Austria stops Turkish-language driving tests
Learner drivers in Austria will no longer be able to take their written driving test in Turkish, according to the countryâs transportation minister.
Norbert Hofer, of the anti-Islam Freedom Party, said the move was an effort to cut costs and hoped it would also provide âencouragement to learn Germanâ.
Some 270,000 people with Turkish roots live in Austria and last year 3,631 of the 300,000 driving tests taken were completed in Turkish.
âEach additional language for training costs the state a five-figure sum that isnât justifiable,â Hofer told public radio station O1.
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Relations between Turkey and Austria have been strained in recent months over a host of issues, including Viennaâs stance towards migrants and its opposition to Ankaraâs EU membership bid.
During last yearâs Turkish referendum on expandi ng the presidentâs powers, tensions ran high between Vienna and Ankara after Austria said it would not allow campaign-related events.Source: Google News Austria | Netizen 24 Austria