Austria http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/30672/all en Vienna set to party like it's 1899 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/vienna-set-party-its-1899 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Michael Shields</p> <p>VIENNA, Feb 6 (Reuters) - Attending this year's Vienna Opera Ball will be a dream come true for Oscar-winning U.S. actress Mira Sorvino, she said on Wednesday as the Austrian capital put the finishing touches on it most glittering social event.</p> <p>"I feel like I'm going to be in a fairy tale ball, like Cinderella walking into the ball," she told reporters.</p> <p>"I just hope I am able to do the waltz correctly."</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130206/vienna-set-party-its-1899" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Balls Business Europe Thomson Reuters Wed, 06 Feb 2013 14:45:59 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5747608 at http://www.globalpost.com Sausages, Sisi and Mira Sorvino at Vienna's Opera Ball http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/sausages-sisi-and-mira-sorvino-at-viennas-opera-ball <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Austro-Hungarian empire may be long dead but Viennese high society was back with a bang Thursday for the annual waltzing and show-off extravaganza that is the Opera Ball.</p> <p>Dressed up to the nines and paying through the nose, the high point of the social calendar sees celebrities, politicians and tycoons rub shoulders with aristocrats and nervous debutantes.</p> <p>In testament to the staying power of waltzing and the traditional Viennese ball -- as well as Austrians' undiminished wealth -- the 5,150 tickets costing 250 euros ($335) were snapped up for another year running.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/sausages-sisi-and-mira-sorvino-at-viennas-opera-ball" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Human Interest Richard Lugner AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 19:45:48 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749312 at http://www.globalpost.com Sausages, Sisi, Sorvino -- and music -- at Vienna ball http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/sausages-sisi-sorvino-and-music-at-vienna-ball <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>The Austro-Hungarian empire may be long dead but Viennese high society was back with a bang Thursday for the annual waltzing, music and show-off extravaganza that is the Opera Ball.</p> <p>Dressed up to the nines and paying through the nose, the high point of the social calendar sees celebrities, politicians and tycoons rub shoulders with aristocrats and nervous debutantes.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130207/sausages-sisi-sorvino-and-music-at-vienna-ball" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Culture Europe Human Interest AFP Thu, 07 Feb 2013 23:15:49 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5749471 at http://www.globalpost.com UPDATE 1-Cellar victim Kampusch raped, starved in film of ordeal http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/update-1-cellar-victim-kampusch-raped-starved-film-ordeal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Adds quotes from actors, director, Kampusch appearance)</p> <p>By Georgina Prodhan</p> <p>VIENNA, Feb 25 (Reuters) - A new film based on the story of Austrian kidnap victim Natascha Kampusch shows her being repeatedly raped by the captor who beat and starved her during the eight-and-a-half years that he kept her in a cellar beneath his house.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130225/update-1-cellar-victim-kampusch-raped-starved-film-ordeal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Crime Entertainment Natascha Kampusch Natascha Kampusch Thomson Reuters Mon, 25 Feb 2013 21:00:16 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5766355 at http://www.globalpost.com Austria's defence minister steps down http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/austrias-defence-minister-steps-down <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Austria's Defence Minister Norbert Darabos resigned on Tuesday to become secretary of the ruling coalition's biggest party, less than seven months before the country goes to the polls.</p> <p>Darabos, of the Social Democrats (SPOe), will be replaced by 44-year-old lawmaker Gerald Klug, who has been heading the SPOe's parliamentary group.</p> <p>Darabos, 48, in January suffered a major setback as Austrians voted to keep the neutral country's military conscription -- a widely debated tradition the minister and his party, led by Chancellor Werner Faymann, had wanted to get rid of. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130305/austrias-defence-minister-steps-down" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Norbert Darabos AFP Tue, 05 Mar 2013 20:01:02 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5774250 at http://www.globalpost.com Incidents make Jews wary, 75 years after Hitler annexed Austria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130309/incidents-make-jews-wary-75-years-after-hitler-annexed-austria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>* Austria marks anniversary of Nazi "Anschluss" on Tuesday</p> <p>* Jewish population now 15,000 compared to 195,000 in 1938</p> <p>* Jewish community growing in confidence but vigilant</p> <p>* Far-right Freedom party polling 20 pct before elections</p> <p>* Austria airbrushed Nazi history for decades</p> <p>By Georgina Prodhan</p> <p>VIENNA, March 10 (Reuters) - Marina Plistiev, a Kyrgyzstan-born Jew, has lived in Vienna for 34 years but still doesn't like to take public transport.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130309/incidents-make-jews-wary-75-years-after-hitler-annexed-austria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Law Nazi Germany Religion Thomson Reuters Sun, 10 Mar 2013 00:45:33 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5778473 at http://www.globalpost.com Anschluss 1938, a brain-drain for cultural Austria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130309/anschluss-1938-brain-drain-cultural-austria <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>A vibrant city of poets, artists and thinkers in the early 1900s, it went down in a sea of swastikas after Hitler's triumphant return: Vienna after the Anschluss lost not only many of its people, but a great deal of its talent. </p> <p>On March 12, 1938, Nazi troops marched into Austria. Three days later, Austrian-born Adolf Hitler gave a rousing speech from the balcony of Vienna's Imperial Palace to a jubilant crowd of 250,000 and Austria ceased to exist as an independent state. </p> <p>An exodus that began years earlier when the Nazis took power in Germany accelerated. </p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130309/anschluss-1938-brain-drain-cultural-austria" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Chancellors of Austria Entertainment Europe Technology AFP Sun, 10 Mar 2013 03:30:33 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5778564 at http://www.globalpost.com CORRECTED-Incidents make Jews wary, 75 years after Hitler annexed Austria http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/rpt-incidents-make-jews-wary-75-years-after-hitler-annexed-aust <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>(Repeats adding PIX to slug; no changes to text)</p> <p>* Austria marks anniversary of Nazi "Anschluss" on Tuesday</p> <p>* Jewish population now 15,000 compared to 195,000 in 1938</p> <p>* Jewish community growing in confidence but vigilant</p> <p>* Far-right Freedom party polling 20 pct before elections</p> <p>* Austria airbrushed its Nazi history for decades</p> <p>By Georgina Prodhan</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130311/rpt-incidents-make-jews-wary-75-years-after-hitler-annexed-aust" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Law Nazi Germany Religion Thomson Reuters Mon, 11 Mar 2013 08:00:23 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5779401 at http://www.globalpost.com Austria's Fekter claims victory in EU bank secrecy fight http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130415/austrias-fekter-claims-victory-eu-bank-secrecy-fight <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>By Michael Shields</p> <p>VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter has declared a victory in her lonely battle with the other 26 European Union countries to maintain her country's banking secrecy and avoid reporting foreigners' accounts to their tax authorities.</p> <p>Dismissing suggestions that her position had left Austria under pressure and isolated, the woman who has vowed to "fight like a lion" to defend the country's banking rules insisted she had emerged on top in weekend talks with EU partners.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130415/austrias-fekter-claims-victory-eu-bank-secrecy-fight" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Human Interest Maria Fekter Nobility Thomson Reuters Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:15:20 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5815740 at http://www.globalpost.com Austrians say end bank secrecy for foreigners-polls http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130420/austrians-say-end-bank-secrecy-foreigners-polls <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VIENNA (Reuters) - Most Austrians are in favour of relaxing the strict banking secrecy rules that have isolated the Alpine republic from its European peers, according to two polls published on Saturday.</p> <p>Only 18 percent want to keep banking secrecy in its current form, a Gallup poll for daily tabloid Oesterreich found, while a second poll for news weekly profil found only 14 percent would be opposed to Austria's sharing details of foreigners' accounts.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130420/austrians-say-end-bank-secrecy-foreigners-polls" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Law Privacy Thomson Reuters Sat, 20 Apr 2013 15:00:05 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5821013 at http://www.globalpost.com Austrian Social Democrats routed in Salzburg election http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/austrian-social-democrats-routed-salzburg-election <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Austria's Christian Democratic party on Sunday ousted the Social Democrats from power in early regional elections in Salzburg state following a financial scandal involving the outgoing government.</p> <p>According to first estimates, the Social Democrats' vote had crumbled to 24.1 percent compared with 39.4 percent in 2009, their worst-ever score in Salzburg.</p> <p>While the conservative party won enough votes to form the new government, it also lost ground, garnering 30.5 percent against 36.5 last time.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130505/austrian-social-democrats-routed-salzburg-election" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Geography AFP Sun, 05 May 2013 19:30:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5831441 at http://www.globalpost.com Austrian Q1 growth stagnates http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130610/austrian-q1-growth-stagnates <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Austria's economy stagnated for the fourth quarter in a row in January-March, official data showed Monday, as key European partners remained mired in recession undermining demand for Austrian exports. </p> <p>Gross domestic product showed zero growth in the first quarter from the previous three-month period, the official WIFO economic institute said in a statement. </p> <p>Since the second quarter of 2012, GDP had oscillated between 0.1-percent growth and a 0.1-percent contraction, according to the revised figures. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130610/austrian-q1-growth-stagnates" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Recessions Technology WIFO AFP Mon, 10 Jun 2013 11:30:20 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5854157 at http://www.globalpost.com Austria finance minister upbeat on chances for EU deal on Hypo Alpe http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/austria-finance-minister-upbeat-chances-eu-deal-hypo-alpe <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Thomson Reuters </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>VIENNA (Reuters) - Austrian Finance Minister Maria Fekter is optimistic Vienna will strike a deal with the European Commission on the pace of restructuring nationalized lender Hypo Alpe Adria, she said after talks with the EU competition chief.</p> <p>"I am very, very confident that we will come to a positive ending here, namely we will get more time," she told Austrian broadcaster ORF on Wednesday.</p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://thomsonreuters.com" class="button wire reuters"></a></p> <p><span>Copyright Thomson Reuters, 2013.</span></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/thomson-reuters/130626/austria-finance-minister-upbeat-chances-eu-deal-hypo-alpe" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Business Europe Republics Thomson Reuters Wed, 26 Jun 2013 20:01:59 +0000 Thomson Reuters 5868470 at http://www.globalpost.com Come to church to escape the heat, says Austrian Church http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130806/come-church-escape-the-heat-says-austrian-church <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Austria's Catholic Church is trying a new strategy to attract the faithful: advertising its churches as places to cool off in a record heatwave.</p> <p>As Austrians sweltered in temperatures close to 40 degrees Celsius (104 Fahrenheit), Catholic news agency Kathpress surveyed the country's houses of worship Tuesday to find the coolest one.</p> <p>"When air conditioning and the cool wetness of a lake or open-air pool are beyond reach, Austria's churches can provide cool and spiritual refreshment at the same time," it said. </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130806/come-church-escape-the-heat-says-austrian-church" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Geography AFP Tue, 06 Aug 2013 16:33:10 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5903933 at http://www.globalpost.com Austria factfile http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130925/austria-factfile <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Agence France-Presse </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p>Austria, which joined the European Union in 1995 and was one of the 11 founder members of the eurozone, goes to the polls on Sunday to elect a new parliament.</p> <p>Key facts:</p> <p>GEOGRAPHY: at the heart of Europe, Austria is bordered by Germany, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Slovenia, Italy, Switzerland and Liechtenstein. Its territory covers 83,879 square kilometres (32,385 square miles) and is divided into nine regions or "Land".</p> <p>POPULATION: 8.4 million (Statistik Austria, 2012)</p> <p>LANGUAGE: German </p> <p>RELIGION: majority Roman Catholic </p> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-wire-copyright"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <p><a href="http://www.afp.com/" class="button wire afp"></a></p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/terms-use#afp"><span>Copyright AFP, 2013.</span></a></p> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/afp/130925/austria-factfile" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Austria Europe Human Interest Right-wing populism Social Issues AFP Wed, 25 Sep 2013 04:20:52 +0000 Agence France-Presse 5943747 at http://www.globalpost.com