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The Fifth Column: June 2013

The Fifth Column: June 2013

Soft Treat in Safe Hands? Good news, maybe, that a company owned by Julius Meinl V has at the last minute stumped up €5million to buy up the bankrupt, century-old family company Niemetz. Its troubles, and the fire-sale of its factory, struck at the heart of Austrian identity; in particular its chocolate, coconut-covered Schwedenbombe (“Sweden […]

Greens for Government?

Greens for Government?

    Greens Press on Towards the Top, 15 May by Meret Baumann Austria’s Greens have long stood in the shadow of entrepreneur Frank Stronach’s new party in this significant election year. While the billionaire was guaranteed the attention of observers and the media, not least because of his unconventional campaigning and his decisive gains […]

Gita Kaufman Retraces the Shadows From My Past

Gita Kaufman Retraces the Shadows From My Past

Gita Weinrauch Kaufman “can never forget, nor forgive, what happened.” She wanted us to know that right off, from the beginning, before trying to pull the many threads of place and memory together. The result became Shadows From My Past, a new documentary by Mrs. Kaufman and her late husband Curt that will be screened […]

The FPÖ and the Fraternities’ Ball

The FPÖ and the Fraternities’ Ball

Every year at the end of January, a “happening” takes place on the streets of Vienna’s inner districts that might seem strange to the eyes of visitors (see TVR, Feb. 2012). While inside the Hofburg, right-wing politicians and friends are taking the floor at what until last year was called the Wiener Korporations-Ball, on the […]

The ‘System Haider’ Implodes

The ‘System Haider’ Implodes

The ‘System Haider’ Implodes by Charles Ritterband Heads are rolling in Carinthia. The local head of the Austrian People’s Party, Josef Martinz, as well as the head of the Carinthian governing party FPK (Freiheitliche in Kärnten), Uwe Scheuch, were forced to resign in quick succession as a consequence of recently unveiled party donation scandals worth […]

More (or Less) of the Same In Carinthia

More (or Less) of  the Same In Carinthia

With the death of Regional Governor Jörg Haider on Oct. 11, Carinthia is not only in mourning, but is also faced with profound uncertainty about its political future. Gerhard Dörfler, elected on Oct. 23 to fill the unexpired term, is something of an unknown quantity to many, raising questions of whether he will carry on […]

Murder or Accident?

After Jörg Haider was killed Oct. 11 in a car accident many Austrians believed he was deliberately murdered. According to an Internet survey of 2000 people published on the webpage of the Austrian daily Heute, 79% of Internet users believe that Haider, president of BZÖ (Bündins Zukunft Österreichs) and regional governor of Carinthia was murdered […]

The ‘King of Carinthians’

The ‘King of Carinthians’

After the sudden and unexpected death on Oct. 11 of Jörg Haider, the founder and chairman of the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) and the regional governor of Carinthia, in a car accident, Carinthians were devastated. Huge billboards covered Klagenfurt with slogans like “Kärnten trauert” (Carinthia is grieving) and “Haider, der König der […]

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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