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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 […]

Viktor Orbán and Wolfgang Schüssel

Viktor Orbán and Wolfgang Schüssel

“We do not need the unsolicited assistance of foreigners guiding our hands,” declared Hungary’s Prime Minister Viktor Orbán on 15 March, the country’s national day. “We are more than familiar with the character of unsolicited, comradely assistance, even if it comes wearing a finely tailored suit and not a uniform with shoulder patches.” It was […]

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 […]

Telekom Scandal Grows

The growing corruption scandal surrounding Telekom Austria (TA), the country’s largest telecommunications firm, claimed its most high profile victim when Wolfgang Schüssel (People’s Party, ÖVP) stepped down as Member of Parliament on Sept. 5. While claiming ignorance, the former Chancellor had come under pressure after members of his ÖVP-BZÖ (Union for Austria’s Future) coalition government […]

The Nation’s Critic

The Nation’s Critic

Political analyst Anton Pelinka spends a lot of time commuting. A tenured professor of political science at the University of Innsbruck, he also spends a lot of time in Budapest, lecturing at the Central European University, or in the offices of the Institute for Conflict Research on the Heumarkt in Vienna where we met on […]

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