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Neo-Nazis convicted

Seven members of “Object 21”, a right-wing extremist group in Upper Austria were sentenced to up to six years in prison on 5 November, after pleading not guilty of “re-engagement with National Socialism”, which was established as a crime in 1947. According to police surveillance since 2009, Object 21 has terrorised the region in Attnang-Pucheim […]

Swiss sex in a box

Nine sex boxes opened in Altstetten, a neighborhood outside of the city centre in Zurich, Swizerland on 26 August. The road leading to the sex-stations is clearly marked with red-umbrella signs, a recognised symbol for the trade in Eastern Europe. After negotiating a price, the driver pulls his or her car into a wooden shed. […]

EU citizenship laws

A new Austrian citizenship law reform came into effect in August, speeding up the process of becoming a citizen for immigrants with exceptional language proficiency or 3-year-volunteering experience. Despite growing standardisation, there are significant differences between citizenship laws of EU member states, as the Medien-Servicestelle Neue Österreicher/innen pointed out in a recent study. The principle […]

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