Hannes Richter

From the Editor

Austrian Federal President Thomas Klestil died on July 6, 2004. We wish to thank everybody for their letters and messages of condolences which we have passed on to his family in Vienna. Dr. Klestil spent eighteen years of his diplomatic career in the United States and will be remembered as a builder of bridges in difficult times. In the words of US Secretary of State Colin Powell, “HE WAS A GREAT STATESMAN AND SERVANT OF HIS PEOPLE, AS WELL AS A SERVANT OF ALL HUMANKIND. HE WILL BE MISSED.”
Hannes Richter
Hannes Richter

A Tribute to Former Austrian Federal President Thomas Klestil (1932 - 2004)

The sudden death of Austrian Federal President Thomas Klestil on July 6, 2004 struck the Austrian people as well as his international colleagues and friends with unexpected intensity. Dr. Klestil, who was to have terminated his second, six-year term in office as President on July 8, died before having enjoyed the resonance of appreciation from the Austrian people. This has weighed heavily on many of Austria's citizens. Voices worldwide have expressed their grief over the loss of a statesman with extraordinary capabilities as mediator. German Federal Chancellor Schroeder, in his expression of condolence, emphasized that not only his country but also all of Europe has lost a "builder of bridges." This is a perception confirmed at all levels of society. Held especially high in esteem was Dr. Klestil's role as an advocate and combatant for European unity and his special commitment made toward the integration of Eastern European states into the European Union.
Hannes Richter
Hannes Richter

TRANSATLANTIC RELATIONS

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.

Hannes Richter
Hannes Richter

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.

Hannes Richter
Hannes Richter

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.

Hannes Richter
Hannes Richter

The Truth About Austrian Wine

The consumption of wine per capita in the U.S. is around 7.5 litres (1.98 U.S. gallons) per year, far below the average per person of Italy, France and Luxembourg. According to the Austrian Trade Commission in New York, sales of Austrian wine in the U.S. rose to 3.2 million euro ($3.87 million) last year.
Hannes Richter
Hannes Richter

Central Park Project

"The Ramble is at present the very soul of the Park...Ignaz A. Pilat, a gentleman to whom the public is indebted for the fine effects in the arrangement of plants and the classification of colors which attract visitors of taste to Central Park."Saturday Evening Post , 1866.

Hannes Richter
Hannes Richter

Underwater Pioneer Hans Hass

Hans Hass, the Viennese pioneer of diving and marine biology celebrated on January 1, 2004 his 85th birthday. Born January 23, 1919 in Vienna as the son of a lawyer, he first encountered the underwater world as an eighteen-year-old in July 1937 during holidays to the south of France. From that day forth, his life was sealed.
Hannes Richter