Austria




Van der Bellen wins Austrian presidential Election - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "Austria elected a former leader of the Green Party, who will be an open-minded, liberal-minded"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and above all a pro-European President"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Alexander Van der Bellen, who ran as an independent, increased his lead by a considerable margin from the original vote in May, which was annulled by the constitutional court due to voting irregularities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "( but the court had emphasised that there had been no evidence of the outcome of the election having been actively manipulated )"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "speaking in front of international press at the end of the evening, a visibly emboldened Van der Bellen said the election had not just been a repeat, "but a new election after the world around us has changed""

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "referring to the colours of the Austrian flag, he described the result as "a red-white-and-red signal of hope and change to all the capitals in Europe""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the endorsement of the retired economics professor was particularly emphatic in urban areas, with all of Vienna’s 23 districts showing up in Van der Bellen’s green at the end of the night"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Sigmar Gabriel, Germany’s leader of the Social Democratic Party: "the result is a clear victory for good sense"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and a massive relief for the whole of Europe"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • Luxembourg’s Foreign Minister, Jean Asselborn: "Austria voted for reason, tolerance and humanity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the result of the vote is good for Austria and the values of Europe"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Van der Bellen continues the old Austrian tradition of politicians ( Kreisky ), who think and act on behalf of Europe"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he stands for a much better political and social European Union, and strong climate measures"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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who is Austria's new President, Van der Bellen ? - Telegraph: LINK ¤ TELEGRAPH

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  • "Mr. Van der Bellen, 72, campaigned on a pro-EU platform and was backed by the Greens"

 

 

 

 

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  • "although officially independent, he led the Greens for a decade and has been hailed"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as the world's first Green head of state"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "fans affectionally call him "the professor" - Van der Bellen has proved as divisive a figure in the country's presidential race"

 

 

 

 

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  • "backied by the nation's most illustrous personalities including new Chancellor Christian Kern"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the grey-haired economics professor often cut a somewhat dishevelled figure, but first impressions can be misleading"

 

 

 

 

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  • "under his leadership, the party went on to achieve record results"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he stands for a "United States of Europe", which defends the rights of minority groups"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the president-elect said "Austrians needed to look after our democracy""

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he said he would not accept TTIP - the free trade deal the EU is negotiating with the US"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he will gladly work with the government to restore dynamism and leave behind the standing still of the past"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "hopes are also pinned on the new leader of the Social Democrats and Chancellor: Christian Kern"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the former head of Austria’s state rail, got off to a vigorous start"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "talking of a "New Deal" that would allay people’s worries"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Austria Report - BBC: LINK ¤ B B C

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  • "famous for its spectacular mountain scenery, Austria's position at the geographical heart of Europe"

 

 

 

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  • "on the key Danube trade route enhances its strategic importance"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the 1955 State Treaty guaranteed Austria's unity"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in return, Austria declared permanent neutrality, to which it still adheres"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the capital, Vienna, is home to key international organisations"

 

 

 

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  • "including the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe - OSCE"

 

 

 

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  • "the International Atomic Energy Agency - IAEA"

 

 

 

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  • "and Opec, the Organisation of Petroleum Exporting Countries"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austria has a very rich cultural heritage"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart occupies a place of his own as composer of some of the best loved European classical music"

 

 

 

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  • "while the works of Franz Schubert enjoy great popularity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interview with Austrian Chancellor Faymann - Spiegel online: LINK ¤ SPIEGEL ONLINE


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Spiegel online:
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  • "at the European Union summit, you said the European Central Bank (ECB) must gain "additional flexibility" for market intervention. What did you mean exactly ?"

 

 

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Chancellor Faymann:

 

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  • "if we manage to get debt brakes into the constitutions of member states and maintain stricter controls on frugal budgetary policy"

 

 

 

 

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  • "then we need to take the next step toward further safeguards"

 

 

 

 

 

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Spiegel online:
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  • "the German government vehemently rejects this"

 

 

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Chancellor Faymann:

 

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  • "one has to tell the countries that have been forced into this severe corset"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "what the benefits of collective protection will be afterwards"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "this Social Democratic agenda should be consistent even with Christian Democratic or Christian Socialist values"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the biggest difference is with the neo-liberals"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Spiegel online:
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  • "Chancellor Merkel said that stricter rules are needed in Europe. It sounds more like a punishment than solidarity"

 

 

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Chancellor Faymann:

 

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  • "rules aren't positive or negative, it's about the content"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we should regulate the financial markets more strictly"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "cut down on speculation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and found a European ratings agency"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "speculators have intensified the crisis"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "therefore, in the form of the transaction tax"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "they should also be involved in overcoming the crisis"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Leopold Hawelka, Luminary of Viennese Cafe Culture, dies aged 100 - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "in this city of more than 1,900 cafes, Leopold Hawelka was an icon"

 

 

 

 

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  • "as much part of Cafe Hawelka as its tables"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "scarred by burned-out cigarettes, their marble tops worn smooth by the elbows of four generations"

 

 

 

 

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  • "he served tourists, the rich and the famous"

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the neediest of the needy - after the second world war"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""he remains our director-general," said grandson Michael Hawelka earlier this year"

 

 

 

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  • "whenever he is here, he's the boss"

 

 

 

 

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  • "it was this sense of tradition that made Cafe Hawelka special"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "along with reminiscences from the unassuming owner and his late wife, Josefine"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "paying tribute to the man and his legacy, Austrian culture minister Claudia Schmied described him"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as a legend of coffee house culture"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the crowd changed from the postwar displaced to the likes of Warhol, Arthur Miller and local literary and artistic giants, to business travellers, students and tourists"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but the sense of time at a near standstill stayed the same"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with some guests lingering for hours over their cup of coffee and glass of water"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "too weak to attend his 100th birthday party"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a smiling portrait placed on his couch"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "served as a reminder of his commitment to guests and their welfare"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Capital: Vienna
-GoA = Government of Austria ]


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US Interests - US cable - 2005: LINK ¤ 05VIENNA1224

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  • "the situation in Austria presents significant challenges to the US"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austrian officials will not block a commercial deal, freeze a front charity's assets"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "or support a diplomatic initiative on our say-so alone"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "if we want the Austrians to think like we do"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we should make the effort to build our strategies in fora which include the Austrians"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Austrians are far more likely to buy into a policy direction"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in whose formulation they played a role"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with the Austrians, as with many Europeans"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "we need to offer deliverables"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the type of deliverables necessary are often intangible"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "coming at the level of show and protocol"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Trade - US cable - 2005: LINK ¤ 05VIENNA74

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  • "a ranking of service sectors in terms of market access priorities (1 is top priority) for the US"

 

 

 

 

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  • "computer (1, high) - telecommunication and Internet (1, medium)"

 

 

 

 

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  • "distribution services (2, high) - advertising services (2, high)"

 

 

 

 

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  • "management consulting (2, high) - banking and financial services (2, high)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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US Investment - US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06VIENNA462

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  • "the conservative Schuessel government - a coalition between the Austrian People's Party (OVP)"

 

 

 

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  • "and the Freedom Party (FPO) spin-off, "Alliance Future Austria" (BZO)"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "has continued a comprehensive economic reform"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a competitive business environment for US investors"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "privatization of public enterprises"

 

 

 

 

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  • "foreign investors have obtained shares in important Austrian industry sectors"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "370 US firms hold investments in Austria"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WTO - US cable - 2005: LINK ¤ 05VIENNA3840

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  • "Gabriella Habermayer, Head of the Ministry of Economy's Multilateral Trade Division:"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austria has several general concerns regarding further concessions on agricultural market access"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "first, Austrians believe that, without adequate safeguards"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the large, industrialized US agriculture sector"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "would overwhelm Europe's farms"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "second, most Austrians supported continued financial assistance"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for sustainable agricultural development"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "environmentally-conscious policies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and strong consumer protection capabilities"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "support for maintaining a large range of sensitive products remains strong"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in environmentally-green Austria"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austrians want all their foodstuffs produced locally"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EU - US cable - 2005: LINK ¤ 05VIENNA2717

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  • "fifty-two percent agreed that joining the EU, in retrospect, was the right decision - the lowest figure since 1997"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the poll revealed that 82% believe the EU focuses too much on business"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and not enough on social issues"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "seventy-nine percent criticized the larger member states"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for pursuing national interests ahead of common EU interests"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "seventy-five percent hope the EU will develop as a political counterweight to the US"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EU - US cable - 2005: LINK ¤ 05VIENNA1312

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  • "former Austrian EU Commissioner Franz Fischler said about the increasing EU skepticism:"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austrians feel at the mercy of political concepts with no idea where the journey will end"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the EU needs to clarify its grand strategy"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "develop its democratic structures"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and promote a European identity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Central Europe
- US cable - 2006:
LINK ¤ 06VIENNA6

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  • "Austrian commercial interests continue to benefit greatly from intensified trade and investment relations"

 

 

 

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  • "with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe (CEE), as well as Southeastern European (SEE) nations"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "more than 50% of Austrian foreign direct investment went to the region"

 

 

 

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  • "and Austria was the largest foreign investor in Slovenia, Croatia, Bulgaria, Romania and Bosnia-Herzegovina"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austrian banks and insurance companies are particularly dominant in CEE and SEE, with 25% and 20% market shares"

 

 

 

 

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  • "for Austrian banks the subsidiaries are cash cows"

 

 

 

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  • "with profits representing a large portion of operating income"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but the eastward expansion also involves risks, including political instability, legal uncertainties, and corruption"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "some Austrian firms and banks are becoming increasingly dependent"

 

 

 

 

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  • "on growth and future developments in these markets"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Microsoft
- US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06VIENNA718

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  • Thomas Lutz, Spokesman Microsoft Austria: "the priority of Microsoft:"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "advocating for minimal IT regulation"

 


 

 

 

 

 

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  • "on Internet governance. The IT sector appreciated"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the United States's efforts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to fight back supranational control of the Internet"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Foreign Minister Plassnik - US cable - 2006:
LINK ¤ 06VIENNA142

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  • "differences of opinion between the US and Europe inevitably would occur"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austria, as EU President, would sometimes have to express positions at odds with US policy"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "just as the US had created a sense of the American way of life, so Europe should do the same thing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is a European way of life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which includes very high social protections"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and solidarity between generations"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Jewish Community - US cable - 2005: LINK ¤ 05VIENNA1776

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  • "the Austrian Jewish Community (IKG) and the Austrian Government announced"

 

 

 

 

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  • "that pending questions regarding the restitution claims had been resolved"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the IKG will receive an additional 18.2 million Euro as restitution payment"

 

 

 

 

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  • "from the "Reconciliation Fund" for the compensation of former forced and slave laborers (1938-1945)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in return, the IKG will withdraw its 777 claims"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Agriculture Minister Proell - US cable - 2006:
LINK ¤ 06VIENNA867

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  • "Minister Proell reiterated his desire to maintain GMO-free zones for crop cultivation in Austria"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austrian dairy farms import grains from Argentina and Brazil"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "70 percent of these imports are GMOs"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "disagreements among scientists on the evidence is the main reason why Austria opposes biotechnology"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monsanto - US cable - 2006: LINK ¤ 06VIENNA1101

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  • "Austrian Ministry of Health issued a government ordinance to implement"

 

 

 

 

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  • "a marketing ban on Monsanto's GT73 oilseed rape"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the study from the Vienna's Institute for Environmental Protection concluded"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "that unintentional mingling of biotech rape with conventional seeds"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "is possible"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Austrian Federal Environmental Agency produced a separate report"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "highlighting inadequate testing of the product"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with regard to toxicity and allergies"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Climate Change
- US cable - 2005:
LINK ¤ 05VIENNA1151

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  • "when Austria signed the Kyoto Protocol"

 

 

 

 

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  • "it promised to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 13% by 2012"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by the end of 2004, however, emissions were 17% more than in 1990"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Minister of Economy Bartenstein and industry lobby groups"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "were successful in watering down the Austrian allocation plan"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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AUSTRIA - Wikipedia EN:
LINK ¤ AUSTRIA

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  • "the Republic of Austria is a federal republic and a landlocked country in Central Europe"

 

 

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  • "it is bordered by the Czech Republic and Germany to the north, Hungary and Slovakia to the east, Slovenia and Italy to the south, and Switzerland and Liechtenstein to the west"

 

 

 

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  • "Austria has a well-developed social market economy, a high standard of living, and high social standards"

 

 

 

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  • "Austria's past and its cultural environment generated a broad contribution to various forms of art, most notably among them music, literature and architecture"

 

 

 

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  • Population: 8.6 million

 

 

 

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