Anti-terror bill agreed

Austria News Briefs

News | Vienna Review | October 2011

The coalition partners SPÖ and ÖVP have agreed on an anti-terror bill to be presented in Parliament, the APA reported.

The proposal allows the police to carry out "extended threat investigations" (erweiterte Gefahrenforschung) on individuals who publicly approve of violence, or take steps to acquire the skills to carry out a terrorist attack.

So far, such investigations, which include searching data stored online and by foreign intelligence agencies, could only be carried out on groups of at least three suspects.

As extended investigations will have to be approved by an independent legal representative, the SPÖ, previously opposed to the measure, says there are now sufficient guarantees that the police can only use its new powers where there is a concrete suspicion.

Other articles from this issue

  • Sniper at large in Vienna

    Austria News Briefs
    News | Vienna Review
  • Too Hot for Comfort

    With the franc now pegged to the euro, loan holders in Austria and Hungary assess the damage in the latest wake of financial turbulence, and weigh the options and risks of repayment
    News | Ronnie Wein
  • Slovenian Government Falls

    Central Europe News Briefs
    News | Vienna Review
  • On Utopia’s Doorstep

    Vienna's newest communal housing project 'CityCom2' wants to be a prototype for social integration in an ageing society – but early registrations suggest it may be ahead of its time
    News | Laurence Doering
  • All articles from this issue

    the vienna review October 2011