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Siegfried Beer: Tracking Spies in the Archives

Siegfried Beer: Tracking Spies in the Archives

East German Spies in Austria!: The cover story of the Viennese weekly profil of 21 May jumped off the newsstand. Spy stories are hard to resist. This latest was about the one-time proprietor of Gutruf, a cigar chewing bon vivant by the name of Rudi Wein, code name “Procurer”, who re-surfaced recently in some newly-released […]

Zilk and the Past

“Just forget about it” – this seems to be the official reaction of Austria to the Zilk Affair. ÖVP-chairman Josef Pröll spoke on in March of “weighty accusations” that had to be clarified. But the Federal President, the Federal Chancellor and the newspaper Kronen Zeitung had already absolved Zilk, one suspects even before they had […]

End of an Era

End of an Era

Far right leader Jörg Haider’s sudden and tragic death in the early hours of his mother’s 90th birthday celebration, mirrored his political life. The Carinthian regional governor was a whirlwind, a controversial and charismatic populist, who successfully dominated Austrian domestic and international politics for over two decades. Less than two weeks later, Austria mourned yet […]

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