Iranian President meets Austrian Chancellor

DW: Hassan Rouhani has met with Austrian Chancellor Kurz and President Van der Bellen in a bid to save the Iran nuclear deal. But his trip has been overshadowed by an alleged bomb plot against critics of Iran’s regime.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has been doing his best to pressure European leaders and other signatories of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, to guarantee benefits for his country in the face of increasingly hardline threats from the USA.… Be Informed

Austrian Chancellor calls for stronger borders with Germany

DW: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has warned that Germany’s new migration deal could force the Alpine country to impose stronger border checks on Italy and Slovenia. The deal ended a bitter German government crisis.

Austria’s conservative chancellor on Tuesday said that Germany’s debate over how to tackle irregular migration underlined the importance of strengthening the European Union’s external border.… Be Informed

German Interior Minister forms ‘axis’ with Austria, Italy against Merkel

Reuters: Germany should ally itself with Austria and Italy on migration and security policies, Interior Minister Horst Seehofer said on Wednesday, a shift that could prove uncomfortable for Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Standing alongside Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, Seehofer said he had spoken to the Italian interior minister, “and it was his wish that Rome, Vienna and Berlin should work together at the interior minister level in the areas of security, fighting terrorism and the core issue of immigration.”

Kurz, who heads a right-wing coalition, said: “In our view, we need an axis of the willing in the fight against illegal migration.”

The comments come as European divisions over how to handle migration have been exacerbated by the case of the Aquarius, a migrant rescue ship operated by a Franco-German charity that Italy has refused to let dock in its ports.… Be Informed

Putin visits Austria in first visit in EU state since re-election

Easing of sanctions against Russia, the relations with the US and the European Union were the main topics discussed during a meeting between Russian President Vladimir Putin and Austrian chancellor, Sebastian Kurz.

Putin’s visit to Austria was the first state visit to an EU member state since being re-elected as Russian president in March.… Be Informed