Austria’s new interior minister is a professional musician

Wolfgang Sobotka, who replaces the anti-immigrant hardliner Johanna Mikl-Leitner, studied cello at the Vienna Music University and conducting at the Bruckner University in Linz.

While he is likely to maintain his predecessor’s hard line on border control, Sobotka might have more sympathy for those who are struggling for the right to fly with their instruments.

Austrian Airlines, we hear, are now demanding that musicians call after booking a ticket. They will then either allow a violin on board – or insist you purchase an extra seat.

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