Austrian Social Democratic provincial governor ends cooperation with Freedom Party

From Reuters Top News:   VIENNA (Reuters) – The Social Democratic governor of Austria’s Burgenland province ended cooperation with the Freedom Party on Sunday and called early elections, in the latest political turmoil unleashed by a scandal at the far right party over state contracts. Heinz-Christian Strache resigned as Freedom

Israeli host expecting Eurovision 'punishment' for Iceland's Palestinian flag display

From Reuters Top News:   JERUSALEM (Reuters) – The Israeli broadcaster of the Eurovision Song Contest said on Sunday that an unauthorized display of Palestinian flags by Iceland’s band could draw “punishment” from the event’s organizers. Participants Hatari of Iceland perform during a dress rehearsal ahead of the Grand Final

Austria prepares for fresh elections after Ibiza video scandal

From The Guardian World:   Austria Footage appeared to show far-right vice-chancellor promise contracts in exchange for campaign support Austrian president Alexander Van der Bellen and chancellor Sebastian Kurz deliver their statement on Sunday. Photograph: Christian Bruna/EPA Austria is bracing itself for fresh elections in September after a tumultuous weekend

Skripal poisoning suspects received mystery phone call following attack

From The Guardian World:   Novichok poisonings Detectives think pair may have been awaiting signal that operation had been successful before returning home Anatoliy Chepiga (left) and Alexander Mishkin are suspected of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal. Photograph: Metropolitan police/EPA The Russian men suspected of poisoning Sergei and Yulia Skripal

European mainstream politicians see hope in downfall of Austrian far right leader

From Reuters Top News:   VIENNA (Reuters) – Politicians from Europe’s mainstream parties called on voters to stand against the far right, after a video sting brought down the leader of Austria’s Freedom Party, hurting the momentum of nationalists days before a European parliamentary election. Austria’s president called on Sunday