales will not get an easy World Cup ride in Tbilisi. Wales might need to win their last two qualifiers — (...)

Teaching unions say a lack of regular work, two-tier pay gaps and difficulties securing permanent contracts mean that  working abroad for many  is a “no-brainer”. Photo: iStock

Many secondary schools are finding it near impossible to find qualified substitutes available to cover for teacher absences in key subject areas. Pri(...)

Ireland has expressed a preference for hosting Europe’s drugs regulator, the European Medical Agency (EMA), after Brexit. File photograph: Getty Images

The publication on Saturday of the EU Commission’s unranked and unshortlisted assessment of the 27 bids from member states to host the London-based Eu(...)

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