Who was Egon Schiele? Austrian painter and protege of Gustav Klimt killed by the Spanish flu pandemic

Here’s what you need to know about the major figurative painter. Who was Egon Schiele? Born in Tulln an der Donau, Austro-Hungarian Empire in 1890, Schiele idolised Gustav Klimt. Schiele’s intense portraits famously featured nude figures. The police confiscated hundreds of his works due to their sexually explicit nature. In 1912, Schiele was arrested for allegedly seducing and kidnapping a […]

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Not gay enough: Afghan teen loses Austrian asylum case for demeanour

Berlin: To be granted asylum as an LGBT refugee in Austria, there are a number of criteria an applicant should apparently meet if they want their application to succeed. Their walk and clothes should look homosexual. Their gestures and behaviour should also convey their sexual orientation. The rainbow flag symbolises homosexuality. Oh, and don't get into a fight with anyone, […]

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Motorbike rider crashes in wet conditions then surfs his own bike over the tarmac in bizarre incident at Austrian Moto2

Japanese star Tetsuta Nagashima looked set for an ugly crash on turn nine of the Austrian track as he lost control in the soaking wet conditions. But he brilliantly controlled his high-speed smash to avoid injuring himself or others. As he slipped through the turn, Nagashima, 26, incredibly got his knees up on his now-sideways bike to stop himself scraping […]

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Outrage as far-right Austrian politician says he wants to register Jews in chilling echo of Nazi Germany

The disturbing plan was unveiled by Gottfried Waldhausl, the minister in charge of animal welfare for the populist conservative Freedom Party of Austria (FPO). He said he wanted to create the registry which would allow Jewish citizens to buy only kosher meat – therefore reducing the amount of animals slaughtered every year. Followers of Judaism are only allowed to eat […]

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