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Carl Djerassi Opens “Buch Wien” Book Fair

Carl Djerassi Opens “Buch Wien” Book Fair

The International book fair Buch Wien 2012 officially opens its doors 21 Nov, kicking off four days of readings and workshops in bookstores and cultural institutions throughout Vienna. Playwright Carl Djerassi has the honour of reading the opening address, the man perhaps better known as the inventor of the birth-control pill. He was born in […]

Outrage and Action: the Elders

Outrage and Action: the Elders

With every day’s news, Wolfgang Radlegger was getting more and more frustrated: the Euro crisis, underfunded universities, misguided immigration policy, rampant corruption – the list of pressing issues was getting longer and longer and public decision-making ever more paralysed. Coalition members – “more interested in getting re-elected or getting rich”, he said – had made […]

Living Across Borders

It is hard to find a more committed European than Erhard Busek: The former Vice Chancellor of Austria, today he is Chairman of the Institute for the Danube and Central Europe, and coordinator of the Southeast European Cooperative-Initiative (SECI), a project created to enhance stability in Southeastern Europe through the development of economic and environmental […]

Turkey’s Own Ways

Turkey’s Own Ways

After a successful trip to Europe, the glitter surrounding Obama’s first official trip to the continent dwindled down in the East, when the president of the U.S. openly supported Turkey’s accession to the EU, sending rifts of criticism from France to Germany. In Austria, Erhard Busek, Co-ordinator of the Southeast European Co-operative Initiative (SECI), explained […]

Busek’s Dilemma

Busek’s Dilemma

In April 1994, after the negotiations for Austria to join the EU were successfully completed, the campaign for the enabling referendum on June 12, began to heat up. At the height of the debate, Brigitte Ederer, the then Social Democrats State Secretary for EU Affairs and now CEO of Siemens Österreich, projected that joining the […]

“We are already at War” – Erhard Busek

A former vice chancellor argued that Austrian neutrality has become effectively obsolete as a political stance, in a panel discussion of Oct. 8, organized by the Austrian daily Der Standard.  During the event entitled ‘Neutralität – Abschaffen oder Bewahren’ (Neutrality – Dismantle or Preserve), Erhard Busek provoked a heated debate at the Montagsgespräch, chaired by […]

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