Former centre-left Austrian chancellor Christian Kern will seek to succeed Jean-Claude Juncker in the 2019 European Parliament elections. The pro-European Kern’s candidacy will hope to provide a balance to growing nationalist forces throughout the continent.
The northern Italian province of South Tyrol, or Alto Adige in Italian, has always been a point of contention between Austria and Italy. Now, while Vienna controls the EU presidency, plans to grant dual citizenship to the German-speaking minority in the mountainous province has bothered Italy
Vienna ranks as the world’s most livable city according to an annual survey by The Economist Intelligence Unit. This is the first time a European city has topped these rankings. The Austrian capital knocked Melbourne, Australia from the top spot after seven years of holding the top rank.
Interior ministers Matteo Salvini of Italy, Horst Seehofer of Germany and Herbert Kickl of Austria said after talks in Innsbruck that an "axis of the willing" led by Vienna, Berlin and Rome would curb migrant departures.