Austrian Holiday Unfairly Favors Protestants, EU Court Rules

Although the majority of Austrians identify as Roman Catholic, national law makes Good Friday a paid holiday only for people who belong to Protestant churches. But the EU high court ruled Tuesday that until Austria amends its law to “restore equal treatment,” Good Friday must be a paid holiday for all private employees.

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Austria Says It’s Prepared to ‘Protect’ Its Southern Border

Austria’s government and German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s coalition partners raised questions Tuesday about a deal to end a crisis over migration policy, with Vienna saying it is prepared to take unspecified measures to “protect” Austria’s southern border if migrants are its neighbor turns back migrants.

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