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The Kreisky Forum

The Kreisky Forum

At the podium of the Kreisky Forum, British economist Lord Robert Skidelsky leans in as he addresses the audience; his explanations are patient, his words clear. More than eighty years ago, he tells us, the economist John Maynard Keynes predicted that we’d now be earning more, playing more, and working only three hours a day. […]

Letters to the Editor: March 2013

To the Editor In urging the British Prime Minister to rethink his position on Europe, Joschka Fischer (“Eclipse of British Reason”, TVR February 2013) advises David Cameron to re-read Winston Churchill’s 1946 speech at the University of Zurich. He quotes approvingly Churchill’s words “We must build a kind of United States of Europe.” Revealingly, Fischer […]

John Sailer: Gallerist of The Austrian Avant-Garde

John Sailer: Gallerist of The Austrian Avant-Garde

Saturday, 15 March. It was just after 15:00, when I pushed open the door of Café Sperl and felt a blessed gust of warm air. After a few days of a spring tease, the weather had turned on us with a slap, sending everyone back to the closet for hats and scarves. So it was […]

Auer Borea & The Kreisky Forum: Solving Problems Through Dialogue

Auer Borea & The Kreisky Forum: Solving Problems Through Dialogue

Given the roster of leading thinkers who cross her threshold, it’s surprising how many are unfamiliar with the name of Gertraud Auer Borea d’Olmo, since 2005 the General Secretary of the Bruno Kreisky Forum for International Dialogue in Vienna. But she prefers it that way. “It’s not about promoting me, it is about promoting ideas,” […]

Kreisky’s Shadow

Even before he resigned as Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky responded to a question from the great journalist Kurt Vorhofer, who had died all too soon,  as to whether he would one day want a monument in his honor on the Ringstrasse: “My vanity doesn’t wear itself out on such things(…) What I would love most would […]

OIIP: Impoverishing Public Debate

Jan. 22 marked the 100th birthday of Bruno Kreisky, the visionary chancellor who reintroduced postwar Austria to the world – and brought the world to Austria. Under Kreisky, at the height of the Cold War, Austria became a bridge between East and West and a vocal advocate for peace and arms control. He persuaded the […]

Kreisky: Nostalgia for Progress

Theater pieces, exhibitions, a commemoration in the Hofburg, podium discussions, lectures and presentations – a celebration of Bruno Kreisky, Austria’s longest serving chancellor, who would have been 100 year’s old Jan. 22. Kreisky died just over 20 years ago, after serving as chancellor from 1970 to 1983, much of it with an absolute majority, and […]

The Kreisky Era – A Golden Age?

Full employment, a solid social state, an influential foreign policy and a ‘Sun-King’ chancellor who appeared to be an unbeatable. These are the images which are called up when you speak to Austrians about the time when Bruno Kreisky was Chancellor of Austria (1970-1983). Even the FPÖ, a party not well-known for their love of […]

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