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New World Rebels at the Imperial Court

New World Rebels at the Imperial Court

When they met, Austria was a giant empire encountering a dwarf-like distant colony, barely independent and without many allies. Much has changed over the past 175 years.  As the U.S. Congress appointed William Lee in 1777 to be America’s first diplomatic representative to the Austrian-Hungarian court, imperial diplomats declined to recognise an upstart young nation […]

The Fifth Column: November 2013

The Fifth Column: November 2013

1914 – 1918:  Spreading the Blame “I’m not saying it’s your fault,” goes a common managerial expression. “I’m saying we’re going to blame you.” In this pre-August 1914 anniversary year, historic shifts-of-responsibility are coming under fresh scrutiny. One is the idea that the old softie Emperor Franz-Josef was reluctant when he uttered the ominous words: […]

Out of Golan in 30 Days

On 12 June, the UN in New York announced that soldiers from the Fiji Islands will replace the 380 Austrian troops of the UNDOF peacekeeping mission on Golan Heights, the buffer zone between Israel and Syria. Sending an estimated 500 troops in total, the small nation in the South Pacific, East of Australia, with some […]

WoMen at War: Austria at Home From 1914–1918

WoMen at War: Austria at Home  From 1914–1918

Military museums are tricky things: It’s important to honour the heroism and sacrifice in national defence, and important also to respect the strategies of victory or tragedies of loss. But war itself? To a modern sensibility, the answer is unclear – as the Austrian Museum of Military History, the Heeresgeschichtliches Museum, apparently understands, and has […]

Conscription Referendum: The Third Option

Conscription Referendum: The Third Option

On 2 January, Austrians cast their ballots on a first-ever national referendum on the military, choosing whether to switch to an all-volunteer professional army, a Berufsheer, or maintain conscription for all young men 18 to 35, with the option of alternative service, or Zivildienst. When all the votes were in on the non-binding referendum, nearly […]

Androsch’s Mission Impossible

Androsch’s Mission Impossible

“It was clear from the beginning that this was a mission impossible,” commented Hannes Androsch on ORF Radio, Sunday, 20 January, as the early returns were announced in Austria’s first nationwide non-binding referendum, held earlier that day supporting a continuation of mandatory military service. The result had not come as a surprise to the 74-year-old […]

EADS Bribery Scandal

EADS Bribery Scandal

Europe-wide Bribery Network, 10 Nov. by Hans Leyendecker and Klaus Ott Bribery and embezzlement, money laundering and fraud: Because of the EADS’ [European Aeronautic Defence Space Company] business deals with Austria, prosecutors are investigating all over Europe. The head of the defence contractor, Tom Enders, has announced a crack-down on corruption. It is, however, rather […]

Military Service

Military Service

Not So Bad at the Bundesheer, 7 Sept. by Peter Krobath […] I personally describe myself as a military-service-nostalgic, although my time in the Austrian Army was a long, boring joke with virtually no punch-lines. However, the older one gets, the more the dull is quickly forgotten and only the few jokes remain. There were […]

Military Cooperation: A Question of Trust

Military Cooperation: A Question of Trust

  Could Slovaks ever imagine allowing Hungarian pilots to patrol their airspace? That question is worth asking after the NATO summit in Chicago on 20-21 May, as ministers from Hungary, Slovakia, Poland, and the Czech Republic contemplate their first joint security initiative in the 20 years since they agreed on a pact of mutual cooperation […]

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