Austria’s chancellor has questioned the powers of Europe’s top court with the suggestion it has strayed into areas of national competence.
Vienna takes over the rotating presidency of the EU tomorrow. Wolfgang Schuessel has suggested that members of the bloc should think about whether a new higher authority is needed to legitimise the European Court of Justice’s actions. In newspaper interviews he cited judgements on women serving in Germany’s armed forces and the admission of foreign students to Austrian universities. Austria has become increasing sceptical about the EU over recent years, partly over fears of losing jobs to its eastern European neighbours. Polls show less than a third of people now say the membership they gained in 1995 is a good thing.