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Weekly update: Finance Minister sued, metro in Graz to be constructed by 2030

Updated: May 9, 2021

Politics


Opposition parties have sued Finance Minister Gernot Blümel (ÖVP), accusing him of perjury during investigations into alleged party donations from the Novomatic AG company. He risks up to three years in prison.

Blümel in 2020. Photo: Bundesministerium für Finanzen via Wikimedia Commons, CC BY 2.0


The government has agreed on a reform of insolvency law. The debt repayment period will be lowered from 5 to 3 years.


Infrastructure


Graz could get its own metro by 2030. The City Council has presented plans for the construction of two underground lines that will improve public mobility in the second biggest city in Austria.


Word of the week


The German word ‘Quark’ (a fresh dairy product) is known in Austria as ‘Topfen

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