The EU – U.S. Summit in Vienna
“When America and Europe work together, we can accomplish big deals. The world needs us to work together because there are a lot of challenges,” said President Bush at a joint press conference at the EU-U.S. Summit in Vienna, hosted by Austrian Chancellor Wolfgang Schüssel. “Even if we have different approaches on some issues, that should not overshadow the depth and the quality of our relations,” added Mr. Schüssel.
I would like to take this opportunity to bid farewell to all the readers of Austrian Information and to thank them for their interest in this publication. I am especially grateful to those who have contributed articles or provided regular comments and suggestions. I have learned a lot from the latter. They have influenced my way of thinking and, more importantly, the scope of this publication.
Austria Opens Florida Consulate
Austria Opens Florida Consulate: The Republic of Austria has recently opened an honorary consulate in Orlando to service the Central and North East Florida areas. “Florida is a fast-growing state with many Austrians retiring there,” explained Martin Kraemer, Consul General for the Austrian Embassy in Washington, D.C. “Orlando’s status as the world’s number one tourist destination and the fastest growing city in the States made it important for us to service the needs of Austrians traveling in the area, as well as Austrian companies looking to do business with local firms,” he added.
Parliamentary Elections in Austria
Guntram Weissenberger grew up under Fascism, survived the Communist era and made a difference in the U.S. Like many of his post-war generation, it was the lure of challenge, opportunity and ambition which brought the young man to America during the early years following World War II. His European roots were fostered by a sense of close community and determined his choice of direction: that of providing social justice through affordable housing to the working masses.
Frederic Morton had just returned from Budapest where a new musical, Rudolf, based on his book, A Nervous Splendor: Vienna 1888-1889, had received its world premiere at the Operetta Theater Budapest in May. The Vienna-born octogenarian author told me about his latest success over dinner at Elaine’s, Manhattan’s legendary literary restaurant.
Climate Change - A Threat to Humanity?
Global changes in climate and environment have become more important in our lives as we experience receding glaciers, melting polar ice caps and rising sea levels. Are these changes somehow related to the natural disasters of recent years? Were they the cause, or the consequence, of the enormous heat waves experienced in Europe and the United States or of the increase in the number and severity of hurricanes? How can we relate the traces of destruction left by, for example, El Niño and La Niña in South America, Australia, India, and Indonesia to these climatic changes?