The Austrian Greens and moderate Muslims are infuriated after the Austrian foreign minister agreed with Saudi Arabian officials to set up an interreligious centre in Vienna.
Austrian People's Party (ÖVP) Foreign Minister and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger and high-ranking representatives from Spain and Saudi Arabia signed a contract sealing their intention to create such an institution in Vienna. The institution will be located at Schottenring in the heart of the Austrian capital. Both left-wing politicians and conservative media criticised the agreement for various reasons.
Die Presse pointed out that "hardly any other country in the world" allowed less religious freedom than Saudi Arabia. "(Christian) masses can only be held secretly in private houses. Those who turn away from Islam are facing the death penalty," the conservative newspaper reports.