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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 […]

Corruption Charges

Corruption Charges

Speigel Online Austria’s Right-wing Populists in a Swamp of Corruption, 9 Aug. by Julia Herrnböck For the Austrian right-wing populist Heinz-Christian Strache, it’s been a [political] uphill race for a long time. However, the pressure is mounting for the FPÖ-boss because of the corruption scandals of his Carinthian party proponents. As a consequence, the 43-year-old […]

Something Rotten in the State of Austria

Something Rotten in the State of Austria

Four-hundred pages was the length of the report issued by forensic experts in August this year, identifying the extent of dubious payments and contracts conducted by Telekom Austria, the country’s largest telecom provider and a former public utility that is still 28 per cent state-owned. And as the investigation into the suspicious payments proceeds, two […]

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