Austria Cables




Austria's golden Age - Neil Clark: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "the 1970s marked a high point of "Social Democracy" in western Europe"

 

 

 

 

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  • "across the continent genuinely progressive statesmen set the agenda"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "in West Germany, there was Willy Brandt"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in Sweden, Olof Palme"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in Britain, Harold Wilson"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but, for my money the greatest European of them all was Austria's Bruno Kreisky"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Kreisky led his country for 13 years, from 1970-83, winning a clear majority for the Socialist party a remarkable three times"

 

 

 

 

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  • "during his time in office he transformed Austria into one of the most egalitarian societies on Earth"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Kreisky promoted working-class education, extended public ownership"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and expanded the welfare state"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "under Kreisky, Austria not only became a more equal society, it also became more prosperous"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "his economic policies showed that there certainly was an alternative to the monetarist economics that were soon to be imposed - at huge social and economic cost - in Britain"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "socially there were major advances too: the position of Austrian women was greatly improved"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Kreisky not only made Austria a better place, he tried his best to make the world a better place too"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a true internationalist, he supported a policy of "active neutrality" for his country"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "jewish Kreisky was a great champion of the rights of the Palestinian people"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but it wasn't just Kreisky's policies that make him such a hero"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "it was his style of politics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Kreisky was a true man of the people - he kept his telephone number listed in the Vienna phone book after becoming chancellor, so that ordinary members of the public could call him to discuss their problems"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "modest, humorous and immensely likeable"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he debated on television without notes and said exactly what he thought"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Kreisky's sincerity shone through in everything that he did"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the UNO-City was a demonstration of Kreisky's belief in the UN and Austria's role as an actively neutral country"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "at the heart of solving international disputes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "when Kreisky died, his great friend Willy Brandt said that Kreisky"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "performed a great service to the community and wealth of the peoples"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "how Europe could do with someone like him today ?"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bertha von Suttner: first Woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize - the Guardian: LINK ¤ the GUARDIAN

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  • "as the statistics show, the prize has normally been awarded to men"

 

 

 

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  • "but it was a woman who inspired Alfred Nobel to establish the prize"

 

 

 

 

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  • "Bertha von Suttner, who in 1905 became the first woman to be awarded the honour"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a book inspired Nobel to create his Peace Prize"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and the book's author, a woman, eventually collected the award herself"

 

 

 

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  • "yet Bertha von Suttner is surprisingly little known today"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "before her marriage to Arthur von Suttner, Bertha worked briefly for Alfred Nobel - and the pair kept in touch throughout their lives"

 

 

 

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  • "as Bertha became more and more prominent in the peace movement"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Nobel reached the decision to leave money in his will to establish a peace prize"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "part of Bertha's prominence in the Peace League was due to her novel "lay down your Arms", published in 1889"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Bertha's influence on Nobel can be seen seen in his stipulation for the prize"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for the man or woman who induced Europe to take the first step towards the idea of peace"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "sums up the way she lived her life"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Capital: Vienna -GoA = Government of Austria ]


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Neutrality - US cable - 2007: LINK ¤ 07VIENNA1231

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  • "Austrian neutrality has assumed almost mythical status"

 

 

 

 

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  • "as a part of Austria's national character"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austria considers itself a committed supporter of the UN system"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austrians have been part of UN peacekeeping operations for almost five decades"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and it has long maintained a force of almost 300 troops in the Golan Heights"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "a key element of Austria's global strategy is the encouragement of international dialogue"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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comment US:

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  • "it is a tenet of Austria's national mythology that the country's ability to maintain ties throughout the world"

 

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  • "constitutes a real contribution to peace and stability"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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EU Presidency - US cable - 2006:
LINK ¤ 06VIENNA2322

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  • "the Austrians approached the EU presidency like a solid backup quarterback takes the field"

 

 

 

 

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  • "they had modest expectations, they strove for technical competence, and they set realistic goals"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "anxious to avoid embarrassing missteps"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Schuessel's conservative government "played it safe" by eschewing low-percentage efforts"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "for the Austrians, dealing with the US was a matter of reading"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "what we wanted to do and then executing"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Zwentendorf - US cable - 2006:
LINK ¤ 06VIENNA3482

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  • "the Czech decision to grant a final operating license"

 

 

 

 

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  • "for the controversial Temelin nuclear power plant"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "has unleashed a barrage of criticism in Austria"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "state government officials in Upper Austria, which lies approximately 40 miles from Temelin, have been the most vehement critics"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "as one Green politician said: the only safe nuclear power plant is Austria's Zwentendorf"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "which anti-nuclear activists were able to shut down before it went into operation"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Faymann - US cable - 2008:
LINK ¤ 08VIENNA1145

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  • "Social Democratic Party delegates elected (SPO)"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Minister Werner Faymann as their new party leader during a convention in Linz"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "he emphasized the need for government to fight rising prices"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and provide a "social counterweight""

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "to the influences of economic competition and globalization"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the SPO is pro-European"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "but wants to see an EU that is more attentive to the needs of workers"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "national referenda would help the EU develop a new treaty adopted"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "with the people, not against them"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Raiffeisen
- US cable - 2006:
LINK ¤ 06VIENNA3602

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  • "the Raiffeisen Association is a commercial heavyweight within Austria"

 

 

 

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  • "with wide-ranging and diverse business holdings"

 

 

 

 

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  • "in the banking, investment, insurance, dairy, and media sectors"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Raiffeisen has often exerted political influence"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "albeit usually discretely behind the scenes"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "there is a strong connection to Austria's conservative People's Party (OVP)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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BAWAG - US cable - 2007: LINK ¤ 07VIENNA117

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  • "the US investment fund Cerberus Capital Management has purchased the BAWAG PSK bank"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Austria's fourth largest banking group, for Euro 3.2 billion (US$ 4.0 billion)"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "problems followed the disclosure of huge losses from speculative transactions in offshore centers"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and its involvement in the bankrupt US commodities and futures broker Refco"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Short Selling - US cable - 2008:
LINK ¤ 08VIENNA1454

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  • "Austria's Financial Market Supervision (FMA) restricted short-selling"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "by defining stricter parameters for market manipulation and insider trading"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "FMA and OeNB presented a joint package for reform of financial market supervision"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "on issues including off-balance positions"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "supervision of trusts, balance sheet regulations for derivative products and hedging"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Banks Rescue Package - US cable - 2008: LINK ¤ 08VIENNA1534

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  • "the Austrian Government proposed a Euro 100 billion (US$ 135 billion)"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • ""rescue package" for Austrian banks"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the plan includes Euro 85 billion (US$ 115 billion) in government guarantees for inter-bank lending"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "and a Euro 15 billion (US$ 20 billion) guarantee to strengthen the banks' capitalization"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the government agreed on an economic stimulus package to counter the weakening economy"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Banks - US cable - 2009: LINK ¤ 09VIENNA484

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  • "four of the six largest Austrian banks"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "Erste Bank, Raiffeisen Zentralbank, Volksbanken AG and Hypo Alpe Adria/HAA bank"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "have now taken equity injections"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Hypo Alpe Adria - US cable - 2009: LINK ¤ 09VIENNA1583

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  • "the Austrian Government nationalized Hypo Alpe Adria (HAA) - Austria's sixth largest bank"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "HAA's three former owners will provide EUR 1 billion in fresh equity"

 

 

 

 

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  • "BayernLB EUR 825 million,  Carinthia EUR 200 million,  GRAWE EUR 30 million"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "the Austrian Government will add EUR 450 million in equity"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Economic Recovery - US cable - 2010:
LINK ¤ 10VIENNA8

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  • "after the deepest recession in more than 50 years, Austria's economy has started to recover"

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "GDP will grow around 1.5%"

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  • "unemployment is rising to 5.5%"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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WOLFGANG AMADEUS MOZART - Wikipedia EN:
LINK ¤ MOZART

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  • "Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart was a prolific and influential composer of the classical era"

 

 

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  • "he composed over 600 works, many acknowledged as pinnacles of symphonic, concertante, chamber, operatic, and choral music"

 

 

 

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  • "Mozart is among the most enduringly popular of classical composers, and his influence on subsequent western art music is profound"

 

 

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  • "it is only through recognizing the sensuality at the center of Mozart's work that we can make a start towards a comprehension of his structures and an insight into his magnificence"

 

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