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February 4, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shrugging off intense foreign pressure, Austria's president said he will swear members of the far-right Freedom Party into national government today after its leader, Joerg Haider, signed a declaration accepting the country's responsibility for Nazi crimes during World War II.
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September 13, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The European Union lifted diplomatic sanctions against Austria without conditions Tuesday night, leaving the far-right Freedom Party firmly in government here and gloating. By backing down after seven months of bitter confrontation, the EU governments were left with little but embarrassment to show for their failed effort to isolate Austria, one of the union's 15 members.
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October 13, 1995 | From Times Wire Reports
Austria's governing coalition fell apart, paving the way for December elections that could bring to power a right-wing populist who campaigns heavily on anti-foreigner sentiment. After six days of late-night negotiations and mudslinging over the 1996 budget, the conservative People's Party of Vice Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel ended its partnership with the Social Democrats of Chancellor Franz Vranitzky.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 1, 2000 | MARK SWED, TIMES MUSIC CRITIC
For the last week of July and all of August, Mozart's picturesque birthplace at the foot of the Alps becomes a melting pot of socialites, musical pilgrims and tourists. The glittery and special 81-year-old Salzburg Festival calls itself the greatest music event in the world. And the world tends to agree. But ever since the right-wing Freedom Party was invited to join the Austrian coalition government last winter, the festival has feared trouble.
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February 1, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The European Union threatened Monday to cut high-level ties with Austria if the far-right Freedom Party gets a share of national power here, and party leader Joerg Haider struck back at what he called "political hotheadedness." Speaking on state-run television after the EU threat, Haider said he found it "problematic" that unnamed foreigners were trying to influence Austrian politics.
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February 5, 2000 | PAUL WATSON and JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
Only hours after six members of Joerg Haider's far-right Freedom Party joined Austria's federal government, the punishment began as the U.S. called home its ambassador, European governments imposed their own diplomatic sanctions, and private citizens protested and threatened boycotts.
NEWS
January 30, 2000 | By PAUL WATSON,
Defying growing alarm among European and other foreign governments, Austria's far-right Freedom Party moved closer Saturday to joining a coalition government that the party's leader pledged would cut immigration almost to zero. Joerg Haider, a charismatic politician who once praised Nazi Germany's "orderly employment policy," said on state radio that he has already won agreement with the conservative People's Party to tighten visa controls.
NEWS
October 13, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
The conservative junior partner in the coalition government, the Austrian People's Party, decided to become an opposition party, a move that may lead to instability and elections next year. In a failed effort to prevent the far-right Freedom Party of Joerg Haider from entering the government in a coalition, the Social Democrats had urged the People's Party to not join the opposition. Final results confirmed that the Freedom Party finished second.
NEWS
February 3, 2000 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Austrian President Thomas Klestil appeared set to give the far right a share of national power today, despite threatened diplomatic sanctions by the U.S., Israeli and European governments. As much as he might prefer to keep Joerg Haider's Freedom Party out of the Cabinet, he cannot ignore October's national election results, Klestil told an Austrian magazine.
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February 29, 2000 | From Reuters
Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider has unexpectedly resigned as leader of the Freedom Party, but friends and enemies saw the decision as a tactical move aimed at helping him to become chancellor in the future. The 50-year-old populist firebrand announced late Monday that he was handing over the party leadership to Susanne Riess-Passer, vice chancellor in a 3-week-old center-right coalition led by conservative Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel.
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July 8, 2000 | From Times Wire Reports
Austria's parliament unanimously approved a $415-million fund to compensate aging victims who were forced into hard labor by the Nazis during World War II. An estimated 150,000 people are thought to be alive today who worked as slave and forced laborers in Austria. Under the law setting up the fund, one-time payments will range up to about $7,250 for slave laborers--those forced to work in concentration camps.
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May 12, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Against the backdrop of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp where Adolf Hitler jailed and executed foreign enemies, Czech President Vaclav Havel on Thursday urged the European Union to continue isolating Austria for the xenophobic rabble-rousing of its far right.
NEWS
February 29, 2000 | From Reuters
Austrian far-right leader Joerg Haider has unexpectedly resigned as leader of the Freedom Party, but friends and enemies saw the decision as a tactical move aimed at helping him to become chancellor in the future. The 50-year-old populist firebrand announced late Monday that he was handing over the party leadership to Susanne Riess-Passer, vice chancellor in a 3-week-old center-right coalition led by conservative Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel.
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February 25, 2000 | MICHAEL QUINTANILLA, TIMES FASHION WRITER
Designer Guglielmo Mariotto took politics center stage earlier this week at his show for the Gattinoni label when he put Sudanese-born model Clara Benjamin in a ball gown with "No" written in bold red letters over a picture of the Austrian far-right Freedom Party leader, Joerg Haider. The fashionistas applauded the "anti-Haider" protest as Benjamin paraded down the catwalk in the gown's floor-length skirt, which also showcased a swastika next to Haider's mug.
NEWS
February 25, 2000 | Mike Downey
It isn't always easy to conduct business as usual--or even pleasure as usual--if current events beyond your control hold any influence over the amount of time others may wish to spend with you. A dinner party tonight at Werner Brandstetter's residence in Los Angeles is to be simply that--a party, a convivial gathering of "Austrians in Hollywood." It is for actors, artists, creative people from all fields, bonding because of their shared Austrian heritage.
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February 13, 2000 | JOHN-THOR DAHLBURG, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Flaming torches in their hands and outrage in their hearts, the protesters from the far-right Vlaams Blok were on the move. Their government had plans to open a center for foreign asylum-seekers in their city--and weren't there far too many foreigners already? "Enough is enough! Antwerp is not a garbage can!" the march leader, Filip Dewinter, blared through a megaphone as 120 riot police backed by Belgian shepherd dogs blocked demonstrators from going any farther.
NEWS
May 12, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Against the backdrop of the Sachsenhausen concentration camp where Adolf Hitler jailed and executed foreign enemies, Czech President Vaclav Havel on Thursday urged the European Union to continue isolating Austria for the xenophobic rabble-rousing of its far right.
NEWS
February 9, 2000 | Associated Press
Protected by 600 police officers, Austria's parliament opened a special session Tuesday to debate its international isolation following the entry of Joerg Haider's far-right party into the government. A no-confidence vote over the new Cabinet headed by Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel--whose People's Party linked with Haider's Freedom Party--was possible but considered likely to fail. The Social Democrats, which have been in government for the last 30 years and are now in opposition, hold 65 seats.
NEWS
February 9, 2000 | Associated Press
Protected by 600 police officers, Austria's parliament opened a special session Tuesday to debate its international isolation following the entry of Joerg Haider's far-right party into the government. A no-confidence vote over the new Cabinet headed by Chancellor Wolfgang Schuessel--whose People's Party linked with Haider's Freedom Party--was possible but considered likely to fail. The Social Democrats, which have been in government for the last 30 years and are now in opposition, hold 65 seats.
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