A Tribute to Former Austrian Federal President Thomas Klestil (1932 - 2004)
Let me say that the 3 ½ years I spent in the U.S. were among the most interesting and wonderful in my life. And I am particularly grateful that I could be there especially during the crucial period between 2000 and 2004. While my predecessor might have had more stable and quieter times, I experienced many unforgettable moments during those years: I arrived in the middle of the period when sanctions were imposed on the Austrian government (to which the U.S. had a remarkable diplomatic and reasonable approach). Then there was the election of George W. Bush, followed by the day most people will never forget in their lives: 9/11. All of this was peppered with the anthrax scare, the fear of the D.C. sniper and Hurricane Isabel.
European Union Enlargement
After the European Union (EU) grew from originally six members in 1958 to fifteen members in 1995, it celebrated an historic enlargement on May 1, 2004 as ten countries from Central Europe and the Mediterranean became members. It is the largest expansion in terms of scale and diversity that has ever taken place and will become the world’s biggest single market. Its surface area increased by a quarter and its population by one fifth to 450 million people. Thirteen nations applied for membership. Ten of these countries, Cyprus, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, the Slovak Republic and Slovenia joined on May 1, 2004. A ceremony marked the achievement in Dublin, Ireland at the President’s residence.
Military Robot Saves Blood
Not that war is necessarily the answer to all conflicts - but many modern developments are ignited because of requests for military research. The Federal Armed Forces is too small to be a contractor; nevertheless, new and special techniques come into being because of such things.