Weekly update: Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) criticises Vienna’s COVID-19 response

Politics


Interior Minister Karl Nehammer (ÖVP) has criticised Vienna’s response to the pandemic, since 60% of coronavirus infections were allegedly registered in the Austrian capital. The political attack is symptomatic of a longer historical conflict between the left-wing government in the capital’s Rathaus and the ÖVP-led federal government; and between the liberal city and the more conservative countryside.


Elsewhere


The Austrian low-cost airline Laudamotion closed its base at Vienna International Airport. The decision of Ryanair’s sister airline came after a failed negotiation on salary cuts due to the current crisis and will result in a loss of 300 jobs.


Culture


TheVolkstheater’s online programme features recordings of previous performances, released daily at 6pm (CET) and available for 24 hours. Check it out here.


Entertainment


Dreaming of a holiday in Austria? Former World Cup alpine ski racer Marcel Hirscher takes us on a journey across 18 holiday destinations around the country. Available to watch here.

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