THE HAGUE — Austrian President-elect Kurt Waldheim faced further political embarrassment Friday over a doctoral thesis that called for Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium and the Netherlands to be incorporated into Adolf Hitler's empire.
Luxembourg Foreign Minister Jacques Poos told journalists the thesis was written by Waldheim in Vienna in 1943 when he was 25. Poos said the thesis, calling for the four countries to be incorporated into the "Greater German Reich," had to be taken seriously. "You cannot say this was just a youthful sin," Poos said.
He said the government, which had been given the document by the Dutch ambassador in Vienna, who represents Luxembourg's diplomatic interests there, was examining it thoroughly.
Poos and Luxembourg Prime Minister Jacques Santer said they would consider what action the Grand Duchy should take over the document, but he ruled out a withdrawal of Luxembourg's diplomatic representation in Vienna.