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The Last Word

Markus Seyffertitz believes that the world will end soon. “Crises, earthquakes, epidemics and the cooling of inter-personal relationships. Many of the signs described in the Bible are observable today,” he says. However, the 44-year-old doesn’t appear particularly devastated. On the contrary, he has been waiting for the end for a long time, his whole life, […]

Obama vs. Globalization

The origins of the First World War are often explained by a few cameos of emerging crises. It was after those shattering two shots piercing the Gräf & Stift Bois de Boulogne touring car in which Archduke Franz Ferdinand and his wife were riding at the time of their assassination that brought about the disintegration […]

Diplomat Pending

After a five months vacancy, financier and businessman William Eacho was nominated on Jun. 25 as the new U.S. ambassador to Austria. A graduate of Harvard, Eacho (55) has no previous diplomatic experience, but as with many other current and past diplomatic appointments to the so-called “safe countries” of the EU and former British commonwealth, […]

Just How Green is Wien?

In times of financial crisis, stimulus spending, recessions and global panic, Mother Earth tends to feel left out. So when World Environment Day (WED) rolled around this past Jun. 5 to the theme of “Your Planet Needs You – UNite to Combat Climate Change,” it was an opportune moment to bring pressing environmental issues to […]

CEE: New Optimism

Despite last year’s cautious optimism about the prospects of the energy industry, the crisis has indeed shaken the trade, both in terms of financial performance and executives’ mindsets. This is the conclusion of a survey conducted by GJP International, a search and management audit company specializing in the European energy industry. The study conducted interviews […]

Albertina Flood

Flood rains penetrated the “waterproof” casing of the high security depot of the famed Albertina Museum on Tuesday Jun. 23.  More than 950,000 artworks of inestimable value, including Albrecht Duerer’s Rabbit, were threatened with destruction by the high waters. Following the emergency evacuation of selected pieces, Dr. Klaus Albrecht Schroeder, Director of the Albertina, ordered […]

IAEA: Keeping the Balance

A new era is dawning upon the International Atomic Energy Agency as it awaits its new Director General to replace Nobel Laureate Mohammed El Baradei who has been the face of the nuclear agency for nearly a decade. El Baradei led the Agency through turbulent times, avoiding serious confrontations and managing – more or less […]

Minds Against Poverty

Muhammad Yunus doesn’t draw lines in the same places as other people, for instance between the “hard” issues of business and the “soft” issues of society. The winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for the establishment of the Grameen Bank in Bangladesh, Yunus has dedicated three decades of his life to changing the way […]

Almost Fair Elections

On Sunday, Jun. 7, citizens and international observers across Lebanon were focused on the parliamentary elections many hoped would bring badly needed change to the country. This small republic of 3.8 million along the eastern Mediterranean coast, surrounded by Syria and sharing a narrow border with Israel to the south, has long been affected by […]

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