Austrians to vote on abolishing military service

VIENNA - Austrians will vote in January on whether they want to abolish military service, an issue which has divided the ruling coalition, officials said on Tuesday.
The center-left Social Democrats (SPO) and the center-right People's Party (OVP) have argued for two years over the future of the neutral country's military, with the SPO lobbying for a professional army and the OVP insisting on keeping the draft.
The parties have now agreed to put the issue to voters in a referendum, the outcome of which is hard to predict.