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Letters to the Editor: Sept. 2013

Re: [House Editorial “Out of Golan in 30 Days”, TVR July/August 2013]   What political irresponsibility or unexplainable fears can possibly have forced the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann (Chairman of the SPÖ) and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger (head of the liberal-conservative ÖVP, who additionally acts as Minister of Foreign Affairs) to abandon within 48 hours […]

The Fifth Column: July 2013

The Fifth Column: July 2013

High Tide for Harel?  A chiaroscuro drama is unfolding behind the scenes of the Hundertwasser exhibition (Japan and the Avant-garde), just ended with a jolly champagne breakfast in the grounds of the Belvedere. It is now clear that the much-loved Austrian eccentric, known for his ascetic lifestyle, was in fact worth a fortune. Along with […]

Golan Heights Withdrawal

Golan Heights Withdrawal

    Due to Popular Pressure, 16 June by Stephan Löwenstein The decision by the Austrian government to withdraw the approximately 380 soldiers of the armed forces from the UN mission in the Golan Heights has initially been received   positively at home. The man in the street applauded. […] Only a handful of commentators […]

UN Mission on Golan Heights

UN Mission on Golan Heights

    Why Austria Should Hold its Position on the Golan Heights, 10 May by Christian Ultsch The UN can only be as strong as its members make it. On the Syrian Golan Heights the United Nations provide an increasingly lamentable impression. And that lies first and foremost at the feet of the states supplying […]

Majority for Civil Service

Majority for Civil Service

For the first time since the beginning of the debate in 2010, a clear majority has opted for a professional army. Until now, young men have had an obligatory year of enlistment in the Austrian Army (Bundesheer), or alternatively, one and a half years of civil service in public institutions. The recent market-survey for Der […]

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