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About Johannes
Vienna-based videojournalist working as a correspondent for the international news channels EURONEWS and CGTN. I'm a German mother tongue but able to report also in English, Italian, and French language.

My equipment: Panasonic Lumix G7 (4K), Rode Wireless Go II (2 mics), 3 point lighting, DJI ronin gimbal, Adobe Premiere.
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Thousands of Austrians protest far-right Freedom Party

25 Mar 2024  |  malaysia.news.yahoo.com
Thousands of Austrians have demonstrated against the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), which has been leading in polls for over a year. As the European and parliamentary elections approach, concerns about political instability grow. The protestors include a diverse group, notably featuring grandmas against the far-right, united in opposition to the right-wing political trend.

Thousands of Austrians protest far-right Freedom Party

25 Mar 2024  |  www.yahoo.com
Thousands of Austrians have protested against the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), which has been leading in polls for over a year. With upcoming European and parliamentary elections, the country faces potential political turmoil. The protestors include a diverse group, notably featuring grandmas against the far-right.

Thousands of Austrians protest far-right Freedom Party

25 Mar 2024  |  euronews.com
Thousands of Austrians have demonstrated against the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ), which has been leading in polls for over a year. As European and parliamentary elections approach, concerns about political instability grow. A diverse group, including grandmas, has united to oppose the right-wing surge.

Drones repair damage caused by invasive insects in Austrian forests

18 Mar 2024  |  fr.euronews.com
Invasive bark beetles from North America are damaging pine trees in Austria's Tyrol region. To combat this, drones are being used to plant seeds of other tree species like birch, aiding forest regeneration. The seeds are coated with clay minerals for precise planting, especially in steep areas, complementing the manual efforts of the District of Lienz's forest workers.

Drones aid reforestation in Austria's Tyrol forest

18 Mar 2024  |  www.euronews.com
The State Forestry Directorate and the East Tyrol District Forestry Inspectorate are using drones to combat the bark beetle in Tyrol's forests, with potential applications for neighbouring countries if successful.

Carbon farmers remove CO2 from air and get money from 'greenwashers'

06 Dec 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
In Austria, farmers like Herbert Zetner are engaging in 'carbon farming' to increase CO2 storage in soil, which is then verified and sold as CO2 certificates to companies aiming for net-zero emissions. Despite adding to his workload without full compensation, Zetner's methods are gaining interest among other farmers. However, environmental organizations, including Global 2000, criticize the practice as greenwashing, suggesting that re-watering peat swamps is a more effective carbon storage method.

Late skiing start in Alps due to warmest autumn on record

05 Dec 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
The warmest autumn on record has led to the latest ever opening of high-altitude ski resorts in Austria and Switzerland, including Austria's Stubai glacier. This delay impacts the tourism sector, which is crucial for the region's economy, particularly in Austria where it contributes about five percent of GDP. Climate experts predict that in the future, skiing may only be feasible on elevated glacier resorts. Some resorts are adapting by focusing on summer tourism, offering activities like hiking and mountain biking, but this does not fully compensate for the loss in winter revenue.

Preparing for disaster: Iceland's four anti-volcano measures

24 Nov 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Iceland's authorities are implementing measures to mitigate the impact of a potential volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula. Protective walls are being constructed to shield the Reykjanes Power Plant, the area's sole energy source. The Justice Minister highlighted the lack of alternative energy infrastructure. Iceland's strict construction code has proven effective against seismic damage, as demonstrated when Grindavik withstood an earthquake without building collapses. The MET Office is tasked with providing at least 30 minutes' notice to evacuate in case of an eruption. Additionally, water cooling of rising magma is being considered as a preventative measure.

Austria considers new contract for Russian gas

03 Nov 2023  |  euronews.com
Austria is considering a plan to secure future gas supplies by bypassing Ukraine's scheduled end to Russian gas transits. The Austrian energy regulator, E-Control, suggests that gas can still flow through the Ukrainian pipeline with different contractual partners, despite the end of the supply contract with Naftogaz. Naftogaz has stated it does not intend to extend the contract from 2025 and criticizes the support of Russia through gas purchases during the war. The EU has criticized Austria for its energy dependence on Moscow. Austria aims to import gas from the West in the future, but necessary pipeline construction to Germany is delayed until 2027, potentially prolonging Austria's reliance on Russia and Ukraine.

Legalizing hash: Copenhagen's plan to save Christiania

27 Oct 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Copenhagen's city administration is advocating for the nationwide legalization of cannabis to curb gang violence in Christiania, a historic anarchist commune. Despite opposition from the Danish government, local officials believe legalization could reduce gang income and violence. Christiania residents express mixed feelings about the increasing violence and the need for more rules, but they remain committed to their alternative lifestyle. The community continues to attract new residents, who appreciate the creative freedom and communal support, despite the challenges.

Slovakia becomes latest Schengen country to introduce border checks

05 Oct 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Following the introduction of border checks by Poland, Czechia, and Austria with Slovakia, the Slovak government announced regular checks on its border with Hungary starting Thursday. This response comes amid a 900 percent increase in migrant arrivals from crisis areas like Syria, as reported by Slovakia's interior ministry. The migrants typically travel through the Balkan route via Serbia and Hungary. Germany also initiated random checks at its borders with Poland and Czechia, citing Russia and Belarus's alleged role in the migration surge. The border checks, which include document and vehicle inspections, are expected to last at least 10 days and have raised concerns about the impact on daily commuters.

Citizens express their discontent with the rising inflation

05 Oct 2023  |  es.euronews.com
Inflation in Austria is causing public unrest, with the country experiencing one of the highest inflation rates in the Eurozone. Consumers, such as those at Vienna's Naschmarkt, are feeling the impact of rising costs. The Austrian Institute of Economic Research criticizes the government's current measures and suggests utilizing public infrastructure to reduce energy prices. While food prices are expected to ease soon, sectors requiring significant labor, like the restaurant industry, will continue to see price increases.

Vanishing ice: Swiss Alps lost 10% of its glaciers in last two years

28 Sep 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Warm temperatures have caused significant glacier retreat in the Swiss Alps, with a 10% reduction in glacier volume over the past two years. Smaller glaciers have completely vanished, and the Alps may be ice-free sooner than expected. Austria faces similar issues, with predictions that its glaciers will disappear by 2050. Despite the alarming retreat, experts note that water supply in the region is more dependent on seasonal snow cover. The landscape and skiing resorts, however, will be significantly affected.

Austria and Switzerland to join Sky Shield despite neutrality policy

14 Aug 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Austria and Switzerland, traditionally neutral countries, plan to join the European air defense initiative 'Sky Shield,' sparking divisions within their populations. Right-wing parties argue it compromises neutrality, while military officials stress the need for enhanced air defense capabilities. Despite limited membership, public opinion is split, with some fearing a drift towards NATO. Austria's far-right Freedom Party calls for a referendum, while experts and officials argue the initiative won't compromise neutrality. The Russian Academy of Sciences warns of potential sanctions if the countries align with Western defense policies.

What happens if Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant blows up?

03 Aug 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
The IPPNW has warned that the conflict near Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant could lead to a nuclear disaster affecting eastern Europe and global hunger. Russian troops control the plant, and both Russia and Ukraine have accused each other of shelling near it. A missile strike could spread nuclear contamination, with caesium-137 posing significant health risks. The IPPNW urges action from Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons treaty members and criticizes the lack of a Security Council statement on the plant's military targeting. The potential global impact on food security is highlighted, especially concerning grain exports from Ukraine to Africa.

Drug consumption increases worldwide

25 Jun 2023  |  es.euronews.com
Global drug consumption has risen by 23% over the past decade, with 296 million people using drugs in 2021, according to the UNODC World Drug Report. Cannabis is the most common substance, followed by opioids, amphetamines, cocaine, and ecstasy. Drug-related disorders have surged by 45%, with 39.5 million cases reported, and only one in five individuals receiving treatment. However, the pandemic has spurred innovative methods to reach drug users, increasing the number of people receiving treatment, which Angela Me of the UNODC views as a sign of hope.

Austria | Deja de imprimirse Wiener Zeitung el diario más antiguo del mundo

15 Jun 2023  |  es.euronews.com
Starting in July, the Austrian newspaper Wiener Zeitung will cease its print edition and move exclusively online, leading to significant job losses. Co-editor Judith Belfkih highlights the historical importance of the newspaper, which has been in existence since 1703. The Austrian government decided to end the daily print edition due to a new EU directive that restricts the newspaper's main revenue source, the mandatory publication of annual business accounts. Media spokesperson Kurt Egger explains the need to change the newspaper's funding model. Austria has dropped significantly in press freedom rankings over the past five years, amid accusations of government influence through media advertising.

iPhone changing its connector to USB is not enough to reduce e-waste

14 Jun 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Apple's switch from Lightning to USB connectors aims to reduce e-waste, but experts argue that more steps are needed. The EU's regulation for a unified charging cable is expected to reduce e-waste and promote sustainability, though Apple and industry representatives warn it may stifle innovation. The recycling process remains complex, with challenges in separating hazardous materials. The regulation, while primarily affecting the EU, is likely to set a global standard. Concerns persist about potential workarounds by Apple and the broader impact on technological advancements.

WWF urges EU to adopt nature restoration law quickly

12 Jun 2023  |  ru.euronews.com
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is advocating for the swift adoption of the EU's nature restoration law, despite significant resistance. A project near Vienna demonstrates the law's practical benefits, such as reconnecting river branches to prevent them from drying up. The European Commission estimates that over 80% of habitats in Europe are in poor condition, and the proposed law aims to restore all damaged ecosystems by 2050. However, the European People's Party opposes the law, citing concerns over agricultural land and food security. WWF argues that these concerns are unfounded and emphasizes the importance of biodiversity in agricultural ecosystems.

Oil prices could rise as Saudis announce biggest output cut in years

05 Jun 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Saudi Arabia has committed to a significant reduction in oil production for July, with a planned cut from around 10 million barrels per day to 9 million. This move is part of a broader OPEC+ agreement to limit supply into 2024. The decision, which took seven hours of talks to reach, is a response to weaker than expected demand projections into 2023. OPEC+, including Russia, controls about 40% of global crude output, and their policies significantly influence oil prices. The effectiveness of the cuts in raising prices remains uncertain, as previous reductions had minimal impact.

Norway's salmon exports to China jump to record highs

12 May 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Norway's salmon exports to China have reached record highs, driven by increased demand from China's growing middle class. The Norwegian Seafood Council sees China as a key growth market, though the industry faces challenges in managing fish stocks and preventing diseases like salmon lice. The value of Norwegian seafood exports to China surged in the first quarter, with over 40,000 tons shipped in April, marking an 18% year-on-year increase. The industry is crucial to Norway's economy and cultural identity, but improvements in handling and disease prevention are needed for further expansion.

Austria: Standoff between environmental activists and government

19 Apr 2023  |  fr.euronews.com
In Austria, the government is intensifying its crackdown on climate activists, with some officials calling for prison sentences for those blocking streets. Anja Windl, a prominent member of the 'Dernière génération' group, faces potential expulsion. The group has been blocking traffic weekly to demand effective climate protection laws, as the previous law expired in 2020. Environment Minister Leonore Gewessler supports swift action on new legislation but needs parliamentary majority. The group plans a series of protests in May, potentially disrupting major avenues in the capital.

Austrian town incentivizes shopkeepers to revitalize high street

09 Apr 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Eisenstadt, a town in Eastern Austria, has successfully revitalized its high street by offering financial incentives to new businesses. Marketing manager Margit Sommer spearheaded the initiative, which includes a 'downtown bonus' that supports new businesses financially for their first three years. The program has reduced the number of vacant shops significantly and includes additional measures like planting trees and organizing regular events. Residents have responded positively, although some still prefer out-of-town shopping malls for convenience.

Austria suffers from drought

27 Mar 2023  |  ru.euronews.com
Austria is experiencing a significant drought due to a lack of rainfall, causing groundwater levels to drop across half the country. Lake Zicksee in eastern Austria has completely dried up, leading locals to search for coins and valuables on the lakebed among fish skeletons. The usual snowfall in the Alps is lower, with western Austria receiving one-third less precipitation and Italy only half the norm. This poses serious consequences for much of Europe. Klaus Haslinger, a climatologist at GeoSphere Austria, explains that less snowmelt will lead to critically low river levels in the coming weeks and months. The Austrian government is responding by investing in drinking water infrastructure, such as drilling deeper wells.

Slovenian farmers demand more protection against wolf massacres

24 Mar 2023  |  es.euronews.com
In the border region between Austria and Slovenia, wolves have caused significant damage, with a notable increase in farm animal deaths. Slovenian farmer Matija Juvan received minimal compensation from the government due to lost identification tags. The Slovenian government requires proof of wolf attacks for compensation, despite a rise in unaccounted animal losses. Both Slovenia and Austria allow hunting of certain wolves, particularly hybrids. WWF emphasizes the ecological benefits of wolves in forest conservation. Juvan considers giving up sheep farming due to the persistent wolf attacks.

Alpine villages terrorized by wolves

24 Mar 2023  |  ru.euronews.com
Wolves are causing fear among residents of border regions in Austria and Slovenia, with a significant increase in livestock deaths attributed to wolves in Carinthia. Slovenian farmer Matija Juvan received only partial government compensation for his sheep killed by wolves due to lost identification tags. The Slovenian government requires proof of wolf attacks for compensation. Hunters use carcasses to trap wolves, as partial culling is allowed in Slovenia and Austria, targeting mainly wolf-dog hybrids. The World Wildlife Fund argues that wolves protect forests from deer overpopulation, saving the forestry industry millions of euros. Meanwhile, Juvan contemplates abandoning sheep farming due to the stress of wolf attacks.

How endangered are wolves in Europe? Calls for a review of the protection status

24 Mar 2023  |  gr.euronews.com
Livestock attacks by wolves are increasing in Europe, prompting discussions on revising their protection status. In Austria, sheep attacks by wolves rose by 230%. The Austrian Agriculture Minister, supported by counterparts from several countries, called for a protection status review, citing biodiversity threats. In November 2022, the European Parliament voted for a resolution to mitigate wolf protection status. However, environmental organizations and some EU Environment Ministers oppose weakening legal protections, highlighting wolves' role in ecosystem balance. They request faster, larger compensations for affected livestock farmers and maintain the importance of protecting rare species.

Ukraine tops agenda with global security in balance after Munich meet

20 Feb 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
The Munich Security Conference concluded with a focus on the Ukraine crisis, emphasizing the need for increased military support to Kyiv. Western leaders, including French President Emmanuel Macron and EU foreign policy chief Josep Borrell, called for Europe to re-arm and accelerate weapon production. The G7 warned against supporting Russia, while China advocated for peace talks and fewer sanctions. A meeting between China's top diplomat Wang Yi and U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken highlighted tensions over the Ukraine issue and recent U.S. actions.

Chocolate industry: Less child labor, but rainforests still at risk

19 Feb 2023  |  newseu.cgtn.com
The chocolate industry's demand has driven significant deforestation in West Africa, particularly in Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. Despite progress in sustainable sourcing, deforestation remains a critical issue. The International Cocoa Initiative reports improvements in working conditions and a reduction in child labor, but emphasizes the need for more action. Companies like Nestlé and Mars are making efforts to support sustainable practices and boost productivity, while the EU and UK are moving towards banning illegally produced cocoa. Ghana's government criticizes the competitive approach of chocolate producers, advocating for more collaboration.

UN says reported cases of human trafficking hide a much bigger problem

24 Jan 2023  |  euronews.com
The UN has expressed concern that the pandemic may have obscured the true extent of human trafficking, as registered cases fell significantly during the health crisis. Experts believe that crimes such as trafficking, prostitution, and forced labor may be moving further underground. In 2020, there was an 11% drop in detected human trafficking cases worldwide, with variations between regions. East Asia and North Africa saw cases halved, while Europe and North America experienced increases due to more investigators and resources. The UN fears that this decline in detected cases, the first in 20 years, may become the new normal, making the crime harder to uncover. Traffickers reportedly used the pandemic to grow their criminal networks undetected, prompting calls for new approaches to effectively combat human trafficking.

Czechia's EU presidency united Europe during difficult times

24 Dec 2022  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Czechia's six-month presidency of the Council of the European Union, despite challenges like the war in Ukraine and soaring energy prices, succeeded in uniting EU member states and neighboring allies. Prime Minister Petr Fiala led the creation of the European Political Community to foster cooperation among 27 EU members and 17 neighboring countries. However, Czechia faced internal struggles with record inflation and growing resentment. The presidency was praised by EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen and EU Parliament President Roberta Metsola for its efforts in uniting Europe and protecting non-EU countries.

Austrian ski season starts with increased prices and slower lifts

17 Dec 2022  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Austria's ski season has commenced with a 10 percent increase in ski ticket prices, a response to the country's record 11 percent inflation. Zauchensee, the most expensive resort near Salzburg, has implemented several cost-cutting measures, including no heating for chairlifts or terraces and running lifts at a slower speed. Resort manager Veronika Scheffer cites a fivefold increase in energy prices and doubling of diesel prices as reasons for the changes. The government offers up to $26 million in subsidies for resorts that save energy, but it's uncertain if the high costs will deter skiers.

IAEA chief hopes for Iran meeting this month

17 Nov 2022  |  newseu.cgtn.com
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) remains hopeful for a meeting with Iran despite the United States halting nuclear talks. IAEA chief Rafael Grossi expressed optimism for a meeting later this month, although Iran's nuclear chief stated no trip to Tehran is planned. The IAEA's board of governors is expected to pass a resolution condemning Iran for not explaining uranium traces at undeclared sites. Iran has rejected the resolution draft. Additionally, the IAEA is pushing for a combat-free zone around Ukraine's Zaporizhzhia nuclear plant, with further consultations planned with Ukraine and Russia.

Moldova urges Russia to withdraw troops from Transnistria

28 Oct 2022  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Moldova has reiterated its call for Russia to withdraw troops from the Transnistria region, citing concerns over national integrity and potential escalation of the Ukraine conflict. The presence of Russian soldiers, described by Moscow as peacekeepers, has been a point of contention for 30 years. Moldova's interior minister Ana Revenco emphasized the need for international support, while opposition leader Mihail Garbuz supports the Russian military presence, suggesting it could benefit Moldova economically. The situation remains tense, with warnings from Russia and concerns from local experts about the potential for increased conflict involvement.

IAEA presents new devices to control 'peaceful' nuclear programs

30 Sep 2022  |  newseu.cgtn.com
The IAEA has introduced new surveillance devices, including a 'Cerenkov' robot and modernized container seals, to enhance the monitoring of nuclear plants globally. The robot aims to confirm the amount of spent nuclear fuel and ensure it hasn't been diverted, while the seals verify if container material has been tampered with. The IAEA's largest monitoring operation is in Iran, where surveillance footage has been withheld since the U.S. withdrew from the nuclear treaty. The head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization recently met with IAEA chief Rafael Grossi to discuss safeguard issues. Currently, only 200 of the 1,334 nuclear facilities worldwide are remotely monitored, and the IAEA is looking to increase this number.

Protesters in Austria demand high salaries and bigger pensions

18 Sep 2022  |  newseu.cgtn.com
Over 32,000 demonstrators protested in Austrian cities against the high cost of living, demanding higher salaries and bigger pensions. Workers unions organized the protests, highlighting the struggle to afford basic necessities due to high gas and electricity prices. The Austrian government has implemented aid measures, including a $500 payment to citizens, but critics argue these are insufficient. Marcus Scheiblecker from the Austrian Institute of Economic Research suggests more targeted measures are needed. With inflation at a 50-year high and the threat of recession looming in the EU, further protests are anticipated if the situation worsens.

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