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Liebe Leserinnen, liebe Leser! | Dear Readers,<br />

Wir alle leben in Zeiten mannigfaltiger<br />

Herausforderungen. In manchen Ländern<br />

können diese sogar „Lebensadern“<br />

wie den Tourismus als wichtige Einnahmequelle<br />

beinahe zum Versiegen bringen. Unsere Cover-<br />

Story ab Seite 28 widmet sich diesmal Ägypten, ein<br />

beliebtes Urlaubsland für Österreicher. Um das<br />

Vertrauen in die wunderbare Destination wieder<br />

herzustellen, präsentierte die ägyptische Regierung<br />

kürzlich einen Maßnahmenkatalog für die Sicherheit<br />

der Urlauber, für den ein Budget von 32 Millionen<br />

Dollar zur Erweiterung der Sicherheitsmaßnahmen<br />

bereit gestellt wurde.<br />

Bewegte Zeiten gab und gibt es auch in den Ländern<br />

des Westbalkans, zu lesen in der Geschichte<br />

unseres Autors Rainer Himmelfreundpointner ab<br />

S. 46 sowie im Essay von EU-Kommissar Johannes<br />

Hahn (S. 52). Auch Christoph Neumayer, Generalsekretär<br />

der Industriellenvereinigung, macht sich<br />

in diesen Tagen zum Thema Asylwerber, deren Status<br />

und Möglichkeiten für deren Eingliederung in<br />

den Arbeitsmarkt Gedanken, zu lesen im Interview<br />

ab Seite 68.<br />

Österreich pflegt mit dem Inselstaat Kuba in der<br />

Karibik bereits seit 70 Jahren diplomatische Beziehungen<br />

(S. 40). Diese finden wohl ihren Höhepunkt,<br />

wenn Heinz Fischer als erster österreichischer Bundespräsident<br />

überhaupt Anfang März dort auf<br />

Staatsbesuch weilt. Ab Herbst kann die Heimat von<br />

Zigarren und edlem Rum dann übrigens auch direkt<br />

mit Austrian Airlines angeflogen werden.<br />

Einmal auf Kreuzfahrt gehen gehört wohl zu<br />

den schönsten Dingen des Lebens. Mit der „Augusta<br />

Victoria“ begann 1891 die Ära der Kreuzfahrten.<br />

Auch 125 Jahre später hat diese exklusive Art zu<br />

reisen nichts von ihrer Faszination eingebüßt. Dabei<br />

kann man exotische Destinationen bei erfrischender<br />

Meeresbrise genießen (ab S. 112).<br />

Der Österreicher Bernd Wiesberger ist seit<br />

mehr als einem Jahr Dauergast im Rampenlicht der<br />

internationalen Golfszene. Umso erfreulicher für<br />

Golffans, dass der Top-Star während der Lyoness<br />

Open presented by Greenfinity eine Woche lang im<br />

Diamond Country Club im niederösterreichischen<br />

Atzenbrugg sein Können zeigen wird (ab S. 136).<br />

Wir wünschen Ihnen angenehme Lektüre!<br />

The times we live in are full of many different<br />

challenges. In some countries these challenges<br />

can even make “lifelines” such as tourism<br />

practically dry up as a major source of income.<br />

Our cover story on page 28 focuses on Egypt, a<br />

country popular with Austrian holidaymakers. The<br />

Egyptian government recently presented a list of<br />

measures to ensure the safety and security of tourists,<br />

aiming to rebuild people‘s confidence in this<br />

wonderful destination. A budget of 32 million USD<br />

has already been made available to increase security<br />

measures.<br />

The countries of the Western Balkans have also<br />

seen and are still in the midst of turbulent times.<br />

Read the story written by our author Rainer Himmelfreundpointner<br />

on page 46 as well as the essay<br />

by EU commissioner Johannes Hahn (page 52) on<br />

this subject. Christoph Neumayer, the general secretary<br />

of the Industriellenvereinigung, the Federation<br />

of Austrian Industries, has also been contemplating<br />

the subject of asylum seekers, their status and<br />

options on how to be integrated into the labour<br />

market. The interview can be read on page 68.<br />

Austria has maintained diplomatic relations<br />

with the Caribbean island state of Cuba for the last<br />

70 years (page 40). These will climax at the beginning<br />

of March when Heinz Fischer will be the first<br />

ever Austrian Federal President to make a state visit<br />

there. It will be one of his last official trips. Incidentally,<br />

Austrian Airlines will be flying directly to the<br />

home of cigars and fine rums as of this autumn.<br />

To go on a cruise is probably one of the best<br />

things in life. The era of cruise holidays started in<br />

1891 with the “Augusta Victoria”. This exclusive way<br />

of travelling has not lost its fascination, even 125<br />

years later. Travellers get to enjoy exotic destinations<br />

with a refreshing sea breeze (on page 112).<br />

The Austrian Bernd Wiesberger has regularly<br />

been in the spotlight of the international golf scene<br />

for more than a year. Golf fans will be even more<br />

pleased to hear that this star golfer will be showing<br />

off his skills during the Lyoness Open presented by<br />

Greenfinity at the Diamond Country Club in Atzenbrugg<br />

in Lower Austria for a whole week (on<br />

page 136).<br />

Happy reading!<br />

Herzlichst | Yours,<br />

Andrea Fürnweger<br />

Herausgeber | Editor<br />

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T: +43 1 60 176-228<br />

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Wiesenthal Troststraße<br />

Troststraße 109–111, 1104 Wien<br />

T: +43 1 60 176-254<br />

osman.ahmad@wiesenthal.at<br />

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Wiesenthal Donaustadt<br />

Donaustadtstraße 51, 1220 Wien<br />

T: +43 1 202 53 31-673<br />

adrian.cyrus@wiesenthal.at<br />

Mag. Alexander Bursky<br />

Herausgeber | Editor


<strong>CERCLE</strong> <strong>DIPLOMATIQUE</strong> –<br />

ECONOMIQUE et TOURISTIQUE<br />

Nr. 306<br />

Ausgabe | Issue <strong>01</strong>/2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

CONTENTS<br />

Coverstory<br />

EGYPT<br />

Seite | page 28<br />

Das antike Land entlang<br />

des Nils verbessert seine<br />

Sicherheitsmaßnahmen,<br />

um das Vertrauen der<br />

Touristen zu sichern.<br />

The ancient country along<br />

the Nile is improving its<br />

security measures to<br />

strenghten the confidence<br />

of its international visitors.<br />

8<br />

10<br />

28<br />

40<br />

46<br />

50<br />

52<br />

54<br />

58<br />

68<br />

72<br />

74<br />

LE BULLETIN<br />

Die neuen Botschafter | The new Ambassadors<br />

Antrittsbesuch bei Bundespräsident Fischer. Handing over accreditations to President Fischer.<br />

Offizielle Empfänge | Official Receptions<br />

Die großen Empfänge der vergangenen Monate. The great receptions of the past months.<br />

LE MONDE<br />

Coverstory Ägypten | Cover story Egypt<br />

Die unwiderstehliche Schönheit. The irresistible Beauty.<br />

Kuba | Cuba<br />

Das Land und seine Liberalisierung. Cuba is transfoming towards liberalisation.<br />

Westbalkan | Western Balkans<br />

Die Zukunft der Länder des Westbalkans. The future of the Western Balkans countries.<br />

Vienna Economic Forum<br />

Generalsekretärin Elena Kirtcheva im Interview. Secretary General Elena Kirtcheva in focus.<br />

Essay<br />

Weckruf für Europa. Wake-up Call for Europe.<br />

News<br />

Neuigkeiten aus der ganzen Welt. Latest update from all over the world.<br />

L‘AUTRICHE<br />

UNHCR<br />

Der endlose Kampf der Hilfsorganisation. The endless fight of UNHCR.<br />

Österreichische Industriellenvereinigung | Federation of Austrian Industries<br />

Generalsekretär Neumayer im Interview. Director General Neumayer in focus.<br />

Zukunftslabor | Future Lab<br />

Stefan Pierers Visionen für Österreich. Stefan Pierer‘s visions for Austria.<br />

Wirtschaftsnews | Business news<br />

Neues aus der Welt der Wirtschaft. News from the world of business.<br />

102<br />

108<br />

112<br />

118<br />

124<br />

126<br />

130<br />

132<br />

136<br />

142<br />

146<br />

158<br />

Uhren, Schmuck & Mode | Watches, Jewellery & Fashion<br />

Exklusive Neuheiten. Exclusive news.<br />

Lifestyle<br />

Die Trends für den kommenden Frühling. The trends for the spring season.<br />

Kreuzfahrten | Cruise Travels<br />

Die Kreuzfahrertrends 2<strong>01</strong>6. The cruising trends 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

Zeitgeschichte | Chronicle<br />

Kaiserjahre. The Emperor‘s reign.<br />

Kultur | Culture<br />

Die Osterfestspiele Salzburg 2<strong>01</strong>6. The Salzburg Easter Festival 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

Kunst | Arts<br />

Kulturelle Highlights in Wien und Umgebung. Cultural highlights in and around Vienna.<br />

Upcoming<br />

Wo es uns gefällt. Where we love to be.<br />

Reise | Travel<br />

Top-Hotels und -Restaurants aus aller Welt. Top hotels and restaurants around the world.<br />

Lyoness Open<br />

Wo sich die europäische Golfelite trifft. Where the European golf elite is meeting.<br />

Mein Wien | My Vienna<br />

Aserbaidschans Botschafter Galib Israfilov. Azerbaijan‘s Ambassador Galib Israfilov.<br />

LE RENDEZVOUS<br />

Veranstaltungen | Events<br />

Exklusive Veranstaltungen im Fokus. Exclusive events in focus.<br />

LE GUIDE<br />

Adressen | Addresses<br />

Nützliche Adressen für die internationale Gesellschaft.<br />

Useful addresses for the international community.<br />

78<br />

82<br />

84<br />

88<br />

90<br />

92<br />

94<br />

100<br />

SAVOIR VIVRE<br />

Kulinarik | Culinary delights<br />

Erhabene Genüsse mit Aussicht. Elevated enjoyment with a view.<br />

Connaisseur | Connoisseur<br />

Essen und trinken mit Stil. Wine and dine with style.<br />

Weekender<br />

Zu Besuch in Breslau. Visiting Wroclaw.<br />

Suite Dreams<br />

Die Fürstensuiten des Hotel Imperial. The Royal Suites in the Hotel Imperial.<br />

Hideaways<br />

Entspannung für Ihre kleine Frühlings-Auszeit. Relaxation for your spring timeout.<br />

Museum Visit<br />

Zu Besuch im Museum Gugging. Visiting Museum Gugging.<br />

Wohnen & Einrichten | Living Trends<br />

Die exklusivsten Neuheiten des Marktes. The most exclusive innovations of the market.<br />

Motor<br />

Neues für Straße und im Gelände. New for roads and off-road.<br />

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4<br />

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Editorial<br />

Inhalt | Contents<br />

Impressum | Imprint<br />

COVERPHOTO: FOTOLIA/ GIVAGA; PHOTO: FOTOLIA/ WITR


LE<br />

BULLETIN<br />

IN LE BULLETIN ERFAHREN<br />

SIE, WER DIE NEU<br />

AKKREDITIERTEN<br />

BOTSCHAFTER IN<br />

ÖSTERREICH SIND UND<br />

WELCHE OFFIZIELLEN<br />

EMPFÄNGE UND EVENTS IN<br />

DEN VERGANGENEN DREI<br />

MONATEN STATTGEFUN-<br />

DEN HABEN.<br />

LE BULLETIN TELLS YOU WHO<br />

THE NEWLY ACCREDITED<br />

AMBASSADORS TO AUSTRIA<br />

ARE AND WHICH OFFICIAL<br />

RECEPTIONS AND EVENTS<br />

TOOK PLACE IN THE PAST<br />

FEW MONTHS.


LE BULLETIN CREDENTIALS<br />

Neu akkredidierte Botschafter bei Bundespräsident Dr. Heinz Fischer<br />

Newly accredited Ambassadors met Federal President Dr. Heinz Fischer<br />

H. E.<br />

Armin<br />

Andereya Latorre<br />

Ambassador of the<br />

Republic of Chile<br />

Credentials: November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

H. E.<br />

Juan Antonio<br />

Fernandez Palacios<br />

Ambassador of the<br />

Republic of Cuba<br />

Credentials: November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

H. E.<br />

Auday Al Kheirallah<br />

Ambassador of the<br />

Republic of Iraq<br />

Credentials: January 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

H. E.<br />

Talya Lador-Fresher<br />

Ambassador of the<br />

Republic of Israel<br />

Credentials: November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Ambassador of the<br />

Republic of Peru<br />

H. E. H. E.<br />

Alfredo Raúl<br />

Chuquihuara Chil<br />

Priyanee Wijesekera<br />

Ambassador of the Democratic<br />

Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka<br />

Credentials: January 2<strong>01</strong>6 Credentials: January 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Born on February 2, 1955<br />

Married, 2 children<br />

Education<br />

Diplomatic Academy of Chile Andrés Bello, Bachelor of<br />

International Relations, Universidad de Santiago, Santiago de<br />

Chile, Diploma in International Business, Universidad Mayor,<br />

Santiago de Chile, Diploma in law, policies and institutions of<br />

the European Union, Universidad de los Andes, Santiago de<br />

Chile, Diploma in Security and Defence, Academia Nacional<br />

de Estudios Políticos Estratégicos (ANEPE) (National<br />

Academy of Political and Strategic Studies), Santiago de<br />

Chile, Master of International Relations (C), Universidad de<br />

Santiago, Chile<br />

Professional Career<br />

May 2<strong>01</strong>4-present: Permanent Representative of Chile to the<br />

International Organizations in Vienna<br />

2<strong>01</strong>3-2<strong>01</strong>4: Deputy Chief of Mission at the Embassy of Chile<br />

2<strong>01</strong>2: Directorate of International and Human Security<br />

2008-2<strong>01</strong>1: Directorate of Multilateral Policy<br />

2003-2007: Permanent Mission of Chile to the United<br />

Nations in New York<br />

20<strong>01</strong>-2002: Directorate of Human Resources<br />

1996-2000: Permanent Mission of Chile to the Organization<br />

for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in Den<br />

Hague, Holland<br />

1994-1995: Directorate of Europe (European Affairs)<br />

1990-1993: Embassy of Chile in Germany<br />

1989: Consul at the General Consulate of Chile in Munich,<br />

Federal Republic of Germany<br />

1987-1988: Directorate of Culture and Communications<br />

1983-1986: Consul at the General Consulate of Chile in<br />

Buenos Aires, Argentina<br />

1982: Embassy of Chile in Argentina<br />

Born on July 30, 1963<br />

Married, 2 children<br />

Education<br />

1987: Ph.D in International Political Relations at the Raúl<br />

Roa Higher Institute of International Studies, Havana, Cuba<br />

Professional Career<br />

2009-2<strong>01</strong>5: President of the Cuban National Comission of<br />

UNESCO and Cuban representative in the Executive Board<br />

of UNESCO<br />

2005-2009: Ambassador, Permanent Representative of<br />

Cuba to the United Nations Office at Geneve and others<br />

international organizations based in Switzerland<br />

20<strong>01</strong>-2005: Director, Multilateral Affairs Division of the<br />

Cuban Ministry for Foreign Affairs<br />

1997-2000: Deputy Director, Multilateral Affairs Division of<br />

the Cuban Ministry for Foreign Affairs<br />

1993-1996: Second Secretary at the Permanent Mission of<br />

Cuba to the United Nations in New York<br />

1987-1992: Desk officer at the Multilateral Affairs Division<br />

of the Cuban Ministry for Foreign Affairs<br />

Born on April 17, 1951<br />

Married, 5 children<br />

Education<br />

1972 Bachelor degree in Agricultural Engineering /<br />

University of Baghdad, Iraq.<br />

1978 Postgraduate Diploma in soil science from the<br />

University College of Wales, UK<br />

1994 An intensive course of Business Administration and<br />

Marketing for six month in the City of Ottawa, Canada<br />

1992 Certificate of Education Council in Ottawa for<br />

completing the course of heritage combined and current<br />

languages, Canada<br />

Professional Career<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5 until now: Ambassador of the Republic of Iraq in<br />

Vienna and permanent representative of Iraq to the United<br />

Nations (Vienna)<br />

2<strong>01</strong>0 – till 2<strong>01</strong>5: Ambassador Extraordinary and<br />

Plenipotentiary of the Rep. of Iraq to the Algerian People’s<br />

Democratic Republic<br />

2009-2<strong>01</strong>0: Ambassador in the Iraqi Ministry of Foreign<br />

Affairs, Baghdad, Iraq, following up different administrative<br />

and political affairs at the headquarters of the Iraqi<br />

Foreign Ministry<br />

2006-2009: General Director of Evaluation and<br />

Examinations Directorate, and Chairman of the Supreme<br />

Committee of Examinations, Ministry of Education, Iraq<br />

PHOTOS: CARINA KARLOVITS UND HARALD MINICH/HFB<br />

Born in 1962<br />

Married, 2 children<br />

Education<br />

1981-1983: Military Service Intelligence<br />

B.A degree in Business Administration and Political Science,<br />

Hebrew University, Jerusalem<br />

Professional Career<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>0: Chief of State Protocol and Head of the<br />

Protocol and Official Guests Bureau, Ministry of Foreign<br />

Affairs<br />

2006-2<strong>01</strong>0: Minister Plenipotentiary, Embassy of Israel in<br />

London<br />

2003-200: Director, European Department of the Economics<br />

Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br />

2000-2003: Advisor to the President on World Jewish<br />

Affairs, Office of the President of the State of Israel<br />

1997-2000: Deputy Director, World Jewish Affairs<br />

Department, Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br />

1993-1997: Consul for Information, Consulate General of<br />

Israel in New York<br />

1991-1993: Second Secretary, Embassy of Israel in Kingston,<br />

Jamaica<br />

1989-1991: Diplomatic Cadet, Ministry of Foreign Affairs<br />

Born on September 23, 1958<br />

Married, 2 children<br />

Education<br />

1993-1994: Master in Public Administration John F.<br />

Kennedy School of Government Harvard University<br />

1982-1984: Graduate in International Relations Diplomatic<br />

Academy of Peru<br />

1975-1980: Bachelor of Law Pontifical Cath. University of Peru<br />

Professional Career<br />

2<strong>01</strong>3-2<strong>01</strong>5:Director of Tourism Promotion of the Peruvian<br />

Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Chairman of the Peruvian<br />

Diplomatic Service Association (AFSDP).<br />

2<strong>01</strong>1-2<strong>01</strong>2: Deputy Permanent Representative of Peru to<br />

the United Nations, New York.<br />

2006-2<strong>01</strong>0: Deputy Consul General of Peru in Connecticut<br />

and Rhode Island<br />

2004-2006: Chief of Cabinet of the Peruvian Minister of<br />

Foreign Affairs: with Ambassador Manuel Rodríguez<br />

Cuadros and Ambassador Oscar Maúrtua de Romaña.<br />

2003-2004: President of the Commission on Population<br />

and Development of the United Nations, New York.<br />

Consultant of United Nations Fund for Population<br />

Activities – UNFPA, New York<br />

1997-2003: Minister Counselor and Counselor, Permanent<br />

Mission of Peru to the United Nations, Second and Third<br />

Secretary Committee Delegate.<br />

1994-1997: First Secretary, Head of Planning, Ministry of<br />

Foreign Affairs of Peru<br />

1988-1992: Second Secretary, Officer of the Political<br />

Department of the Embassy of Peru in Washington DC<br />

1985-1988: Third Secretary, Officer of the Under-secretariat<br />

for America, Political Department of Chile and Bolivia,<br />

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Peru<br />

Born on March 30, 1948<br />

Widowed<br />

Education<br />

Until 1969: LLB (Ceylon)<br />

Until 1986 in Public International Law (human Rights and<br />

The Law of the Sea), LLM (Colombo)<br />

Professional Career<br />

2002-2008: Secretary General of Parliament<br />

1994-2002: Deputy Secretary General of Parliament<br />

1992-1994: Asst. Secretary, General of Parliament<br />

1992: Research Officer, Parliament of Sri Lanka<br />

1985-1992: Secretary, Law Commission<br />

1984-1985: Asst. Secretary, Law Commission<br />

1974-1984: Legal Officer, Bribery Commissioner’s<br />

Department<br />

1972-1974: Research Assistant, Ministry of Justice<br />

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LE BULLETIN REVIEW<br />

Official receptions<br />

Find more<br />

photos online<br />

cercle-diplomatique.com<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Presentation of „Cercle Diplomatique“ 4/15 at Palais Hansen Kempinski<br />

Many Ambassadors, officials and company representatives gave the editors, Andrea Fürnweger and Alexander Bursky, the honour<br />

to welcome the winter <strong>issue</strong> with the cover story on Thailand and enjoyed delicious food and pleasant encounters.<br />

Together with General Manager Peter Knoll (l.), the editors were happy to present<br />

the winter <strong>issue</strong> at the magnificent hotel at the Ring. Mr. Danai Jarnpoj (in the<br />

diplomatic rang of Minister, middle) represented the Embassy of Thailand.<br />

PHOTOS: XYXXYXYXY<br />

PHOTOS: HARALD KLEMM<br />

All guests had the opportunity to<br />

enjoy a small tour in the hotel as well<br />

as the possibility to take a close look<br />

at the brandnew BMW 7 of<br />

CD-partner BMW Vienna.<br />

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LE BULLETIN REVIEW<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Angola<br />

On the occasion of National Day, H.E. Maria de Jesus Ferreira invited to the ballroom of the Grand Hotel.<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Belgium<br />

The King´s Day was commemorated with a reception at<br />

the Belgian residence.<br />

DONATI.AT<br />

EXPERTS FOR<br />

FLORISTRY AND GARDENING<br />

ATELIER<br />

SILBERGASSE 52 | 1190 WIEN<br />

H.E. Maria de Jesus<br />

Ferreira (left) with<br />

Andrea Fürnweger<br />

H.E. Willem and<br />

Kristin Van de<br />

Voorde (2nd r.;<br />

middle), Permanent<br />

Representative at<br />

the OSCE, Bruno<br />

Georges (2nd l.)<br />

with his wife and<br />

Alexander Bursky (r.)<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Latvia<br />

H.E. Edgars Skuja and H.E. Bahtijors Hasans invited to a National Day reception at the Diplomatic Academy.<br />

H.E. Edgars Skuja (top left) with his wife Sandra<br />

and with H.E. Bahtijors Hasans (left picture, at<br />

the right).<br />

PHOTOS: HARALD KLEMM<br />

COMBINING<br />

SIGNIFICANCE<br />

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Convincing by the<br />

first impression.<br />

Adding to business<br />

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ranging from<br />

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Presentations<br />

receptions • banquets<br />

conferences • meetings<br />

exhibition booths<br />

gala dinners<br />

company parties<br />

anniversaries<br />

shops<br />

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LE BULLETIN REVIEW<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Palestine<br />

The Albert Schweitzer House in Vienna was the location for the<br />

National Day reception of Palestine.<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Oman<br />

On the occasion of National Day,<br />

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November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Lebanon<br />

National Day was celebrated at the residence.<br />

December 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Romania<br />

H.E. Bogdan Mazuru and his wife Emilia invited to a National<br />

Day celebration to the elegant Börsensäle.<br />

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Honorary Consul of Cape<br />

Verde, Wolfgang Meixner<br />

H.E. Bogdan Mazuru<br />

with his wife Emilia (top<br />

photo left, 2nd left)<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Poland<br />

A new Honorary Consulate was opened in the city of Salzburg to<br />

intensify the relations between Poland and the province of Salzburg.<br />

Top: At the opening: Mayor Heinz Schaden, H.E.<br />

Ambassador Artur Lorkowski, Honorary Consul<br />

Michael Pallauf, Governor Wilfried Haslauer and<br />

Waldemar Dabrowsk, General Director National<br />

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LE BULLETIN REVIEW<br />

December 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

United Arab Emirates<br />

National Day was celebrated at the Palais Pallavicini.<br />

December 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Thailand<br />

The birthday of His Majesty King Bhumibol<br />

Adulyadej of Thailand was honoured at the Kursalon Vienna.<br />

Ambassador<br />

H.E. Abdelhadi<br />

Abdelwahid<br />

Alkhajah(left)<br />

and H.E. Hamad<br />

Al Kaabi,<br />

Permanent<br />

Representative at<br />

IAEA & CTBTO<br />

H.E. Arthayudh<br />

Srisamoot and his<br />

wife Kamoltip (left<br />

very top picture,<br />

left and 2nd left)<br />

celebrated with a<br />

concert, original<br />

Thai food and<br />

numerous guests.<br />

PHOTOS: HARALD KLEMM<br />

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LE BULLETIN REVIEW<br />

December 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Japan<br />

The birthday of His Majesty The Emperor was celebrated at the residence.<br />

December 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Bosnia & Herzegovina<br />

The Armed Forces Day was honoured with a<br />

reception at the Hotel De France.<br />

January 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Great Britain<br />

On the occasion of the New Year, a<br />

reception was held at the residence.<br />

From left: H.E. Makoto<br />

Taketoshi and his<br />

wife Hitomi with<br />

H.E. Mitsuru Kitano<br />

with his wife Yoshie.<br />

H.E. Tomislav<br />

Leko (middle),<br />

Col. Slobodan<br />

Tanasilovi ć<br />

(left) and<br />

H.E. Sanjin<br />

Halimovi ć .<br />

December 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Qatar<br />

On the occasion of National Day, the Ambassador of Qatar invited to the InterContinental Vienna.<br />

PHOTOS: HARALD KLEMM<br />

PHOTOS: HARALD KLEMM, BEIGESTELLT DURCH BOTSCHAFT KASACHSTAN<br />

December 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

Kazakhstan<br />

Independence Day was celebrated with a concert at the Konzerthaus and<br />

a gala reception at The Ritz-Carlton Vienna.<br />

Left, very top:<br />

H.E. Susan le Jeune<br />

d´Allegeershecque,<br />

Ambassador of<br />

Great Britain<br />

H.E. Ali Al-Mansouri<br />

(top middle picture,<br />

right)<br />

Top: H.E. Kairat Sarybay<br />

Very left: Under the motto<br />

„Kazakhstan meets Tyrol“, the<br />

Kazakh ensemble Saryzhaylau<br />

with artist Yedil Khussainov<br />

played with the Herbert Pixner<br />

Project from South Tyrol.<br />

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January 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

OSCE<br />

On occasion of the OSCE Chairmanship, Germany invited to an opening reception<br />

at the Austrian National Library.<br />

February 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Iran<br />

The Embassy of Iran was the magnificent location<br />

for the celebration of the National Day.<br />

Below: H.E.<br />

Ebadollah Molaei<br />

(very left)<br />

German Minister of Foreign Affairs Frank-Walter Steinmeier, OSCE<br />

Chairperson in 2<strong>01</strong>6, with Director General Johanna Rachinger,<br />

Director Austrian National Library.<br />

February 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Sri Lanka<br />

The new Ambassador of Sri Lanka, H.E. Priyanee Wijesekera, invited to a National Day reception at the Embassy.<br />

February 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Serbia<br />

National Day was celebrated at the Diplomatic Academy.<br />

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H.E. Pero Janković<br />

H.E. Priyanee<br />

Wijesekera with<br />

CD editor<br />

Alexander Bursky<br />

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LE MONDE EGYPT<br />

The ancient<br />

country along the<br />

Nile is drastically<br />

improving its<br />

security measures<br />

to strengthen the<br />

confidence of its<br />

10 million international<br />

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The Pyramids of Gizeh – even if<br />

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Egypt, no tourist should miss<br />

these famous monuments.<br />

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LE MONDE EGYPT<br />

The Sphinx, the<br />

Egyptian guardian of<br />

eternity.<br />

Egyptian chapati.<br />

FACTS &<br />

FIGURES<br />

White desert in the<br />

north of Farafra.<br />

The Egyptian Museum<br />

in Cairo.<br />

PHOTOS: GARDEL BERTRAND, EUROMONEY/THE EARL OF GUILFORD, CHICUREL ARNAUD, RIEGER BERTRAND<br />

Sometimes, when you fall in love, you do not<br />

know exactly why. So it happened to Anthony<br />

Sattin, a writer for the leading travel guide „Lonely<br />

Planet“. The harder he tried, the less he could<br />

find a final reason for his love of Egypt: ”Is it the way<br />

the glorious past casts long shadows over the present?<br />

Is it the way the lush Nile Valley gives way, from<br />

one footstep to another, to the harshness of the desert?<br />

Is it the light in the eye of the person telling me<br />

a story in a cafe, who has just burst into laughter?“<br />

As often, his resumé ends up in a sweet compromise,<br />

which is certainly shared by the 10 to 12 million<br />

tourists visiting Egypt each year – ”the intensity<br />

of light, the love of life, the sense of family and many,<br />

many more reasons“ are only some of the ingredients<br />

of the magical nectar Egypt is offering to the world.<br />

Among the others, as any of the nearly 150,000 Austrian<br />

tourists who took a trip to Egypt last year is also<br />

well aware of, one may choose from a vast variety of<br />

outstanding attractions.<br />

First of all there is this gentle touch of history turning<br />

every stone into a mirror of the ancient past of<br />

a country that already existed more than 3,150 years<br />

before the birth of Jesus Christ. Whether you visit<br />

the sand-covered tombs, the austere pyramids or the<br />

towering Pharaonic temples, walk through the Valley<br />

of the Kings in Luxor, where Tutankhamun’s<br />

tomb was unearthed, hop off a Nile boat at Dendara,<br />

Edfu or one of the other waterside temples, cross<br />

Lake Nasser to see Ramses II’s masterpiece at Abu<br />

Simbel, or trek into the desert to find the traces of<br />

Roman trading outposts – all of the places will bring<br />

out the explorer in you. And with a little luck, your<br />

donkey might stumble across yet another find, just<br />

like the way many previous discoveries were made.<br />

Then Egypt, which from Austria is only a threehours-flight<br />

away, treats you with unmatched possibilities<br />

of relaxation, leisure and sporting activities.<br />

There are those who prefer empty beaches with<br />

nothing but a candlelit cabin and a teeming coral reef<br />

offshore, waiting for them at the coast along the Red<br />

Sea with its rugged desert beauty above the waterline<br />

and a psychedelic vibrancy below.<br />

Others may head to a holiday paradise like Hurghada,<br />

Marsa Alam, El Gouna, Sharm el-Sheikh or<br />

Soma Bay to train their skills in kite- oder windsurfing,<br />

to improve their handicap in one of the 21 golfclubs<br />

there (with a new 18-hole-course, the Ancient<br />

Sands, opening soon in El Gouna), or to enjoy a dive<br />

into a most diverse and ecologically intact underwater<br />

world. ”We have some 300 diving centers in<br />

Egypt all over the Sinai Peninsula and at the Read<br />

Sea coast“, says Hans Heinz Dilthey, the Vice Chairman<br />

of the Chamber of Diving and Watersports in<br />

Cairo. „Plus up to 170 safari ships offering special<br />

diving trips which normally last for about one week.“<br />

And some may seek the solitude and irresistible<br />

beauty of Egypt‘s vast deserts, taking home an unforgettable<br />

memory of a sun rise between the gentle<br />

shapes of the White Desert, the lofty heights of Mt<br />

Sinai (Gebel Musa) or the shimmering horizon from<br />

the comfort of a hot spring in Siwa Oasis. Or they<br />

just book a cruise on one of the luxury Nile ships to<br />

engage in a personal dialogue with the remainings of<br />

the times of Ramses II., Echnaton and his beautiful<br />

wife Nofretete or the old kings of the mystic underworld,<br />

all along the holy river which for Egypt is the<br />

very source of life, fertility, food and energy.<br />

”Even though our history and culture in scientific<br />

terms is better explored than that of most other<br />

countries, Egypt has lost nothing of its fascination“,<br />

says Tamer Marzouk, the director of tourism in charge<br />

of incoming guests from Austria, Germany, Switzerland<br />

und Poland. But because of recent incidents<br />

– mainly a terrorist strike on a Russian charterplane<br />

last December with more than 200 persons killed,<br />

the threat from Jihadists of the Islamic State, and the<br />

criminal attack in a Hurghada hotel in January,<br />

which left two Austrian tourists injured – Egypt is<br />

confronted with a diminishing number of bookings.<br />

And authorities are getting kind of nervous, since the<br />

tourism industry provides jobs for some 5 million<br />

Egyptians and accounts for over 11 percent of the<br />

country‘s GDP. In reaction to this, at the end of February<br />

a brand new image campain ”Egypt – where all<br />

began“ – has been launched „to re-awake the confidence<br />

into Egypt as a whole-year holiday destination<br />

for families and all guests interested in culture or<br />

sports“, as Marzouk points out.<br />

”Egypt has also drastically tightened its security<br />

measures“, explains Khaled Shamaa, the country‘s<br />

Ambassador to Austria (see interview page 34). With<br />

the help of the international security company ”Control<br />

Risk“ airport controls and street checkpoints as<br />

well as military and police forces have been upgraded.<br />

”One of the main examples of how that has<br />

been done efficiently is the very quick response by<br />

the security forces at the latest incident in Hurghada“,<br />

Shamaa says, adding that this is only one of the<br />

problems modern Egypt is currently facing.<br />

EGYPT<br />

Official Name:<br />

Arab Republic of Egypt<br />

Region: As a transcontinental<br />

country, Egypt is spanning the<br />

Northeast corner of Africa and the<br />

Southwest corner of Asia via the<br />

land bridge of the Sinai Peninsula.<br />

It is bordered by the Gaza Strip<br />

and Israel to the Northeast, the<br />

Gulf of Aqaba to the East, the Red<br />

Sea to the East and South, Sudan<br />

to the South and Libya to the<br />

West.<br />

Area: 1,<strong>01</strong>0,407.87 km2<br />

Population: 90,4 million<br />

(2<strong>01</strong>6 estimate)<br />

Language: Arabic<br />

Religion: Muslim (90 %) Coptic<br />

Christian (9 %), other Christians<br />

(1 %).<br />

Capital: Cairo<br />

Currency: Egyptian Pound (EGP)<br />

GDP: GDP 324,27 billion $<br />

(2<strong>01</strong>5 estimate, nominal)<br />

GDP per capita: 3.724 $<br />

(2<strong>01</strong>5 estimate, nominal)<br />

Government: Unitary semipresidential<br />

republic.<br />

Establishment: c. 3150 BC<br />

The City Stars mall in Cairo.<br />

Cairo, the capital of Egypt,<br />

with the mighty Nile, seen<br />

from a high above perspective.<br />

Whether you are looking for an unforgettable<br />

dive, the solitude of the desert, the never ending<br />

pulse of Cairo or a certain touch of history – you<br />

will find that and more in Egypt – ”where all<br />

began“.<br />

Restaurant San Giovanni,<br />

Alexandria.<br />

Bibliotheca Alexandrina.<br />

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After five turbulent years – with the revolution of<br />

the Arab Spring in early 2<strong>01</strong>1, the violent removal of<br />

President Mohamed Morsi, leader of the Muslim<br />

Brotherhood, the following coup d‘etat and the election<br />

of Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, former head of the Egyptian<br />

Armed Forces, who was sworn into office as President<br />

of Egypt on 8 June 2<strong>01</strong>4 – the main <strong>issue</strong> is to<br />

stabilise the economy. Egypt‘s population of some 90<br />

million inhabitants is growing by about 2 million<br />

each year with a majority under the age of 35, the<br />

unemployment rate is close to 13 percent and almost<br />

40 percent of the younger are without jobs.<br />

To address these challenges of massive youth unemployment,<br />

plus high internal and external debt,<br />

low foreign exchange reserves, and a serious energy<br />

crisis, President Sisi relies on three main pillars of<br />

economic planning towards a path of sustained high<br />

growth and low unemployment. First: Reforming the<br />

generalised subsidy system and reducing the very<br />

high fiscal deficit. Second: Launching a number of<br />

megaprojects mainly related to energy and infrastructure<br />

to spur growth and create employment.<br />

And third: Generating foreign financing to fill an ongoing<br />

large external financing gap.<br />

According to an analysis by experts of the ”Atlantic<br />

Council“, an intelligence group, ”actions on these<br />

three fronts in late 2<strong>01</strong>4 and early 2<strong>01</strong>5 led to considerable<br />

optimism that a corner was being turned in<br />

Egypt’s economic fortunes, and that 2<strong>01</strong>5 would be a<br />

much better year.“ Indeed, growth in 2<strong>01</strong>5 rose to 4.2<br />

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percent, almost twice the rate of 2<strong>01</strong>4. The subsidy<br />

bill for the government fell sharply from 14.2 percent<br />

(of GDP) in 2<strong>01</strong>4 to 11,7 percent last year. And foreign<br />

direct investment, which is the best indicator of<br />

a country’s economic prospects, rose by 2 billion dollar<br />

in 2<strong>01</strong>5 above the 4.1 billion dollar figure in the<br />

previous year. However, this was a far cry from the<br />

peak of $13.2 billion inflows in 2008.<br />

But the main disappointment in 2<strong>01</strong>5 was the<br />

country’s external accounts deficit, which increased<br />

from 0.8 percent in 2<strong>01</strong>4 to 3.7 percent of GDP in<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5. Exports stagnated and workers remittances<br />

from overseas (in average some surprising 20 billion<br />

dollar a year) and tourism receipts, having fallen to<br />

only 6.1 billion dollar due to cancellations after the<br />

downing of the Russian airliner, did not sufficiently<br />

cover the trade account deficit of close to 28 billion<br />

dollar. All this forced Egypt to tap the international<br />

capital market by issuing Eurobonds worth 1.5 billion<br />

dollar in mid-2<strong>01</strong>5 and asking the World Bank for<br />

another 3 billion dollar loan. Nevertheless the Egyptian<br />

government for 2<strong>01</strong>6 is projecting growth of<br />

around 5 percent, while most other observers, including<br />

the World Bank and the International Monetary<br />

Fund, expect only a rate of 4 percent or less. ”There<br />

doesn’t seem to be any particularly persuasive<br />

evidence that 2<strong>01</strong>6 will be much better than 2<strong>01</strong>5“,<br />

the Atlantic Council concludes.<br />

So all hope is concentrated on the range of mega<br />

projects, presented at a big ”Egypt Economic Development<br />

Conference“ in 2<strong>01</strong>5 to attract major foreign<br />

direct investments. An official paper handed out<br />

there states: ”As Egypt develops and innovates its<br />

economy, it will only grow as a destination for international<br />

investment. Today investors increasingly<br />

view Egypt as a smart place to do business, not only<br />

putting down payment on their own future, but reflecting<br />

a strong confidence in a more prosperous<br />

and stable tomorrow for the Egyptian people.“<br />

However, in a sluggish world economy the desired<br />

sums to achieve this goal seem to be more than<br />

ambitious. In order to reach a 5 percent growth rate,<br />

the Egyptian government has calculated, overall investments<br />

of more that 53 billion dollar would be<br />

needed, of which the state can only provide some 15<br />

percent. Having this in mind, even President Sisi<br />

seems to have recognised that it will take a while to<br />

transform the economy, as he warned his people during<br />

a recent speech that “…maybe a generation or<br />

two will not reap the benefits of reform“.<br />

PHOTOS: CHICUREL ARNAUD, B.RIEGER, GARDEL BERTRAND<br />

PHOTOS: EUROMONEY/THE EARL OF GUILFORD, CHICUREL ARNAUD/HEMIS.FR<br />

The legacy of Alois Negrelli<br />

If there exists a household name from Austrian origin in Egypt – apart<br />

from Arnold Schwarzenegger and Niki Lauda – then it is the one of the<br />

Austrian engineer Alois Negrelli, who featured prominently in the<br />

planning of the Suez Canal in the 1860s. With his visit to the inauguration<br />

ceremony of ”Egypt‘s gift to the world“ on 17 November 1869, the<br />

Austrian Emporer Franz Joseph I. then layed the grounds for subsequently<br />

deepening economic ties between the two countries, with currently<br />

around 600 Austrian companies engaged in business activities with<br />

Egypt. ”Today Austria and Egypt enjoy excellent trade relations“, says<br />

Martin Woller, Commercial Counsellor for Egypt. ”Austrian contributions<br />

to Egyptian success stories are noteworthy to this day.“<br />

Hidden Champions. Especially Austrian technology and know-how are<br />

widely used in Egypt and can be found in many projects. However, these<br />

vital components packed “inside” machineries or projects are often<br />

delivered by ”Hidden Champions“ and therefore not known to the public.<br />

Currently, Austrian experts are helping with the ”New Suez Canal“<br />

project, by providing engineering services for the tunnels crossing the<br />

Suez Canal. Important Austrian involvement and cooperation in Egyptian<br />

projects include hydropower installations on the Nile, formwork and<br />

facade solutions for the Egyptian Grand Museum, water treatment and<br />

desalination plants to ensure drinking water supply for Egypt or even<br />

four sided professional squash courts for one of Egypt’s favourite sports.<br />

”Of course some of the famous brands are also well known to all<br />

Egyptians“, Woller reports. ”Think only of jewellery or consumer goods<br />

such as fruit juices, energy drinks, sweets and dairy products.“<br />

Stable exports. Egyptian-Austrian trade is growing steadily. Austrian<br />

purchases from Egypt increased during 2<strong>01</strong>4 by 12 percent to over EUR<br />

92 million. Austrian exports to Egypt remained stable 2<strong>01</strong>4 at around<br />

200 million Euros with significant increases in 2<strong>01</strong>5, reaching an all-time<br />

high some 230 million Euros.<br />

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LE MONDE EGYPT | INTERVIEW<br />

H.E. Khaled Abdel-Rahman Shamaa<br />

“Egypt is moving into a stable and progressive phase.“<br />

H.E. Khaled Shamaa, the Ambassador of the Arab Republic of Egypt to Austria, outlines the path of his<br />

country towards more economic growth and the range of new security measures already implemented.<br />

Interview: Rainer Himmelfreundpointner<br />

KHALED ABDEL-RAHMAN SHAMAA<br />

PHOTO: RALPH MANFREDA<br />

Anyone having the privilege of<br />

visiting the Egyptian Embassy in<br />

Vienna‘s 19th district, immediately<br />

feels the joys of some gentle breath of<br />

history, as if the spirits of ancient pharaos<br />

would still be around in what is one of the<br />

most beautiful Embassy buildings of the<br />

city. When Khaled Shamaa, the Ambassador<br />

of the Arab Republic of Egypt to<br />

Austria, sat down with „Cercle Diplomatique“<br />

for an exclusive interview in early<br />

February 2<strong>01</strong>6, he therefore first embarked<br />

on the deep historic ties between Egypt<br />

and Austria. The first major cultural and<br />

technological exchange took place in the<br />

middle of the 19th century, when the<br />

Austrian engineer Alois Negrelli took part<br />

in the plannings of the Suez Canal, which<br />

were inaugurated on 17 November1869,<br />

with a high level celebration which<br />

Austrian Emporer Franz Joseph I. payed<br />

his visit. ”That was more or less the first<br />

high level visit of state“, Khaled reports.<br />

After World War II, many Egyptians<br />

started to study at Austrian Universities<br />

which led to the formation of a large<br />

Egyptian community in Austria, up to<br />

nearly 150,000 Austrian tourists visiting<br />

Egypt last year, and strong economic<br />

relations. In the light of the recent political<br />

developments in Egypt, this aspect is<br />

gaining more and more importance, the<br />

Ambassador points out in the interview.<br />

In his opening statement he starts with a<br />

roundup of Egypt‘s current political<br />

constitution.<br />

CD: Your Excellency, can you please share with us<br />

your view about the state of Egypt and its<br />

political framework five years after the revolution,<br />

also known as the ”Arab Spring“?<br />

KHALED SHAMAA: These last few years<br />

were quite turbulent, during which Egypt<br />

has witnessed two revolutions in 2<strong>01</strong>1 and<br />

in 2<strong>01</strong>3. But we are now moving on, not<br />

only into a stable but also into a progressive<br />

phase.<br />

For the first time we have a constitution<br />

that has been elaborated extensively by leading<br />

Egyptian figures from all works of life,<br />

which has been approved by a national referendum<br />

and that was lately followed by<br />

Parliamentary elections.<br />

The new Parliament has historically the<br />

highest representation of women, Copts,<br />

and intellectuals. Therefore, it could be<br />

considered a true representative of the people<br />

of Egypt.<br />

So things are moving in the right direction.<br />

But that does not mean that there are<br />

no challenges ahead.<br />

Thanks to its high birth rate, Egypt is growing by<br />

some two million people each year. Can the<br />

economy provide enough jobs for your expanding<br />

population?<br />

The economy is one of our main challenges.<br />

We need more jobs, education,<br />

healthcare and housing. To address this <strong>issue</strong>,<br />

Egypt has launched several development<br />

projects – some are mega-projects,<br />

many others are platforms for small and<br />

medium enterprises – in agricultural, energy,<br />

infrastructure and housing among<br />

others.<br />

Several Austrian companies have participated<br />

or are planning to participate in<br />

such projects, including in renewable energy<br />

and water management systems, with<br />

several Memorandums of Understanding<br />

for cooperation already concluded, including<br />

the leading Austrian company Kapsch.<br />

Funding for such investment projects<br />

has been secured through cooperation<br />

with many partners including the Gulf states,<br />

China, India, Germany, UK and many<br />

partners, and also from private investments.<br />

As a matter of fact one of the major investment<br />

projects that was completed recently,<br />

namely the expansion of the Suez<br />

Canal, was totally funded by Egyptians.<br />

And as for the economic activities with the<br />

European Union, which is Egypt‘s main trade<br />

partner, counting for more than 30 percent of<br />

trade volume? How would you judge the<br />

developments in this regard?<br />

There are already a lot of big investments,<br />

mainly in the energy sector, which<br />

is among the fastest growing sectors in<br />

Egypt. There are substantial investments in<br />

the exploration and development of oil<br />

fields from the Italian giant ENI, following<br />

a major discovery of gas fields in the Mediterranean.<br />

From Siemens we have a deal to<br />

construct twelve power stations.<br />

All of these will also provide value addition<br />

in terms of training and education,<br />

which further contribute to the economy at<br />

large.<br />

Can you give us some examples of Austrian<br />

companies active in Egypt, since our trade volume<br />

of some 300 million Euros seems to have catched<br />

up lately?<br />

Well, apart from Kapsch, Frequentis,<br />

Fabasoft, Vamed, Siemens Austria and<br />

many other Austrian Companies that are<br />

or have been doing business and investment<br />

in Egypt, we have had an increased<br />

exchange of business delegations between<br />

the two countries. We had a visit by a delegation<br />

from the Egyptian Federation of Industries<br />

in February of last year, and just<br />

recently a business delegation organised by<br />

the Austrian Chamber of Commerce has<br />

just completed a visit to Egypt.<br />

In all our business and technical cooperation<br />

with Austria, we emphasise also the<br />

value addition to our transactions, namely<br />

the necessary technology transfer, but also<br />

The Egyptian Ambassador Extraordinary and<br />

Plenipotentiary to Austria and Permanent Representative<br />

to the International Organisations in Vienna<br />

(since 2<strong>01</strong>1), holds a Master of International Affairs<br />

from George Washington University.<br />

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LE MONDE EGYPT | INTERVIEW<br />

LE MONDE EXPERT´S VIEW<br />

Ambassador Khaled Shamaa and<br />

”Cercle Diplomatique“ author<br />

Rainer Himmelfreundpointner.<br />

Martin Woller<br />

Head of Advantage Austria in Cairo and Commercial Counsellor for Egypt, Libya and Sudan<br />

“Egypt‘s security measures have been enhanced drastically.“<br />

the vocational training and human resources<br />

development. In the coming period we<br />

are seeking to enhance our cooperation<br />

with the various vocational training institutes<br />

in Austria.<br />

Egypt is one of the major tourist destinations for<br />

Austrians as well. But more and more people are<br />

getting anxious about the security situation there.<br />

How is Egypt facing this problem?<br />

If you are talking about the recent incident<br />

in Hurghada at the Red Sea, let me<br />

point out that it was not a terrorist attack<br />

but a criminal one. It was a fight, no gunfire,<br />

between two persons with another individual<br />

in the restaurant of a hotel. Unfortunately<br />

two Austrians have been hurt, but<br />

they decided to continue their trip.<br />

We are now getting into a more stable<br />

period. What we have done quite extensively<br />

is to look into any possible gaps in security<br />

measures that have already been implemented.<br />

One of the main examples of<br />

how that has been done efficiently is the<br />

very quick response by the security forces<br />

at the latest incident in Hurghada. That in<br />

itself gives you an indication of the type of<br />

readiness which is now in place.<br />

Airport security measures have been<br />

also enhanced through various measures,<br />

not only in Sharm el Sheikh but in Cairo,<br />

and in Hurghada and many other airports<br />

in Egypt.<br />

Tourism accounts for more than 10 percent of<br />

Egypt‘s GDP and...<br />

...has been impacted by the security <strong>issue</strong>.<br />

That is why we are working so hard on<br />

this matter. We do want the tourists to be<br />

coming to Egypt, at the same time we want<br />

them to feel safe. That is why for instance in<br />

places like Sharm el Sheikh and Hurghada<br />

all safety and security measures had been<br />

taken to ensure that.<br />

So it is not only about the tourists coming<br />

to Egypt, it is about them having a<br />

good time there. For example, most of the<br />

Austrians coming to Egypt are return-tourists.<br />

They know the place very well, they<br />

know what they want. They go to the same<br />

hotel back again and again. Sometimes<br />

they even know the room they want to stay<br />

in. Egypt has become a second home for<br />

them, or a holiday home. This is what we<br />

encourage and welcome very much.<br />

How is Egypt reacting to the threat of the Islamic<br />

State, which claimed responsibility of bombing a<br />

Russian tourist plane last year with more than<br />

200 victims?<br />

With regard to this tragedy, we are in<br />

contact with the Russian authorities. In<br />

terms of combating terrorism, first of all<br />

there are all the security measures previously<br />

mentioned. Then we have to prevent<br />

the flow of supplies to terrorist groups<br />

(such as ISIS or „Daesh“ and other groups).<br />

And finally we have to confront them and<br />

their ideologies, which have nothing to do<br />

with religion by the way.<br />

So we joined the coalition against Daesh<br />

in Iraq and Syria, and we have been working<br />

against the presence of terrorist<br />

groups in Libya. We also are successfully<br />

combating terrorism in Egypt. One very<br />

important thing is: The moment you start<br />

giving in to the wins of the terrorists, and<br />

to appease them, life would cease. And that<br />

would be the biggest victory for them.<br />

Recent events have proven that terrorism<br />

is not an exclusive threat to the Middle<br />

East. Europe as well as the rest of the<br />

world are within its reach now.<br />

Therefore we should stand all together<br />

against terrorism. And life should carry on<br />

as usual; people will still go to their jobs,<br />

children to schools. That would be, in my<br />

opinion, the most effective tool to confront<br />

and to defeat terrorism.<br />

FOTOS: PHOTOS: XYXXYXYXY<br />

RALPH MANFREDA<br />

PHOTO: FRANK HELMRICH<br />

Egypt, with 90 million people the most populated country in the Middle East, has<br />

all the potentials to master its economic challenges. But it will be no smoot sailing.<br />

We live in challenging and exciting times in<br />

Egypt. Politically the last few years have<br />

seen multiple major shifts and only recently<br />

the situation has moved towards stabilisation<br />

with the election of President Abdelfatah El Sisi as<br />

well as a new Parliament. A volatile security situation<br />

that is often hyped in the media, generating a strong<br />

presence in the media for all the wrong reasons.<br />

Egypt, with 90 million people the most populated<br />

country in the Middle East, has recorded a huge population<br />

growth in 2<strong>01</strong>5 of about 2-3 million people<br />

within that year. Approximately 69 percent of Egyptians<br />

are under 35 years of age, leading to big demographic<br />

challenges and a large demand in the areas of<br />

education, jobs and infrastructure.<br />

However, a strong economic performance is expected<br />

to offset these challenges. As such under the<br />

leadership of President Abdelfatah El Sisi many initiatives<br />

have been (re)ignited in order to increase the<br />

GDP growth rates from meagre 2.2 percent per annum<br />

in 2<strong>01</strong>4 to at least 5 percent in the short and<br />

above 6 percent in the medium term. The estimated<br />

growth rate for 2<strong>01</strong>5 at around 4 percent falls short of<br />

expectations as a drop in tourism revenues and foreign<br />

investments (especially) towards the end of the<br />

year was recorded.<br />

Tourism revenues, foreign investments paired<br />

with remittances and the revenues from the Suez Canal<br />

are the main sources of hard currency for Egypt.<br />

The lower than expected numbers in these sectors,<br />

including a massive trade deficit has decreased foreign<br />

reserves and put pressure on the Egyptian<br />

pound. By refusing to devaluate the pound the Presidency,<br />

the Government and the Central Bank are<br />

trying to limit (predominantly low quality) imports,<br />

upgrade the industry, increase export earnings and<br />

cut spending.<br />

There will most probably be no smooth sailing in<br />

overall economic terms in the near future as the yet<br />

to be solved security situation and the re-starting of<br />

the economy will involve a large effort and take time.<br />

However, Egypt has all the pre-conditions and potential<br />

to have a strong and dynamic economy: A<br />

young dynamic population, a historical outstanding<br />

geographical location, linking regions and continents<br />

and a diversified economic basis to build on.<br />

On this foundation, new and resumed mega projects<br />

(the new Suez Canal Industrial Zone, the Million<br />

Feddan Agricultural Project, the building of the<br />

new Administrative Capital, the Golden Triangle<br />

and the Northwest Coast Development Project)<br />

should kick-start the Egyptian economy and lead to<br />

the envisioned growth rates and political and social<br />

stabilisation.<br />

Not to be forgotten is the role of the military in<br />

the economy. Traditionally, the military is tightly interwoven<br />

with almost all Egyptian institutions and<br />

industries (e.g. all kinds of infrastructure activities,<br />

bottling of water, production of and according to<br />

some estimates is responsible for up to 40 percent of<br />

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LE MONDE OFID<br />

PROMOTION<br />

Tree of Hope is on display in OFIDs headquarters at Palais<br />

Deutschmeister. The image is the result of a collaboration the<br />

Child of Play Initiative with 350 children at the Zaatari refugee<br />

camp in Jordan. The initiative promotes integration of youth<br />

through artistic and cultural initiatives. In partnership, OFID has<br />

launched the “Equal Dreams” campaign to highlight the current<br />

refugee crisis from a child’s perspective, with the aim of<br />

promoting the equality of all children’s dreams.<br />

Celebrating 40 years –<br />

OFID dedicates its<br />

anniversary to refugees<br />

OFID, an Austrian-based Development Finance Institution<br />

dedicates its 40th anniversary to the plight of refugees. In particular,<br />

the organization will escalate support within its host country<br />

through further engagement with local partners and NGOs.<br />

This year the OPEC Fund for International Development<br />

(OFID) commemorates four decades<br />

of dedicated efforts toward poverty eradication.<br />

In 1976, OFID was established by OPEC<br />

Member States in a spirit of South-South solidarity<br />

to serve as a collective channel of aid to fellow—but<br />

less fortunate—developing nations.<br />

Now in its fortieth year, OFID looks back at its<br />

dynamic transformation from a temporary financial<br />

facility to a driver of the global development agenda.<br />

Worldwide, over 1.2 billion people continue to<br />

live without an adequate energy supply. OFID was<br />

one of the first to recognize the importance of energy<br />

as a crucial link for achieving sustainable development.<br />

The institution has been at the forefront of efforts<br />

to eradicate energy poverty, both at an advocacy<br />

and an operational level.<br />

It was in 2007, during the third OPEC Summit in<br />

Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, that heads of OPEC Member<br />

States called on their aid institutions to tackle the <strong>issue</strong><br />

of energy poverty. The subsequent Riyadh Declaration<br />

propelled into motion OFID’s Energy for the<br />

Poor Initiative (EPI). Member States underlined<br />

their commitment to the initiative with a US$1bn<br />

revolving fund announced in 2<strong>01</strong>2 at the Rio+20<br />

Summit.<br />

Last year marked a particularly important milestone<br />

for OFID. Following years of hard-fought advocacy,<br />

it was able to witness the inclusion of energy<br />

PHOTOS: OFID/ABDULLAH ALIPOUR JEDDI<br />

poverty eradication in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable<br />

Development. After being overlooked in the Millennium<br />

Development Goals, energy was included<br />

in the new Agenda as a standalone goal—Sustainable<br />

Development Goal 7—devoted to ensuring affordable,<br />

accessible, reliable, and sustainable modern energy<br />

as a reality for all.<br />

OFID’s relationship with its host country Austria<br />

has matured over the years. Vienna, with its wealth<br />

of like-minded international organizations, has served<br />

as an inspiring backdrop for the execution of<br />

OFID’s mandate. Platforms such as the Vienna Energy<br />

Club and the Vienna Energy Forum have helped<br />

drive OFID’s EPI. Moreover, Austria has become a<br />

vital development partner for the institution, which<br />

has established longstanding partnerships with the<br />

Austrian Development Agency, as well as numerous<br />

Austrian NGOs including Hilfswerk Austria and<br />

SOS Kindersdorf—recipient of OFID’s Annual<br />

Award in 2007.<br />

The year of refugees<br />

As OFID celebrates forty years in the city it calls<br />

home, it has dedicated this important milestone to<br />

the countless numbers of refugees forced to leave<br />

their own homes. This dedication is intended as a<br />

mark of solidarity between the organization and the<br />

millions of people in vital need of aid and support.<br />

It is important as a development institution to react<br />

to pressing global needs. “OFID has chosen to<br />

dedicate this important anniversary to the plight of<br />

refugees in order to raise awareness of a global humanitarian<br />

crisis which is a responsibility for us all to<br />

end,” stated Suleiman J Al-Herbish, Director-General<br />

of OFID.<br />

OFID’s response to the refugee crisis has been dynamic.<br />

As well as offering assistance in the form of<br />

financial aid, OFID is launching a volunteer engagement<br />

program, which will enable staff members to<br />

take on a more personal role in the crisis.<br />

Vienna has opened its arms and welcomed hundreds<br />

fleeing conflict. In dedicating its anniversary to<br />

the “Year of Refugees,” OFID is also extending its solidarity<br />

to Austria to help ease the burden the country<br />

faces.<br />

Last year—at the height of the crisis in Europe,<br />

OFID supported the Vienna-based NGO International<br />

Humanitarian Relief (IHR). Since 2<strong>01</strong>1, IHR has<br />

supported affected Syrian populations, by providing<br />

shelter and protection to orphaned children, as well as<br />

essential supplies and food aid to displaced families.<br />

OFID’s program of engagement will include advocacy<br />

as well as concrete support at the local level.<br />

One of the first activities of the program was the establishment<br />

of a communication center offering internet<br />

services for refugees torn apart from their families.<br />

OFID has donated laptops to the local NGO<br />

Wieder Wohnen, which is supporting asylum-seeking<br />

families with primary care.<br />

One of the major challenges refugees face is that<br />

of communication and integration in the host country.<br />

Therefore, OFID will be supporting refugees to<br />

overcome language barriers through translation services.<br />

Moreover, OFID will continue to encourage<br />

integration and raise funds through creativity.<br />

In May, OFID will host a charity art exhibition at<br />

its headquarters—the historic Palais Deutschmeister—in<br />

coordination with the Austrian Red Cross.<br />

The funds raised will focus on the integration of refugees,<br />

particularly children, and include support in<br />

improving German language skills and strengthening<br />

the school performance of the children in a<br />

multicultural environment.<br />

Since its inception, OFID has supported refugees<br />

through its grants facility. OFID has had longstanding<br />

cooperation with NGOs that provide assistance<br />

including UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian<br />

Refugees in the Near East, and the United Nations<br />

High Commissioner for Refugees.<br />

ABOUT OFID<br />

The OPEC Fund for International<br />

Development (OFID) is the<br />

development finance institution<br />

established by the Member States of<br />

OPEC in 1976 as a collective channel<br />

of aid to the developing countries.<br />

OFID works in cooperation with<br />

developing country partners and the<br />

international donor community to<br />

stimulate economic growth and<br />

alleviate poverty in all disadvantaged<br />

regions of the world. It does this by<br />

providing financing to build essential<br />

infrastructure that meets basic<br />

needs—such as food, energy, clean<br />

water and sanitation, healthcare and<br />

education—and working to promote<br />

productivity, competitiveness and<br />

trade. OFID employs 195 staff<br />

representing 32 different nationalities,<br />

of which 51 percent are women.<br />

The OPEC Fund for International<br />

Development (OFID)<br />

Parkring 8<br />

A-1<strong>01</strong>0 Vienna<br />

Phone: +43-1-51564<br />

Fax: +43-1-513 92 38<br />

www.ofid.org<br />

info@ofid.org<br />

OFID Director-General<br />

Suleiman J. Al-Herbish<br />

38 Cercle Diplomatique 1/2<strong>01</strong>6


LE MONDE CUBA<br />

A young Tiger just bursting its Chains<br />

A monument for<br />

Cuba‘s revolutionary<br />

heroes.<br />

FACTS &<br />

FIGURES<br />

As Cuba is step by step – ”sin prisa, sin pausa“ – transforming towards<br />

liberalisation, the international business community is trying to rush in.<br />

Text: Rainer Himmelfreundpointner<br />

Havana as it is known.<br />

With its cars from the 1950s,<br />

driving the street along the<br />

Cuban Capitol in the center of<br />

Havana, the island has coined<br />

a picture of socialism,<br />

Caribbean style.<br />

PHOTOS: FOTOLIA (1), COURTESY OF THE EMBASSY OF THE REPUBLIC OF CUBA, RALPH MANFREDA (1)<br />

On the first three days of March 2<strong>01</strong>6, a highranking<br />

delegation from Austria, including<br />

Federal President Heinz Fischer and his<br />

wife Margit, Minister of Justice Wolfgang Brandstetter<br />

and more than dozen top politicians and decision<br />

makers, visited Cuba to celebrate the 70th anniversary<br />

of diplomatic relations between the two countries<br />

as well as to explore ways how to improve Cuban-<br />

Austrian-trade which today is nearly invisible. As<br />

they approached Cuba‘s capital Havana, which can<br />

be reached directly via Austrian Airlines later this<br />

year, some of them might have closed their eyes, digging<br />

up pictures of a Cuba where an indefatigable<br />

salsa energy amalgates into a long, slow, sweet seduction.<br />

Maybe they imagined waves crashing against a<br />

mildewed sea wall; a young couple cavorting in a<br />

dark, dilapidated alley, guitars and voices harmonising<br />

over a syncopated drum rhythm, sunlight slanting<br />

across rotten peeling paintwork, a handsome<br />

youth in a guayabera shirt leaning against a Lada, the<br />

smell of diesel fumes and cheap after-shave; tourists<br />

with Hemingway beards, Che Guevara on a billboard<br />

– in short: images of a Cuba that is too audacious,<br />

too contradictory to have been invented, and still<br />

damned beautiful.<br />

After having installed themselves in Havana,<br />

some of them may have taken a walk to its central<br />

Parque Fe del Valle, where they got a glimpse of a<br />

different Cuba. Of a country trying to embrace the<br />

first blessings of the 21st century after more than 50<br />

years of living under a severe US-blockade, that has<br />

just started to soften in summer 2<strong>01</strong>5, when Cuba<br />

and the US again opened bilateral Embassies. On the<br />

one hand, recent visitors report, there are the usual<br />

scenes of queues for the bakery and clapped-out<br />

1950s cars weaving between piles of rubble. But on<br />

the other hand, in this crowded, tree-lined square<br />

every bench, wall, dustbin oder plant pot is occupied<br />

with people hunched over laptops and gathered<br />

around smartphones, swiping at tablets and gesticulating<br />

at their screens. Sometimes three generations<br />

of one family are huddled around a phone, the children<br />

fighting over who gets to wear the headgear<br />

while the granny holds a baby up to the camera for a<br />

picture whats-apped to relatives in Miami.<br />

This new Wi-Fi-hotspot in Havana is only one<br />

phenomenon of the socialist state in transformation.<br />

Since US-Cuban diplomacy opened a new page in its<br />

Cuba<br />

Official name:<br />

Republic of Cuba<br />

Capital and largest city:<br />

Havana<br />

Official language: Spanish<br />

Ethnic groups:<br />

64.1 % White, 26.6 %<br />

Mulatto or Mestizo<br />

9.3 % Black<br />

Religion: 59 % Christian,<br />

23 % unaffiliated, 17 % folk<br />

religion (e.g. santeria)<br />

Government:<br />

Marxist–Leninist one-party<br />

republic<br />

- President: Raúl Castro<br />

- First Vice President:<br />

Miguel Díaz-Canel<br />

Independence:<br />

- from Spain:<br />

December 10, 1898<br />

- from the USA:<br />

May 20, 1902<br />

- Cuban revolution:<br />

July 26, 1953 –<br />

January 1, 1959<br />

- Current constitution:<br />

February 24, 1976<br />

Area<br />

- Total: 109,884 km 2<br />

Population<br />

- 2<strong>01</strong>4 census:<br />

11,238,317<br />

GDP<br />

- 89.5 billion $<br />

(2<strong>01</strong>5 nominal)<br />

GDP per capita<br />

- 7.990 $ (2<strong>01</strong>5 nominal)<br />

The Vinales Valley<br />

in the countryside<br />

of Cuba.<br />

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LE MONDE CUBA<br />

A Cuba out of a travel<br />

catalogue – beaches to<br />

dream of, clean rivers<br />

like the El-Nicho to<br />

jump in.<br />

FACTS &<br />

FIGURES<br />

Parque Central in<br />

Havana.<br />

Cathedral of<br />

Santiago de Cuba.<br />

Cuba & Austria<br />

History. 2<strong>01</strong>6 marks the 70 year anniversary of<br />

diplomatic relations between Cuba and Austria,<br />

having officially started on July 26, 1946.<br />

Nevertheless, historic ties date back as early as<br />

1803, when a certain Johann Nepomuk von Götz, a<br />

monk of the Jesuit order and a professor of<br />

Philosophy and Morals at the University of Vienna,<br />

visited Havana and laid a path for more Austrians to<br />

follow. In 1841, the famous Viennese dancer Fanny<br />

Elssler cheered the crowds at the theatre stages in<br />

Havana. Two times, in 1888 and 1892, the Austrian<br />

chess world champion Wilhelm Steinitz successfully<br />

defended his title in Havana chess clubs. And there<br />

goes the Cuban legend of three Austrians, known as<br />

Stewart Jamey, John Taks and Maximilian Jatscha,<br />

having fought bravely on Cuba‘s side in the war of<br />

independence from Spain in the 19th century. Vice<br />

versa some Cuban folks found their way to Austria<br />

as well. In 1894, the Cuban scientist Carlos J. Finlay<br />

attended a Vienna congress on hygienics and<br />

demography, where he presented his discovery of<br />

the cause for transmission of ”Yellow Fever“ (also<br />

known as ”American Plague“), which is a bite of an<br />

Aedes aegypti mosquito. Also, two well-known<br />

Cuban medical doctors, Arturo Aballi and Braulio<br />

Saenz, have started their scientific research in<br />

Vienna around 1900.<br />

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book of bilateral relations last year – with a big step<br />

towards normalisation through a brand new deal in<br />

February allowing 20 flights each day from the US to<br />

Havana – Cuba is moving more and more into the<br />

focus of international investors, dealmakers, tourism<br />

managers and real-estate sharks. ”Cuba for sale“, a<br />

recent ”Guardian“-story read. ”Havana is now the big<br />

cake – and everyone is trying to get a slice.“<br />

The economy of Cuba is already capitalising on<br />

this mounting hope of doing business with a people<br />

af some 11 million. Its GDP last year has been growing<br />

by more than 4 percent, up to some 89,5 billion<br />

dollars, and the same rate is predicted for 2<strong>01</strong>6. Foreign<br />

direct investments already had seen a growth<br />

rate of 7.2 percent in 2<strong>01</strong>4, which jumped up to 21.5<br />

in 2<strong>01</strong>5. And the island is experiencing an unmatched<br />

wave of more than 3 million international tourists<br />

(2<strong>01</strong>5). Says Friedrich Steinecker, the Austrian<br />

Commercial Counsellor for Cuba: ”Many of them<br />

want to see the country as it once has been.“<br />

One of the big <strong>issue</strong>s on the country‘s path to liberalisation<br />

is the speed of change. As Juan Antonio<br />

Fernández Palacios, the Ambassador of the Republic<br />

of Cuba to Austria, puts it: ”We have to improve our<br />

economy, but at the same time must keep the values<br />

of our society“ (see also interview page 44). Therefore<br />

the politics of President Raúl Castro are best summed<br />

up in his slogan „Sin prisa, sin pausa“ – without<br />

haste, without disruption. ”Cuba wants to make sure<br />

an economic transformation which is soft and does<br />

not lead to severe social upheaval“, says Steinecker.<br />

Since 2<strong>01</strong>1, Castro has introduced some 300 reform<br />

legislatures aiming to allow the private sector,<br />

which nevertheless remains under pretty harsh state<br />

control, more room for business activities. And in<br />

order to attract foreign investors is also waving with<br />

some surprising new tax incentives – such as a taxcut<br />

on joint-venture profits from 30 to 15 percent, a<br />

tax-free period of 8 years for certain new investments<br />

and the reduction of a range of maximum tax<br />

rates. In the meantime, the establishment of companies<br />

with total foreign ownership in some sectors of<br />

the economy became legal as well. Cuba wants to<br />

channel them into over 300 big industrial infrastruc-<br />

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ture projects, ranging from renewable energy to mining<br />

and construction, of which the Mariel Special<br />

Development Zone, a huge harbour area financed by<br />

Brasil, seems to be the most promising one.<br />

”This country is about to kick-start“, says Christoph<br />

Matzeneder, the Vice President of the Austrian<br />

Chamber of Commerce, who was already exploring<br />

business opportunities as head of a commercial delegation<br />

in early December 2<strong>01</strong>5. As of now, Austrian<br />

companies unfortunately have not taken much advantage<br />

of this new flow of economic energy. Exports<br />

account for a mere 12.6 million Euros and there are<br />

only two Austrian companies active in Cuba. One is<br />

the Viennese Salm Bräu, which already built three<br />

breweries on the island, the other is Trodat-Trodec,<br />

the maker of technologically advanced rubber<br />

stamps. But according to them, Matzeneder‘s perception<br />

seems to be accurate: ”Cuba is like a young<br />

tiger just bursting its chains.“ By the way: these have<br />

been nearly exactly the same words a certain Mick<br />

Jagger said when he inked a contract for the first concert<br />

of the Rolling Stones in Havana this March.<br />

Trade. According to the Austrian Chamber of<br />

Commerce trade relations between Cuba and<br />

Austria are somehow humble, consisting mainly of<br />

machinery, plastics and office supply. In 2<strong>01</strong>5,<br />

Austrian exports to Cuba hit a record of some 12.6<br />

million Euros, while imports from Cuba – most of<br />

them fruits, fruit juices, honey, rum and tobacco<br />

products – fell significantly last year from the 2<strong>01</strong>4<br />

figure of 3.8 million Euros.<br />

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LE MONDE CUBA | INTERVIEW<br />

H.E. Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios<br />

“Keeping the values of our society.“<br />

Interview: Rainer Himmelfreundpointner<br />

The Ambassador of the Republic of Cuba to Austria explains his country´s strategy to improve its<br />

economic development while at the same time preserving the achievements of the Cuban revolution.<br />

CD: Your Excellency, during your rather new<br />

Ambassadorship to Austria, what are your<br />

impressions of the country so far?<br />

Palacios: I actually began my duties in<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>5, after having presented my<br />

credentials to Federal President Heinz Fischer.<br />

I have only been once in Vienna before,<br />

nearly 25 years ago, during the World<br />

Conference on Human Rights in 1993, on<br />

which occasion I barely had time to sightsee<br />

the city. But now I have discovered a<br />

beautiful country with friendly, hardworking<br />

people. Vienna is where I have found<br />

also a lot of affection and love for Cuba.<br />

According to official figures total trade between<br />

the Cuba and Austria is nearly invisible, only some<br />

6.6 million Euros of Austrian exports to Cuba and<br />

some 3.8 million Euros of imports from Cuba.<br />

Where would you highlight the most promising<br />

areas to improve economic ties between Cuba and<br />

Austria?<br />

Our trade is really insignificant, Austrian<br />

businesses should be far more aggressive<br />

entering our market. There is a great<br />

potential for further increasing our bilateral<br />

trade and economic relations. Cuba has<br />

achieved a high development in the biotechnology<br />

industry and there is a wide<br />

export offer which includes Heberprot P<br />

for diabetic foot ulcer treatment. Agricultural<br />

and food industry production are also<br />

prioritised sectors along with tourism, as<br />

well as health, the development of energy<br />

sources, especially renewable energy, the<br />

exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons,<br />

mining resources and construction<br />

or improvement of industrial infrastructures.<br />

Cuba obtains more than 95 percent of<br />

electricity from fossil fuels and it is working<br />

to change the country’s energy matrix<br />

by taking advantage of renewable energy<br />

sources, using solar and wind as well as power<br />

from agro industrial waste such as sugar<br />

cane, forestry, and scrub (marabou)<br />

biomass, generation of water and biogas<br />

power. We know all the possibilities that we<br />

can find in Austria in this regard.<br />

Are there any additional significant future<br />

projects in the pipeline?<br />

We have a diverse portfolio of foreign<br />

investment possibilities, which contains<br />

326 projects in 12 sectors, the majority<br />

with pre-feasibility or feasibility studies<br />

completed. This certainly opens up the opportunity<br />

to develop trade and economic<br />

relation ties. Foreign investment in Cuba,<br />

as part of the updating of the Cuban economic<br />

model, is aimed at the diversification<br />

and expansion of export markets, the access<br />

to advanced technologies, the replacement<br />

of imports, the obtainment of foreign<br />

financing, the creation of new sources of<br />

employment, the attraction of new managerial<br />

methods and their connection with<br />

the development of productive chains, and<br />

the change of the country’s energy matrix<br />

with renewable sources of energy. There<br />

also exist a lot of opportunities in the Mariel<br />

Special Development Zone, a project directed<br />

to encourage the nation’s sustainable<br />

economic development by attracting foreign<br />

investment, technological innovation<br />

and industrial concentration while at the<br />

same time ensuring environmental protection.<br />

It covers an area of 465.4 square kilometers,<br />

45 km west of Havana. The Special<br />

Economic Development Zone of Mariel<br />

will be a touchstone for technological development<br />

in the region, a way to interest foreign<br />

capital and a place which will provide<br />

permanently connection to the Cuban economy<br />

for the growth of cutting-edge manufacturing<br />

and services.<br />

Are there any Austrian companies already<br />

investing in Cuba?<br />

Up to date, there is no Austrian investment<br />

in Cuba, but there is a great potential<br />

for increasing trade and economic relations<br />

and to promote foreign investment in<br />

Cuba. Tax incentives are not the only advantages<br />

for foreign investors to choose<br />

Cuba as a place to invest. With the approval<br />

of Law No. 118 and its complementary<br />

norms, a favorable business environment<br />

has been created in Cuba. And do not forget<br />

the international agreements signed by<br />

Cuba with the Latin American Integration<br />

Association, the Caribbean Community,<br />

the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of<br />

Our America, the Common Market of the<br />

South, the European Union and the World<br />

Trade Organisation, which all support a<br />

governmental policy that prioritises research<br />

and technological innovation.<br />

In regard to to the end of the US blockade against<br />

Cuba how would you outline the major prospects<br />

resulting out of this political change?<br />

Preserve the achievements made by the<br />

Cuban Revolution and advance in the construction<br />

of a socialist, prosperous, sustainable<br />

society where justice and social equity<br />

prevails. If I had three wishes for the<br />

future of my country, they would be the<br />

improvement of the economy, keeping<br />

peace and values of our society and remaining<br />

cheerful and enterprising to face all<br />

the difficulties from which no one escapes<br />

in this world.<br />

AD PERSONAM<br />

JUAN ANTONIO FERNÁNDEZ PALACIOS<br />

Born 1963 in Havanna, the Ambassador of the Republic<br />

of Cuba to Austria took his post in November 2<strong>01</strong>5. Prior<br />

to this he served as Cuba‘s representative to the UN<br />

Offices in Geneva and to the UNESCO.<br />

PHOTOS: RALPH MANFREDA<br />

NEU<br />

AB<br />

OKTOBER<br />

Havanna<br />

SALSA SENSATION<br />

myAustrian fliegt mich mit herzlichem Service nonstop ins karibische Kuba. Denn nichts<br />

lässt das Herz höher schlagen, als der Rhythmus kubanischer Lebensfreude.<br />

the charming way to fly<br />

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LE MONDE WESTERN BALKANS<br />

The Riddle of the Western Balkans<br />

According to common wisdom, the future of Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina,<br />

Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and Serbia lies in Europe. But the burdens of the<br />

refugee crisis put the seeds of doubt in more and more people in Western Balkans.<br />

Text: Rainer Himmelfreundpointner<br />

Official final picture of all members at the Western Balkans<br />

Conference in Vienna, end of August 2<strong>01</strong>5.<br />

Each time an educated discussion on a future<br />

enlargement of the European Union ends up<br />

at the the vision of integrating the Western<br />

Balkans, some folks of the cynical fraction of life<br />

start to mock around about the real big question of<br />

this region. Which in their view is: Are the times<br />

changing there or not? After having rhetorically<br />

asked so, one of them will immediately recall Otto<br />

von Bismarck, who in 1888 truly predicted: ”One day<br />

a great European War will come out of some damned<br />

foolish thing in the Balkans.“ And another one will<br />

quickly draw an analogy to a further Bismark statement<br />

– „The Balkans aren‘t worth the life of a single<br />

Pomeranian grenadier” – meaning that nothing has<br />

changed in the Western Balkans, its countries Albania,<br />

Bosnia & Herzegovina, Mecedonia, Montenegro,<br />

Kosovo and Serbia would not be worth a single<br />

EU cent and should stay on their own.<br />

So far to the most extreme, most critical approach<br />

in debating the geopolitical future of what mainly<br />

used to be the former Yugoslavia. A position far beyond<br />

mainstream EU politics, by the way, which in<br />

general is strongly in favour of paving the way for the<br />

Western Balkans towards membership, or at least a<br />

stronger integration into a common Europe. Maybe<br />

the most outspoken promoter of closing the gap between<br />

the EU and the Western Balkans is Austria‘s<br />

Minister for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs,<br />

Sebastian Kurz, who recently finished an extensive<br />

roundtrip throughout the region. ”Austria is deeply<br />

tied together with these states on a humanistic, economic,<br />

cultural and historic base“, says Kurz. „Therefore<br />

Austria remains a clear advocate for EU membership<br />

of all countries of the Western Balkans.“<br />

Basically this perspective is rooted in the first<br />

Western Balkans Summit 2003 in Porto Carras in<br />

Greece which promised an ”unconditional support<br />

for these states in their European orientation“. Nevertheless,<br />

for the next ten years the region was partly<br />

tied up in painful first time experiences of nation<br />

building, partly in unsolved bilateral conflicts going<br />

back to historic or nationalistic differences. Up until<br />

now Serbia and Kosovo haven‘t figured out their generations<br />

old hostility. Bosnia & Herzegovina still<br />

seem to be politically paralysed by internal fractionism.<br />

And Mazedonia‘s ambitions to join the EU<br />

have yet to overcome Greece‘s resistance because of<br />

its disputed name. So, all in all, Western Balkans remained<br />

at square one.<br />

But in 2<strong>01</strong>3, with the first Western Balkan Conference,<br />

chaired by EU Border Security Agency ”Frontex“,<br />

things began to move. It was the dawn of the<br />

European refugee crisis, immigration from the<br />

Middle East and Africa began to focus more and<br />

more on Greece, and as early as that experts warned<br />

that without any counter measures, masses of asylum<br />

seekers could soon be moving forward via the Western<br />

Balkans right into heartland Europe. 2<strong>01</strong>4 saw<br />

two conferences on the Western Balkans, one in June<br />

in Vienna, at which Albania gained EU candidate<br />

status, and one in August in Berlin, where former<br />

Commission President José Manuel Barroso pointed<br />

out that ”the future of the Balkans lies in Europe“<br />

and sweetened this outlook with a 12 billion Euros<br />

subsidy promise. A lot of big infrastructure projects<br />

– mainly transnational railroads, streets and powerplants<br />

– have thus been kickstarted, and politicians<br />

were eager to put wood behind the arrow in their<br />

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Bosnia &<br />

Herzegovina<br />

The country proclaimed independence<br />

on 6 April 1992 but nearly<br />

immediately became the battlefield<br />

of the Bosnian War, lasting until 1993<br />

with a still disputed number of war<br />

crime victims.<br />

Official name:<br />

Bosnia and Herzegovina<br />

Capital: Sarajevo<br />

Population: 3,871,643<br />

Government: Federal<br />

parliamentary republic<br />

Ethnic groups: 48.4% Bosniaks,<br />

32.7% Serbs, 14.6% Croats,<br />

4.3% other<br />

Area: 51,197 sq km<br />

GDP: 38.08 billion US-$ (PPP)<br />

GDP per capita: 9,800 US-$ (PPP)<br />

Official name: Montenegro<br />

Capital: Podgorica<br />

Population: 620.000<br />

Government: Parliamentary republic<br />

Ethnic groups: 45% Montenegrins, 28.7%<br />

Serbs, 8.6% Bosniaks,<br />

4.9% Albanians<br />

Area: 13,812 sq km<br />

GDP: 3.985 billion US-$ (PPP)<br />

GDP per capita: 6.373 US-$ (PPP)<br />

Serbia<br />

The largest of the Western Balkans states is an<br />

independent republic since 2006 when its union with<br />

Montenegro broke apart. Having left the years of the<br />

Yugoslav Wars in the 1990s behind, Serbia today is an<br />

upper-middle income economy with a dominant service<br />

sector, followed by industry and agriculture, an economically<br />

moderately free country and EU membership candidate.<br />

Official name: Republic of Serbia<br />

Capital: Belgrade<br />

Population: 7,041,599<br />

Government: Unitary parliamentary<br />

constitutional republic<br />

Ethnic groups: 83% Serbs, 3.5% Hungarians,<br />

2% Roma, 2% Bosniaks, 9% others<br />

Area: 88,361 sq km<br />

GDP: 99.899 billion US-$ (PPP)<br />

GDP per capita: 13,944 US-$ (PPP)<br />

Official name: Republic of Albania<br />

Capital: Tirana<br />

Population: 2,893,005<br />

Government: Unitary parliamentary constitutional republic<br />

Area: 28,748 sq km<br />

GDP: 32.259 billion US-$ (PPP)<br />

GDP per capita: 11,700 US-$ (PPP)<br />

Kosovo<br />

The former province of Serbia declared independence<br />

on 17 February 2008. Serbia refuses to recognise Kosovo<br />

as a state, although with the Brussels Agreement of 2<strong>01</strong>3<br />

it has accepted the legitimacy of Kosovo institutions.<br />

Kosovo also lacks diplomatic recognition from 85 United<br />

Nations member states, including five EU states, and is<br />

not a member of the UN.<br />

Official name: Republic of Kosovo<br />

Capital: Pristina<br />

Population: 1,859,203<br />

Government: Parliamentary republic<br />

Area: 10,908 sq km<br />

GDP: 17.780 billion US-$ (PPP)<br />

GDP per capita: 9,570 US-$ (PPP)<br />

Official name: Republic of Macedonia<br />

Capital: Skopje<br />

Population: 2,069,162<br />

Government: Parliamentary republic<br />

Ethnic groups: 64.2% Macedonians,<br />

25.2% Albanians, 3.9% Turks, 2.7% Romani,<br />

1.8% Serbs, 2.2% other<br />

Area: 25,713 sq km<br />

GDP: 22.147 billion US-$ (PPP)<br />

GDP per capita: 10,718 US-$ (PPP)<br />

,<br />

FACTS &<br />

FIGURES<br />

Western Balkans<br />

Terminus technicus: In December<br />

1998 the EU introduced the words<br />

Westerns Balkans into its terminology,<br />

identifying the remaining<br />

southeast European countries –<br />

Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina,<br />

Macedonia, Montenegro, Kosovo and<br />

Serbia – which after the joining of<br />

Bulgaria and Romania would be part<br />

of the next strategic step of EU<br />

enlargement.<br />

Geography: In case of experts in<br />

geomorphology talking about the<br />

Western Balkans, they deal with the<br />

Western part of the Balkan<br />

Mountains between Bulgaria and<br />

Serbia, with 95 percents of its hills on<br />

the side of Bulgaria.<br />

History: Apart from the facts that<br />

World War I started in Serbia and the<br />

states of former Yugoslavia engaged<br />

in a bloody war in the region between<br />

1991 and 20<strong>01</strong>, the notion of<br />

”balkanisation“ – meaning political<br />

instability and economic backwardness<br />

– is deeply rooted in Western<br />

perception. Especially in Austria, and<br />

more so in Vienna, where people<br />

think to know where the Balkans<br />

really start – at the Rennweg in<br />

Vienna‘s third district.<br />

Economy: The Western Balkans<br />

states still have a long way to go<br />

before reaching EU economic level.<br />

Incomes per capita amount for only<br />

27 percent of EU average. Trade<br />

relations of the regions are heavily<br />

dependent on the EU, accounting for<br />

75 percent.<br />

Montenegro<br />

Meaning ”Black Mountain“, the<br />

country was either ruled by local<br />

aristocray, Venice or the Ottoman<br />

Empire, until it became part of<br />

Yugoslavia in 1918. Independent<br />

since 3 June 2006.<br />

Albania<br />

The country first mentioned in 1190 became independent<br />

after the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and declared<br />

independence in 1912. After a period of kingdom, Italian<br />

and Nazi regimes, it returned to republic constitution with<br />

the last having been introduced in 1998. Albania enjoys the<br />

status of EU candidacy and is a member of the NATO.<br />

Macedonia<br />

The most southern successor state of former<br />

Yugoslavia declared independence on 8 September<br />

1991 and became a member of the United Nations in<br />

1993. But, as a result of an ongoing dispute with Greece<br />

over use of the name Macedonia, it was admitted under<br />

the provisional description of „the former Yugoslav<br />

Republic of Macedonia“.<br />

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LE MONDE WESTERN BALKANS<br />

THE LEADERS OF<br />

THE SIX COUNTRIES<br />

OF THE WESTERN<br />

BALKANS<br />

PETER FÜRNWEGER<br />

The Investigator –<br />

The Bodyguard<br />

Bosnia and<br />

Herzegovina<br />

Denis Zvizdić: Born in<br />

June 1964 in Sarajevo,<br />

the Bosniak was a<br />

Professor of<br />

Architecture at the<br />

University of his<br />

hometown before he<br />

has been appointed to<br />

Chairman of the Council<br />

of Ministers of Bosnia<br />

and Herzegovina in<br />

March 2<strong>01</strong>5. Between<br />

2<strong>01</strong>0 and 2<strong>01</strong>4 he<br />

served as a Member of<br />

the Parliament, leaving<br />

no particular public<br />

impact. But last year in<br />

a vote in the House of<br />

Representatives of<br />

Bosnia and Herzegovina<br />

determining the new<br />

Chairman of the Council<br />

of Ministers of Bosnia<br />

and Herzegovina,<br />

Zvizdić won with a<br />

surprising but clear<br />

majority. Now he<br />

promises to improve<br />

actions towards EU<br />

accession.<br />

Serbia<br />

Aleksandar Vučić: Only<br />

46 years of age, the<br />

Prime Minister of<br />

Serbia, who gained<br />

office in April 2<strong>01</strong>4, has<br />

a personal record which<br />

is closely followed by<br />

the EU. In 1993 Vučić<br />

joined the ”Serbian<br />

Radical Party“ (SRS),<br />

climbing up the ladder<br />

fast with many public<br />

appearances. According<br />

to Wikipedia, one of<br />

them was his statement<br />

made in the Serbian<br />

National Assembly on<br />

20 July 1995, in which<br />

he stated: ”If you kill<br />

one Serb, we will kill<br />

100 Muslims.“ This<br />

happened shortly after<br />

the Srebrenica<br />

massacre by Serb<br />

forces. Nevertheless<br />

Vučić has been central<br />

to negotiations on<br />

Serbia’s bid for EU<br />

accession and urged the<br />

Kosovo Serbs to “leave<br />

the past and think<br />

about the future”.<br />

Kosovo<br />

Isa Mustafa: The Prime<br />

Minister of the Republic<br />

of Kosovo, 64, and<br />

former Mayor of<br />

Prishtina from<br />

December 2007 to<br />

December 2<strong>01</strong>3, claims<br />

that his government<br />

will be focused on the<br />

economic development<br />

of the country, which is<br />

still one of the poorest<br />

in Europe. In October<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5 Mustafa was able<br />

to reach a Stabilisation<br />

and Association<br />

Agreement with the EU<br />

which is the first key<br />

step for non-EU<br />

countries on the long<br />

road towards<br />

membership in the 28<br />

nations bloc. While in<br />

Kosovo the accord is<br />

seen as a ”truly historic<br />

moment“, Serbia, which<br />

is still not recognising<br />

its former province as<br />

an independent state,<br />

the importance of the<br />

agreement has been<br />

strongly played down.<br />

Montenegro Albania Macedonia<br />

Milo Đukanović: Age:<br />

54, the former close<br />

ally, later an opponent<br />

of Slobodan Milošević<br />

had already previously<br />

served as Prime<br />

Minister of Montenegro<br />

from 1991 to 1998, then<br />

as President of<br />

Montenegro from 1998<br />

to 2002, and as Prime<br />

Minister again from<br />

2003 to 2006 and from<br />

2008 to 2<strong>01</strong>0. He<br />

gained the post for a<br />

fourth time in 2<strong>01</strong>2.<br />

Under his leadership<br />

Montenegro gained<br />

independence from<br />

Serbia in 2006.<br />

Although a Marxist in<br />

his youth, Đukanović<br />

was reported to be „the<br />

kind of politician who<br />

has a picture of<br />

Margaret Thatcher<br />

above his desk“.<br />

Despite facing heavy<br />

protests from the<br />

”Democratic Front“, he<br />

seeks NATO membership<br />

and backed the EU<br />

sanctions against<br />

Russia over the Ukraine<br />

– two trump cards on<br />

the way to the EU.<br />

Edi Rama: The artist,<br />

writer and former<br />

member of Albania´s<br />

national basketball<br />

team was born 1964 in<br />

Tirana and maybe is the<br />

most colourful<br />

politician of the<br />

Western Balkans. He<br />

was appointed Prime<br />

Minister of Albania in<br />

2<strong>01</strong>3, having formerly<br />

served as Minister of<br />

Culture, Youth, and<br />

Sports from 1998 to<br />

2000 and as Mayor of<br />

Tirana from 2000 to<br />

2<strong>01</strong>1. In December<br />

2004, Rama was<br />

named the World<br />

Mayor 2004 and one<br />

year later he was<br />

chosen by Time<br />

magazine to be one of<br />

the 2005 European<br />

Heroes, a tribute given<br />

by the magazine to 37<br />

people who are<br />

changing the world for<br />

the better.<br />

Nikola Gruevski (until<br />

18 January 2<strong>01</strong>6): The<br />

longtime Prime Minister<br />

of Macedonia was<br />

forced to step down<br />

recently under a<br />

Western-brokered deal,<br />

the so called ”Pržino<br />

Agreement“. Gruevski,<br />

56, was replaced by<br />

conservative politician<br />

Emil Dimitriev, a<br />

sociologist, who wil<br />

serve as interim Prime<br />

Minister. The Pržino<br />

Agreement under the<br />

mediation of the<br />

European Union ended<br />

the Macedonian<br />

political and<br />

institutional crisis in the<br />

first half of 2<strong>01</strong>5.<br />

It foresees: the<br />

participation of the<br />

opposition party SDSM;<br />

the resignation of<br />

Gruevski, general<br />

elections in April 2<strong>01</strong>6,<br />

as well as a special<br />

prosecutor to lead the<br />

investigations about<br />

the eventual crimes<br />

highlighted by the<br />

wiretapping allegedly<br />

involving the former<br />

government.<br />

PHOTOS: DRAGAN TATIC, DAVID PLAS, EDI RAMA 2<strong>01</strong>4 - U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE, NIKOLA GRUEVSKI,<br />

ALEKSANDAR VUCIC, BEIGESTELLT. GRAFIK: FRANZ DEIX<br />

The „Tirana Talks“, a Western Balkans Summit held by the<br />

Vienna Economic Forum, offers business contacts.<br />

quest for such bilateral cooperation at the Vienna<br />

Summit in August 2<strong>01</strong>5. But the last Western Balkans<br />

Conference was overshadowd by the escalating<br />

refugee crisis with hundreds of thousands people<br />

from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan or elsewhere trying to<br />

cut their route through the Balkan transit countries<br />

to Austria, Germany and Sweden. The conference<br />

result in a nutshell: Western Balkans states promised<br />

not to block each other on their way to the EU, more<br />

to come at the Paris Conference 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

It seems to be the sad truth, that somehow a spanner<br />

has been thrown in the works of this promising<br />

process of the Western Balkans coming closer to Europe.<br />

On the one hand economic growth in the Western<br />

Balkans – which does 75 percent of its trade<br />

with the EU, but only counts for 1.1 percent of the<br />

overall EU trade – is less than zero. Its GDP crawls at<br />

the level of 1989, income per capita is a mere 27 percent<br />

of EU average and many of the young and educated<br />

are leaving these countries. This is certainly not<br />

the soil on which modern democracies blossom.<br />

On the other hand, a growing part of the local population<br />

is beginning to doubt the benefits of EU<br />

membership such as state transformation, control of<br />

power and human rights protection. ”The EU is not<br />

perceived as a peaceful and thriving island anymore“,<br />

says Katarina Tadić, a human rights activist based in<br />

Belgrade. ”Thus, it is losing its attractiveness in the<br />

Western Balkans. Being in a permanent crisis for years,<br />

it seems that the situation with refugees in particular<br />

unraveled the fragility of values promoted for<br />

years as intrinsically European.“<br />

In other words: If the EU fails to get its act together,<br />

the gap to the Western Balkans could widen again.<br />

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LE MONDE VIENNA ECONOMIC FORUM<br />

Elena Kirtcheva<br />

“The EU should integrate the Western Balkans as soon as possible.“<br />

Interview: Rainer Himmelfreundpointner<br />

DR. ELENA KIRTCHEVA<br />

As Secretary General of the<br />

Vienna Economic Forum,<br />

Dr. Elena Kirtcheva is maybe<br />

the most ambitious promoter of<br />

economic development in the<br />

Balkans. The regions should be<br />

part of the EU, she insists.<br />

CD: Ms Kirtcheva, you established Vienna<br />

Economic Forum (VEF) in 2004 to draw attention<br />

to the many possibilities throughout the Balkans.<br />

How exactly?<br />

Kirtcheva: The VEF pursues three main<br />

objectives which should all lead to greater<br />

prosperity in the region. Firstly, to promote<br />

and encourage investment opportunities in<br />

the region. Secondly, to provide the impetus<br />

and to point out the need of joint projects<br />

in the region for short, medium and<br />

long-term achievement and facilitate their<br />

implementation. Thirdly, to provide a space<br />

for encounter and realisation of public and<br />

private interests in connection with various<br />

projects in the region as part of a united<br />

Europe. After all, we now have fourteen<br />

VEF member countries, none of which<br />

were part of the EU in 2004. Meanwhile,<br />

Bulgaria, Romania, Croatia and Slovenia<br />

are in the EU.<br />

How do you aim to deliver on these objectives?<br />

The Vienna Economic Forum takes<br />

place every year in November, at the Palais<br />

Niederösterreich in Vienna. At the ”12th<br />

Vienna Economic Forum – Vienna Dialogue<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5“ 64 per cent were international<br />

participants. Throughout the year, we hold<br />

our Vienna Economic Talks both in member<br />

countries as well as in Vienna. Immediately<br />

after Croatia‘s accession to the EU, for<br />

example, the Vienna Economic Talks<br />

”Meet Croatia in Vienna“ took place at the<br />

Novomatic Forum. It is also worth mentioning<br />

that the ”Vienna Economic Talks Chisinau<br />

Meeting 2<strong>01</strong>4“, especially due to the<br />

PHOTOS: RALPH MANFREDA<br />

fact that the European Commission‘s conference<br />

”Moldova – EU International Investors<br />

Conference“ was held the following<br />

day and during which the results of the Vienna<br />

Economic Talks were reported. We<br />

provide a second platform with the Vienna<br />

Economic Talks dedicated to individual<br />

countries or topics in order to create more<br />

and better opportunities for investors.<br />

The Western Balkans are notably still affected by<br />

previous military conflicts. How does this impede<br />

the economic development of the region?<br />

In the past, the Balkan region was the<br />

scene of several wars, and in accordance<br />

with their mentality, people are also much<br />

more emotional than in Western Europe.<br />

But we have to look forward and the development<br />

of regional economy makes this<br />

possible. Via the economic initiative, we<br />

try to contribute to a more rational approach<br />

and that the countries get along as<br />

neighbours. Good neighbourly relations<br />

are better than hostility. And I see a lot of<br />

progress in this regard.<br />

For example?<br />

The six countries of the Western Balkans<br />

– Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina,<br />

Kosovo, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia<br />

– have become the focus of the European<br />

Union and it is an important progress<br />

that the Prime Ministers of these countries<br />

got together – first during the first Western<br />

Balkans Conference in August 2<strong>01</strong>4 in Berlin<br />

and then during the second Western<br />

Balkans Conference in August 2<strong>01</strong>5 in Vienna.<br />

The next Western Balkans Conference<br />

is coming up in August 2<strong>01</strong>6 in Paris.<br />

In order to support the common European<br />

goal, we organised the ”Vienna Economic<br />

Forum – Tirana Talks 2<strong>01</strong>5“ together with<br />

the Albanian government and brought all<br />

six Prime Ministers together in a capital of<br />

the region for the first time. This happened<br />

during a time when relations between Serbia<br />

and Albania or between Macedonia<br />

and Albania were tense. Not to mention<br />

the tensions between Serbia and Kosovo or<br />

Bosnia and Herzegovina. This is not com-<br />

monplace, and the ”Vienna Economic Forum<br />

– Tirana Talks 2<strong>01</strong>5“ was mentioned<br />

as a historic event by all regional media.<br />

The Serbian Prime Minister Aleksandar<br />

Vucic brought the atmosphere to the point:<br />

„Let us, as Germany and France once did,<br />

all look forward together“.<br />

How can this new common ground manifest in the<br />

Western Balkans?<br />

Best through the joint overarching infrastructure<br />

projects, which were referred to<br />

as a priority in the second Western Balkans<br />

Conference in Vienna. An example:<br />

Sofia and Skopje are the only capitals in<br />

the region that have no continuous rail<br />

link. In 1866, the Sultan signed a decree<br />

on the expansion of railroads in the Ottoman<br />

Empire, which the territories of present-day<br />

Bulgaria and Macedonia were<br />

part of. Owing to the many following wars<br />

– first between former empires, then the<br />

Balkan Wars, then the 1st and 2nd World<br />

War, by the block division of Europe into<br />

East and West – there is no complete rail<br />

link to date. The relatively short railway<br />

line from the Macedonian side to the Bulgarian<br />

border (around Deve Bair) should<br />

now, as part of the European Corridor 8,<br />

be built. This is just one of many examples<br />

how development of the region could be<br />

advanced.<br />

How can this new common ground manifest in the<br />

Western Balkans?<br />

I believe that the EU should support this<br />

economic development strongly and promote<br />

the integration of the Western Balkans<br />

as European countries as soon as<br />

possible. The region is part of Europe and<br />

deserves to be considered as such. The<br />

fact that the region earned interest is also<br />

reflected in the activities of various countries<br />

from other regions of the world. China<br />

is very active in the region and shows<br />

strategic thinking and rapid reaction with<br />

the ”16 plus 1“ initiative. When we see the<br />

Western Balkans from this geopolitical<br />

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LE MONDE ESSAY<br />

Wake-up Call for Europe<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5 was a year of multiple, deep crises: the Greek financial crisis, the refugee crisis<br />

and finally, a crisis of confidence concerning our capacity to secure and defend our<br />

open societies and the fundamental values upon which the EU is based.<br />

Dr. Johannes Hahn<br />

Since November 2<strong>01</strong>4 the<br />

Austrian politician is<br />

Commissioner for<br />

European Neighbourhood<br />

Policy & Enlargement<br />

Negotiations. He previously<br />

served as European<br />

Commissioner for Regional<br />

Policy in the second<br />

Barroso Commission,<br />

succeeding Benita<br />

Ferrero-Waldner as<br />

Austria‘s EU representative.<br />

To say that borders have a different meaning in<br />

a globalised world has become a bit of a calendar<br />

motto over the last years. But 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

showed us very forcefully that boundaries risk completely<br />

losing their function as unmovable demarcations<br />

of sovereignty under the pressure of global migration<br />

flows.<br />

This challenge goes straight to the heart of what<br />

our states – and our European Union – are all about.<br />

Our citizens rightly demand that their freedom and<br />

safety, which goes hand in hand, are protected.<br />

Hence, the main and most immediate question is<br />

how we can reinforce our external borders more intelligently.<br />

The European Commission proposed concrete<br />

action for stronger and sounder EU border-management<br />

last year. Not just to tackle external challenges,<br />

but also to protect the freedom of movement within<br />

the EU, a huge privilege which we must not take for<br />

granted. Schengen is not a treaty, but a way of life<br />

from which we all benefit. It is mentioned by citizens<br />

as the EU‘s most highly valued benefit according to<br />

Eurobarometer surveys. The aim must be clear<br />

therefore: to regain full control of our external borders<br />

and to guarantee this also for the future.<br />

Tackling the root causes: Cooperation in our neighbourhood.<br />

To manage our external borders better, we also<br />

have to be more precise and clearer in defining who<br />

is coming in, so that we can really help the most vulnerable<br />

refugees. We must define right from the beginning<br />

people‘s chances to obtain asylum via registration<br />

centres (hotspots), and be open to those in<br />

need while being firm against those who profit from<br />

illegal immigration by exploiting hopes. Obviously<br />

we must do this together, in a coherent way. It is clear<br />

that no Member State alone can tackle this task, and<br />

that dumping the problem from one state to the<br />

other, as happened this summer, is making things<br />

worse. But even Europe alone cannot tackle this<br />

challenge by itself. We need much stronger cooperation<br />

with our neighbouring countries and with the<br />

countries of origin, where we must tackle the root<br />

causes driving migration.<br />

Therefore also the involvement of the Western<br />

Balkan countries which were heavily affected by the<br />

refugee crisis as transit countries, as well as of Turkey<br />

was a key step into the right direction. Also our efforts<br />

to support other host countries than Turkey<br />

with additional aid, such as Jordan and Lebanon, remain<br />

crucial as they are in many ways even more<br />

exposed. Ahead of the London conference in February<br />

which will deal with support for host countries in<br />

our Southern Neighbourhood, the Commission will<br />

come forward with targeted support measures. Experience<br />

has shown that this policy of establishing<br />

productive co operations is more relevant than ever.<br />

Of course, this kind of cooperation is not a oneway<br />

street. It must be based on mutual interests, trust<br />

and shared responsibilities. And be focused on a genuine<br />

reform and stabilization agenda. Close monitoring<br />

of progress, personal contacts not only with<br />

politicians, but stakeholders and representatives of<br />

civil society and, most important, visits to the countries<br />

– more than 50 in my first year of mandate! –<br />

are essential to steer the cooperation process.<br />

Enlargement and European Neighbourhood Policy: creating<br />

stability in the EU‘s interest.<br />

Closer to home, 2<strong>01</strong>5 also demonstrated that it is<br />

in our own interest to offer our most immediate<br />

neighbours a credible long-term perspective of joining<br />

our Union. The European Perspective serves as<br />

an important incentive for reforms and this reinvigorated<br />

approach is showing first positive results: Serbia<br />

succeeded this year to open the first chapters;<br />

Montenegro two additional ones, Albania is progressing<br />

well, Bosnia and Herzegovina is slowly but steadily<br />

getting back on track, Kosovo is on a good way<br />

towards visa-liberalisation and I hope, that based on<br />

our great efforts, it will also be possible to overcome<br />

definitively the political crisis in the former Yugoslav<br />

Republic of Macedonia. The EU‘s investment in these<br />

countries pays back: Progress with economic and<br />

democratic reforms in countries in our immediate<br />

neighbourhood is vital for the security, stability and<br />

prosperity of all Europeans.<br />

In the same vein, we also succeeded to get a new<br />

dynamic into the cooperation with Turkey. From the<br />

very beginning of my mandate it was my aim to re-<br />

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energize Turkey‘s role as an important strategic partner<br />

while at the same time pushing harder for urgently<br />

needed reforms in the country, especially with<br />

regard to rule of law and judiciary. We were very<br />

clear in our 2<strong>01</strong>5 country report what we expect<br />

from Turkey on these political fundamentals, without<br />

which there can‘t be any progress in the accession<br />

negotiations. The same applies to the action plan<br />

which will work only if Turkey delivers the provisions<br />

according to clearly defined standards. The two<br />

processes are linked, of course, but there is no deal<br />

whatever and as we have shown with our Enlargement<br />

report we will never compromise on the required<br />

criteria.<br />

We have also made good progress with the European<br />

Neighbourhood Policy by presenting an ambitious<br />

reform which will make the policy more effective<br />

in delivering on stabilization, security, and<br />

economic reforms, while finding more efficient and<br />

smarter ways to pursue our values. Georgia and Ukraine<br />

have just recently received positive recommendations<br />

for Visa-liberalisation – a crucial deliverable<br />

for their people - and today we mark a new level of<br />

EU-Ukraine relationship with the entry of force of<br />

the Trade Agreement (DCFTA ) as an important part<br />

of the Association Agreement. All this proves the<br />

EU‘s peaceful power of attraction beyond its borders.<br />

The reformed ENP will become a more nuanced<br />

toolbox for cooperation and sovereign choices at<br />

times when others try to impose their will on their<br />

neighbours.<br />

The time for national solos is over.<br />

If there is one lesson taught by this year‘s refugee<br />

crisis it is the awareness that only through hands-on<br />

cooperation will we be able to shape globalisation<br />

proactively and according to our standards and<br />

needs. This also applies to the cooperation among<br />

EU Member States. The European project will only<br />

succeed if EU Member States realise that the time for<br />

national solos is over. National grandstanding and<br />

„not in my backyard policies“ must be a thing of the<br />

past. Not for dogmatic or ideological reasons, but<br />

simply because they fail to deliver on <strong>issue</strong>s vital to<br />

citizens such as liberty, security, mobility.<br />

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LE MONDE NEWS<br />

Latest update from around the globe<br />

Text: Daniela Pötzl<br />

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China<br />

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A spectacular tower in the form of a giant tulip will be the distinguishing feature of the new airport in Istanbul. The tulip has been a<br />

symbol of Istanbul for many centuries. The flowing lines of the 96-metre high building will be visible to all passengers of the major<br />

new airport and also includes references to aircraft design. Construction of the tower commences in May and is scheduled for<br />

completion in October 2<strong>01</strong>7.<br />

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GfK‘s latest analyses of the Chinese market<br />

show that China produced 109 million<br />

outbound tourists in 2<strong>01</strong>5 – with retail<br />

spend of USD 229 billion. This is a key<br />

milestone in China‘s outbound tourism<br />

history. These statistics consolidate<br />

China‘s position as one of the top global<br />

sources of tourists, in terms of both<br />

number of trips and money spent during<br />

international travel. At the same time,<br />

there have been profound changes in the<br />

behaviour of the typical Chinese traveller.<br />

Up until 2<strong>01</strong>3, Hong Kong was the<br />

preferred destination. By the start of<br />

November 2<strong>01</strong>5, the top five countries<br />

were South Korea, Thailand (up 263 per<br />

cent), Hong Kong, Japan and Taiwan.<br />

Europe remains the most popular<br />

destination for Chinese travelling outside<br />

of Asia, showing an increase of 97 per cent<br />

in the last four years.<br />

gfk.com<br />

Albania<br />

Desired<br />

destination: EU<br />

Since 1993, Albania has been<br />

a priority country of the<br />

Austrian Development<br />

Cooperation. The Austrian<br />

Development Agency has run<br />

its own office in Tirana since<br />

1995, which aims to align<br />

legal and economic<br />

foundations of the country<br />

with the standards of the<br />

European Union. Over 2,000<br />

Albanian officials have been<br />

educated and trained in more<br />

than 40 workshops. In<br />

addition to EUR 400,000<br />

from Austria, the European<br />

Commission made almost<br />

EUR 3 million available for the<br />

project.<br />

entwicklung.at<br />

OFID<br />

Support for Cuba´s water supply<br />

The OPEC Fund for International Development (OFID) has signed a<br />

public sector loan agreement with Cuba to improve access to safe<br />

drinking water and provide basic sanitation services in Trinidad City and<br />

neighbouring townships. This will, in turn, help improve health<br />

indicators and living conditions for over 30,000 people. The USD 25<br />

million agreement will, along with the Cuban Government, help finance<br />

the Trinidad Water Supply and Sanitation System Modernisation<br />

Project. The agreement was signed by OFID Director-General Suleiman<br />

J. Al-Herbish (pictured right) and H.E. Juan Antonio Fernández Palacios,<br />

Ambassador of Cuba to Austria.<br />

ofid.org<br />

PHOTOS: FOTOLIA, OFID, IGA, OETTINGER DAVIDOFF, OPEC/WOO<br />

Premium cigars<br />

Focussing<br />

Oettinger Davidoff AG, the world‘s leading manufacturer of<br />

premium cigars, has reorganised its distribution in Germany and<br />

will operate with its own subsidiary. The strategic move will serve<br />

to focus on core business and the expansion of the brand in the<br />

most significant price categories in one of the company group’s<br />

most important cigar markets.<br />

oettingerdavidoff.com<br />

Cosmetics<br />

New commitment<br />

On the occasion of its 40th<br />

anniversary, cosmetics<br />

company The Body Shop<br />

published a pioneering, new<br />

global corporate social<br />

responsibility (CSR) strategy.<br />

The new commitment’s goal<br />

is to become the most ethical<br />

and sustainable global<br />

company in the world via an<br />

extensive programme of<br />

worldwide activities and<br />

measurable achievements to<br />

be accomplished by 2020:<br />

from ingredients and<br />

products to packaging and<br />

shops to employees, suppliers<br />

and campaigns.<br />

thebodyshop.com<br />

OPEC<br />

World Oil Outlook<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

First published in 2007, the<br />

WOO offers a thorough<br />

review and assessment of<br />

various scenarios related to<br />

the medium- and long-term<br />

development of the upstream<br />

and downstream sectors of<br />

the oil industry.<br />

The recently published 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

edition is a valuable reference<br />

tool, outlining the challenges<br />

and opportunities that the<br />

industry may face in the<br />

future. It can be downloaded<br />

on the website or ordered as<br />

a printed book. The OPEC also<br />

publishes the quarterly<br />

Energy Review (OER),<br />

available for subscription.<br />

opec.org<br />

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Cercle Diplomatique 1/2<strong>01</strong>6 55


LE MONDE PROMOTION<br />

Celebrating Europe Day and Europe‘s Flag<br />

„Against the blue sky of the Western world, the stars represent the peoples<br />

of Europe in a circle, a symbol of unity. Their number shall be invariably set<br />

at twelve, the symbol of completeness and perfection.“<br />

EU-flags in front of the Berlaymont-Building at rue de la Loi/Wetstraat, Brussels, the<br />

European Commission headquarters.<br />

You will encounter it every day and almost<br />

everywhere: in front of public buildings, in<br />

your passport, on Euro-notes and on the license<br />

plate of your car. It is even hidden amongst the<br />

emojis available on your smartphone: the European<br />

flag. Today, the circle of twelve golden stars on dark<br />

blue background is widely recognised as the sign of<br />

the European Union – even beyond its own borders.<br />

This year‘s Europe Day, the 9th of May, there is a special<br />

occasion for celebrating: 2<strong>01</strong>6 marks the 30th<br />

anniversary of the European flag as the symbol of the<br />

European Union.<br />

Originally, the 12-starred flag had exclusively<br />

been the symbol of the Council of Europe, an international<br />

organisation of, today, 47 member states<br />

which is promoting human rights and democracy. It<br />

was only in 1986 when the European Community,<br />

predecessor of the European Union, adopted the<br />

same flag, too.<br />

In the 1950s, the Council of<br />

Europe was looking for a symbol<br />

that would be representative,<br />

unifying and recognizable in order<br />

to spread the message of European<br />

cooperation in a postwar<br />

continent. French painter<br />

Arsène Heitz, an employee of the<br />

Council‘s postal office, submitted<br />

numerous sketches for a flag design.<br />

Among those submissions<br />

one stood out: a flag with fifteen<br />

golden stars (one for every<br />

Council member state of the<br />

time), arranged in a circle, on an<br />

azure blue background. The design<br />

was unanimously accepted.<br />

Finally, however, it was decided<br />

not to link the stars to the number<br />

of member states at all but to<br />

incorporate twelve stars instead,<br />

the symbol of „completeness and<br />

perfection“ in European cultural<br />

history.<br />

On the other hand, the European Communities<br />

– the EU‘s predecessor – never had its generally accepted<br />

official symbol or flag. Therefore, a big green<br />

E on white ground was often used for that purpose. It<br />

required an initiative from the members of the European<br />

Parliament – the directly elected legislative<br />

body of what is now the European Union: They wanted<br />

to highlight the continent‘s new found cooperation<br />

and to settle the question of the emblem once and<br />

for all. After broad approval in the parliament as well<br />

as after receiving permission from the Council of Europe,<br />

the flag of the latter was adopted: on 29 May<br />

1986, the circle of twelve golden stars on the blue<br />

background flew outside the European Commission<br />

building in Brussels for the first time. Today, the European<br />

flag has become the definitive symbol for the<br />

European Union, for Europe and for democracy. It<br />

stands for a union of European countries working<br />

together in cooperation, solidarity and unity, as envisioned<br />

by Robert Schuman.<br />

INFO<br />

On May 9th, Europeans<br />

commemorate the<br />

declaration by French<br />

foreign minister Robert<br />

Schuman who, in 1950,<br />

called for a common<br />

European Coal and Steel<br />

Community, a project that<br />

would eventually develop<br />

into the European Union<br />

we know today. The<br />

common project was<br />

initiated in the wake of<br />

World War II to ensure<br />

that another war between<br />

European nations would<br />

be „not merely<br />

unthinkable, but<br />

materially impossible“.<br />

PHOTO: © EUROPEAN UNION, 2<strong>01</strong>6, ETIENNE ANSOTTE<br />

L'AUTRICHE<br />

DER NAME IST<br />

PROGRAMM. IN<br />

L’AUTRICHE DREHT SICH<br />

ALLES UM DEN STANDORT<br />

ÖSTERREICH, SEINE<br />

WIRTSCHAFT UND SEINE<br />

BEDEUTUNG AUF DEM<br />

INTERNATIONALEN<br />

PARKETT.<br />

THE NAME SAYS IT ALL.<br />

IN L’AUTRICHE THE FOCUS IS<br />

ON AUSTRIA, ITS ECONOMY<br />

AND ITS ROLE ON THE<br />

INTERNATIONAL STAGE.<br />

Vertretung der EU-Kommision in Österreich<br />

Sie finden uns auf Facebook und Twitter<br />

http://ec.europa.eu/austria/index_de.htm<br />

https://www.facebook.com/ekoesterreich<br />

https://twitter.com/EUKommWien<br />

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L’AUTRICHE UNHCR<br />

Der endlose Kampf der UNHCR<br />

The endless fight of UNHCR<br />

Mehr als 60 Millionen Menschen sind<br />

weltweit auf der Flucht.Die Flüchtlingshilfsorganisation<br />

UNHCR steht auf<br />

verlorenem Posten – und kämpft<br />

dennoch weiter gegen das Elend.<br />

Over 60 million refugees worldwide,<br />

too many for the UNHCR to help – but<br />

its fight against this tragedy goes on.<br />

Text: Rainer Himmelfreundpointner<br />

Einer der raren glücklichen Momente im<br />

Alltag von UNHCR-Hochkommissar Filippo<br />

Grandi – ein Besuch in einer Schulklasse<br />

mit syrischen Flüchtlingskindern.<br />

In one of the few positive moments during<br />

his daily workload, UNHCR High<br />

Commissioner Filippo Grandi recently<br />

visited a class of Syrian refugee children.<br />

PHOTOS: UNHCR/DANIEL ETTER, BRYAN DENTON, ADAM JACOBI MOLLER<br />

Wer wissen will, wie jemand aussieht, der<br />

auf verlorenem Posten kämpft und trotzdem<br />

unverzagt weitermacht, der braucht<br />

bloß einen Blick auf das besorgte Gesicht von Filippo<br />

Grandi, dem neuen Flüchtlingshochkommissar, zu<br />

werfen. Zum Beispiel, als der „UN High Commissioner<br />

for Refugees“ (daher UNHCR) am 13. Februar<br />

dieses Jahres vom Hauptquartier in Genf aus zermürbt<br />

und tief bewegt über die aktuelle Situation in<br />

Griechenland Bericht erstattete.<br />

Trotz schlechtesten Wetterbedingungen mit Regen<br />

und starken Böen sei kein Ende des Flüchtlingsstroms<br />

von der Türkei auf die Ägäischen Inseln in<br />

Sicht, täglich riskierten mehr als 2.000 Flüchtlinge<br />

bei der Überfahrt ihr Leben. Gerade eben sei in Lesbos<br />

die stark verweste Leiche eines Mannes angeschwemmt<br />

worden. Wer verzweifelt genug sei – und<br />

alleine im Jänner und Februar waren das mindestens<br />

77.000 syrische, irakische oder afghanische Flüchtlinge,<br />

von denen 410 nicht überlebt haben – den<br />

können noch so schlimmes Winterwetter und noch<br />

so raue See nicht abschrecken, so Grandi.<br />

Das ist nur ein Mini-Ausschnitt aus einer schier<br />

endlosen Reihe von traurigen Schicksalen und<br />

furchtbaren Tragödien, die seit Mitte 2<strong>01</strong>5 auch Europa<br />

in Atem halten. Und hier eine Mischung aus<br />

humanitärer Anteilnahme und aktiver Hilfe, aber<br />

auch aus Angst und einem diffusen Gefühl der Bedrohung<br />

ausgelöst haben. „Die Welt ist in eine Ära<br />

eingetreten, in der Menschen in einem Ausmaß wie<br />

nie zuvor vertrieben werden“, so die grobe Übersetzung<br />

eines flammenden Appells (Titel: „Leave No<br />

Refugee Behind“), in dem Grandi Anfang 2<strong>01</strong>6 in<br />

der „New York Times“ um mehr Hilfe warb. „Allein<br />

2<strong>01</strong>4 wurden täglich 42.500 Menschen durch Konflikte<br />

und Verfolgung gezwungen aus ihrer Heimat<br />

zu fliehen, fast viermal so viele wie 2<strong>01</strong>0. Heute gibt<br />

Flüchtlingskinder aus Syrien,<br />

die nach ihrem Weg über die<br />

Türkei und Griechenland in<br />

Mazedonien angekommen sind.<br />

They have travelled a long way<br />

from Syria via Turkey and Greece,<br />

now they are in Macedonia.<br />

Auf der Flucht.<br />

Flüchtlinge warten im Regen<br />

am Bahnhof in Preševo in<br />

Serbien auf einen Zug nach<br />

Sid, an der Grenze zu<br />

Kroatien.<br />

On the run.<br />

At the train station in Presevo,<br />

Serbia, refugees from Syria<br />

wait for a train towards Sid, a<br />

Serbian town at the border to<br />

Croatia.<br />

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L’AUTRICHE UNHCR<br />

Gerettet. Flüchtlinge und Migranten auf dem italienischen<br />

Marineschiff „Spica“ auf dem Weg zum Hafen von Pozzallo.<br />

Rescued. Refugees and migrants wait to disembark from the Italian<br />

Navy Ship „Spica“ on the way to the harbour of Pozzallo.<br />

HISTORY<br />

Zwei Flüchtlingsfrauen aus der Zentralafrikanischen<br />

Republik im UNHCR-Camp in Lolo.<br />

Two young refugee women from Central African<br />

Republic in the UNHCR camp in Lolo.<br />

Das UNHCR-Flüchtlingslager<br />

Zaatari in Jordanien.<br />

The UNHCR refugee camp<br />

Zaatari in Jordan.<br />

Papst Franziskus erteilt Vertriebenen im<br />

UNHCR-Camp in Bangui seinen Segen.<br />

Pope Francis blesses kids in an internally<br />

displaced people camp in Bangui.<br />

PHOTOS: UNHCR/FRANCESCO MALAVOLTA, KABAMI KALUMIYA, NEKTARIOS MARKOGIANNIS, ARNI/UN ARCHIVES, BEIGESTELLT<br />

es nahezu 60 Millionen Vertriebene – es ist die größte<br />

Flüchtlingkrise seit dem Zweiten Weltkrieg.“<br />

Genau um die Not all dieser Flüchtlinge, Staatenlosen,<br />

Ausgesetzten, Vertriebenen und selten auch<br />

Rückkehrern zu lindern, wurde 1950 die Flüchtlings-<br />

Hilfsorganisation UNHCR ins Leben gerufen und<br />

ihr 1951 mit der „Genfer Flüchtlingskonvention“, die<br />

heute von 147 Ländern ratifiziert ist, eine universelle<br />

rechtliche Basis gegeben. Spätestens seit Europa mit<br />

der aktuellen Flüchtlingskrise konfrontiert ist und<br />

viele Beobachter darin die bisher größte Belastungsprobe<br />

der EU sehen, ist die Arbeit der weltweit etwa<br />

9.300 humanitären UNHCR-Helfer hier wieder in<br />

den Vordergrund gerückt. Doch der Flüchtlingsstrom,<br />

der infolge des Syrien-Krieges über den alten<br />

Kontinent hereingebrochen ist, stellt in Wahrheit<br />

nur einen kleinen Teil eines weltweiten Trauerspiels<br />

dar – allein 2<strong>01</strong>5 haben rund um den Globus an die<br />

zehn Millionen Menschen neu die Flucht angetreten,<br />

nur knapp 20 Prozent davon konnten ihr Heimatland<br />

verlassen. Die Grenze von 60 Millionen Flüchtlingen,<br />

von denen sich lediglich etwa 13 Millionen<br />

unter UNHCR-Mandatsbetreuung befinden, dürfte<br />

also inzwischen bereits überschritten sein.<br />

Viel mehr als in Europa ist die UNHCR in den<br />

globalen Entwicklungsregionen im Einsatz, wo Gewalt<br />

und Menschenrechtsverletzungen nur allzu oft<br />

auf der Tagesordnung stehen. In Afrika etwa schätzt<br />

sie die Zahl der Vertriebenen auf mindestens 15 Millionen<br />

Menschen, und wegen der Unruhen in der<br />

Zentralafrikanischen Republik und im Südsudan<br />

dürfte sich die Situation nicht so schnell verbessern.<br />

Der Aufbau und Betrieb von Schutzlagern, die Versorgung<br />

mit Lebensmittel und der Kampf gegen sexuelle<br />

Gewalt stehen dort im Vordergrund.<br />

In Asien und der pazifischen Region würden etwa<br />

7,7 Millionen Menschen unter das UNHCR-Mandat<br />

fallen. Und wäre ihr momentanes Gesamtbudget von<br />

rund sieben Milliarden Dollar (2<strong>01</strong>5) nicht um mindestens<br />

die Hälfte unterdotiert, würde das Leiden<br />

der dortigen rund 3,5 Millionen Flüchtlinge (meist<br />

aus Afghanistan und Myanmar), 1,5 Millionen landesintern<br />

Vertriebenen und 1,4 Millionen Staatenlosen<br />

wohl etwas mehr gelindert werden können.<br />

Nicht viel besser – in der UNHCR-Terminologie<br />

heißt das „humanitär extrem herausfordernd“ – ist<br />

die Situation im Nahen Osten und im nördlichen Afrika.<br />

In den Nachbar-Ländern von Syrien und dem<br />

Irak haben mindestens drei Millionen Syrer und fast<br />

zwei Millionen Iraker Zuflucht gefunden, hunderttausende<br />

sind voriges Jahr Richtung Europa, insgesamt<br />

jedoch in 90 Länder, auf der Suche nach Asyl<br />

weitergezogen. Innerhalb von Syrien, so schätzt die<br />

Hilfsorganisation, irren weitere 6,5 Millionen Menschen,<br />

die alles verloren haben, umher. Und mehr als<br />

zehn Millionen Einwohner würden dringend humanitäre<br />

Hilfe benötigen – sie alle haben kaum Chancen,<br />

sie auch zu bekommen, nicht einmal von der UNH-<br />

CR. Wie prekär die Lage in Ländern wie Libyen oder<br />

dem Jemen ist, geht bei solchen Zahlen fast unter.<br />

„Das ist inakzeptabel“, schreibt Filippo Grandi<br />

weiter. Und er lenkt, einem großen Lösungsvorschlag<br />

gleich, den Blick auf „die andere Seite der Medaille“.<br />

„Wenn all diesen Vertriebenen erlaubt wird,<br />

ihre Talente zu entwickeln und ihren Träumen nachzugehen,<br />

dann schaffen sie auch neue Möglichkeiten<br />

des Wachstums. Die Zeit ist gekommen, dem Klischee<br />

von Flüchtlingen, die antriebslos herumsitzen<br />

und ihre Hände nach Hilfe ausstrecken, ein Ende zu<br />

setzen. Flüchtlinge sind Unternehmer. Flüchtlinge<br />

sind Künstler. Sie sind Lehrer, Ingenieure, und arbeiten<br />

in allen möglichen Berufen. Die internationale<br />

Gemeinschaft kann es sich nicht länger leisten, so<br />

viel Potential zu ignorieren.“<br />

Leider ist dieser Text bislang nur in der New York<br />

Times erschienen.<br />

Anyone who wants to know what someone<br />

who is fighting a losing battle yet carries on<br />

undaunted looks like only needs to take a<br />

glance at the worried face of Filippo Grandi, the new<br />

UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).<br />

One example was when he reported on the current<br />

situation in Greece, demoralised and deeply moved,<br />

on February 13 this year his headquarters in Geneva.<br />

Despite the worst weather conditions with rain<br />

and strong gusts, no end to the influx of refugees<br />

from Turkey to the Aegean islands was in sight. Every<br />

day, more than 2,000 refugees risked their lives<br />

during the crossing. Not long before, the highly decomposed<br />

body of a man had washed ashore in Lesbos.<br />

Anyone desperate enough – in January until<br />

mid-February alone there were at least 77,000 Syrian,<br />

Iraqi or Afghan refugees, 410 of whom did not<br />

survive – will not be put off, no matter how bad the<br />

weather and rough the sea, said Grandi.<br />

This is only a small selection of an endless series of<br />

sad destinies and terrible tragedies that keep on happening<br />

since mid-2<strong>01</strong>5 and which has triggered a<br />

Das Recht<br />

auf Flucht.<br />

The right to flee.<br />

Die „Genfer Flüchtlingskonvention“<br />

wurde am 28. Juni<br />

1951 von 19 Staaten<br />

unterschrieben, regelt die<br />

universale Rechtsstellung<br />

von Flüchtlingen, und ist am<br />

22. April 1954 in Kraft<br />

getreten. Ursprünglich galt<br />

sie nur für Europa, insbesondere<br />

für Flüchtlinge nach<br />

dem Zweiten Weltkrieg und<br />

aus den kommunistischen<br />

Ländern. Inzwischen sind<br />

der Konvention, die als<br />

Grundlage für das Amt des<br />

„Hohen Flüchtlingskommissars<br />

der Vereinten<br />

Nationen“ dient, 147 Staaten<br />

beigetreten.<br />

The 1951 Refugee<br />

Convention was signed in<br />

1951 by 19 states. It constitutes<br />

the universal right of<br />

refugees and became active<br />

in 1954. Originally aiming at<br />

European World War II<br />

refugees and from<br />

communist bloc countries,<br />

the Refugee Convention<br />

serves as legal basis for the<br />

United Nations High<br />

Commissioner for Refugees<br />

(UNHCR). 147 states have<br />

signed it so far.<br />

Signature of the 1951<br />

Refugee Convention in<br />

Geneva, Switzerland.<br />

The three seated men (l-r):<br />

John Humphrey, Director of<br />

the Human Rights Division;<br />

Knud Larsen (Denmark),<br />

President of the Conference;<br />

G.V. van Heuven Goedhart,<br />

High Commissioner for<br />

Refugees.<br />

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L’AUTRICHE UNHCR<br />

FACTS & FIGURES<br />

Flüchtlingshochkommissar<br />

Filippo Grandi (Mitte)<br />

im Gespräch mit einer<br />

syrischen Flüchtlingsfamilie<br />

in Beirut.<br />

UNHCR High Commissioner<br />

for Refugees Filippo<br />

Grandi, center, met with a<br />

family of Syrian refugees<br />

at a collective shelter in<br />

the Jnah district of Beirut.<br />

mixture of humanitarian sympathy and active assistance<br />

in Europe, but also a wave of fear and a diffuse<br />

sense of threat. „The world has entered an era in<br />

which people are being displaced at an unprecedented<br />

rate,“ so the vigorous appeal (titled „Leave No<br />

Refugee Behind“), in which Grandi called for more<br />

help in the New York Times in early 2<strong>01</strong>6. „In 2<strong>01</strong>4,<br />

conflict and persecution forced 42,500 people a day<br />

to flee their homes, nearly quadruple the number<br />

from 2<strong>01</strong>0. Almost 60 million people are now forcibly<br />

displaced – a crisis unmatched since World War II.“<br />

In order to ease the plight of all these refugees,<br />

stateless persons, outcasts, displaced and occasionally<br />

those who return to their homes, the refugee<br />

organisation UNHCR was launched in 1950 and given<br />

a universal legal basis in 1951 with the „Geneva<br />

Convention“ which has now been ratified by 147<br />

countries. Ever since Europe has been faced with the<br />

current refugee crisis which is deemed by many observers<br />

as the most severe EU endurance test ever,<br />

the work of the world‘s approximately 9,300 humanitarian<br />

UNHCR helpers has moved into the spotlight<br />

again. But the stream of refugees to the continent,<br />

caused by the war in Syria, represents in reality only<br />

a small part of a worldwide tragedy – in 2<strong>01</strong>5 alone,<br />

all around the globe up to ten million people have<br />

again had to flee, and only 20 per cent of those were<br />

able to leave their home country. The number of 60<br />

million refugees, of which only about 13 million are<br />

under the UNHCR‘s care, is therefore now most likely<br />

exceeded.<br />

Much more than in Europe, the UNHCR is active<br />

in development regions where violence and human<br />

rights violations are all too often on the agenda. In<br />

Africa, the number of displaced people is estimated<br />

at over 15 million, and due to the unrest in the Central<br />

African Republic and South Sudan, the situation<br />

is unlikely to improve any time soon. The construction<br />

and operation of protective camps, supply of<br />

food and the fight against sexual violence are the<br />

main <strong>issue</strong>s.<br />

In Asia and the Pacific region, about 7.7 million<br />

people are within the UNHCR‘s mandate. And if the<br />

current total budget of around seven billion dollars<br />

(2<strong>01</strong>5) was not underfunded by at least half, the suffering<br />

of the approximately 3.5 million local refugees<br />

mostly from Afghanistan and Myanmar, 1.5 million<br />

internally displaced people and 1.4 million stateless<br />

would probably be alleviated a little more.<br />

The situation in the Middle East and northern Africa<br />

is not much better – in UNHCR terminology, it’s<br />

called „extreme humanitarian challenge“. In the<br />

neighbouring countries of Syria and Iraq, at least<br />

three million Syrians and nearly two million Iraqis<br />

have found refuge. Hundreds of thousands headed<br />

towards Europe last year and overall to 90 countries<br />

in search of asylum. Within Syria, the organisation<br />

estimates, another 6.5 million people who have lost<br />

everything wander around. And more than ten million<br />

people would need urgent humanitarian aid –<br />

they all have little chance to receive it, not even from<br />

the UNHCR. The precarious situation in countries<br />

such as Libya or Yemen almost vanishes opposed to<br />

such numbers.<br />

„This is unacceptable,“ Filippo Grandi writes. And<br />

he directs attention to „the other side to the coin“,<br />

akin to proposing a solution. „When displaced people<br />

are allowed to develop their skills and pursue their<br />

aspirations, they create new opportunities for growth.<br />

The time has come to discard the clichéd image of<br />

refugees as passive recipients of aid, sitting idly with<br />

outstretched hands. Refugees are entrepreneurs. They<br />

are artists. They are teachers, engineers, and workers<br />

of all types. The international community can no longer<br />

afford to ignore so much potential.“<br />

Unfortunately, his article has so far only appeared<br />

in the New York Times.<br />

PHOTO: UNHCR/BRYAN DENTON<br />

UNHCR auf einen Blick.<br />

UNHCR in a nutshell.<br />

Geschichte & Wirkungsbereich. Das UN-Flüchtlingskommissariat –<br />

eigentlich United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) –<br />

ist eine Nachfolgeorganisation des vom Friedensnobelpreisträger und<br />

Polarforscher Fridtjof Nansen nach dem Ersten Weltkrieg gegründeten<br />

(und von ihm bis 1927 geleiteten) Flüchtlingskommissariats des<br />

Völkerbundes und widmet sich weltweit dem Schutz von Flüchtlingen<br />

und Staatenlosen. 2<strong>01</strong>5 beschäftigte UNHCR rund 9.300 Mitarbeiter in<br />

125 Ländern, wobei 89 Prozent der Mitarbeiter außerhalb der Genfer<br />

Zentrale und den beiden weiteren Büros in Berlin und Wien tätig waren.<br />

Im Mittelpunkt von UNHCR stehen rechtlicher Schutz und humanitäre<br />

Hilfe für Flüchtlinge, vorwiegend in Ländern Asiens und Afrikas, aber<br />

nicht nur. Im Jahr 2006 hat sich das UNHCR unter anderem um die im<br />

Laufe der Libanon-Krise Vertriebenen gekümmert. Zusätzlich gehörten<br />

Tschad/Darfur, Südsudan, Afghanistan sowie Irak zu den größten<br />

Missionen des Flüchtlingshochkommissariats. Seit Beginn des<br />

Bürgerkrieges in Syrien verantwortet das UNHCR auch mehrere<br />

Flüchtlingslager, beispielsweise Zaatari in Jordanien.<br />

Budget. 2<strong>01</strong>5 stand dem UNHCR ein Budget von rund sieben Milliarden<br />

Dollar zur Verfügung, das großteils auf freiwillige Zahlungen von<br />

Organisationen, Ländern, Staatenverbünden wie der EU, Unternehmen,<br />

Stiftungen und Privatpersonen und Fundraising gespeist wird. Die UN<br />

steuert lediglich einen kleinen Verwaltungzuschuss bei. Die größten<br />

Geldgeber sind die USA, die EU, Deutschland, Großbritannien und Japan.<br />

Tatsächlich aber beklagt UNHCR eine Unterfinanzierung von oft mehr als<br />

50 Prozent – viel zu wenig, um die etwa 60 Millionen vertriebenen<br />

Menschen in aller Welt ausreichend zu betreuen.<br />

History & Activities. The ”United Nations High Commissioner for<br />

Refugees“ (UNHCR), founded as a follow-up organisation of the<br />

Refugees Commission of the League of Nation – an initiative of the Polar<br />

scientist Fridtjof Nansen, who was awarded the Peace Nobel Prize – is<br />

mandated to protect and support refugees or stateless persons at the<br />

request of a government or the UN itself and assists in their voluntary<br />

repatriation, local integration or resettlement to a third country.<br />

In 2<strong>01</strong>5, UNHCR employed some 9,300 humanitarian helpers, of which<br />

89 percent were active outside its headquarter in Geneva or its offices in<br />

Berlin and Vienna at refugee crisis regions all over the world, mainly in<br />

Asian and African countries. During the Lebanon crisis in 2006, UNHCR<br />

set up a major mission there, as well as in Chad/Darfur, in South Sudan,<br />

Afghanistan and Iraq. Since the outbreak of the civil war in Syria, UNHCR<br />

is also running several refugee camps in the region, for example in<br />

Zaatari in Jordan.<br />

Budget. In 2<strong>01</strong>5 the UNHCR had a budget of some 7 billion dollar,<br />

mainly funded by NGOs, governments, unions of states like the EU,<br />

foundations or private persons. The UN itself only delivers a small<br />

administration subsidy. Last year, the biggest providers of financial<br />

funds were the USA, the European Union, Germany, Great Britain and<br />

Japan. The UNHCR each year is warning that it is financiallly underfunded<br />

by more than 50 percent and its budget is far too small to take care<br />

of the roughly 60 million refugees worldwide seeking help.<br />

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L’AUTRICHE VIENNA<br />

PROMOTION<br />

Wien – auf vielen Wegen in die Zukunft<br />

Vienna – the many paths into the future<br />

1<br />

Warum die österreichische Bundeshauptstadt im internationalen Konzert<br />

der Metropolen ganz vorne liegt und wie alle Welt von Wien lernen will.<br />

Why the capital of Austria is top of the pack in international rankings and<br />

the rest of the world wants to learn from Vienna.<br />

Text: Rainer Himmelfreundpointner<br />

Smart City Vienna.<br />

Zahlreiche internationale<br />

Toprankings für die Smart City<br />

Wien.<br />

Smart City Vienna.<br />

Numerous international top<br />

rankings for Smart City<br />

Vienna.<br />

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Es war 1902, und der französische Bildhauer<br />

Auguste Rodin war bei Kaffee und Kuchen zu<br />

Gast im Wiener Salon von Berta Zuckerkandl,<br />

der Muse des Malerfürsten Gustav Klimt. „So etwas<br />

wie bei Euch habe ich noch nie gefühlt“, beugte sich<br />

Rodin begeistert zu Klimt. „Ihre Beethoven-Freske,<br />

die Frauen, diese Musik, die frohe kindliche Freude.<br />

Was ist das nur?“<br />

„Österreich“, sagte Klimt darauf knapp, aber in<br />

Wahrheit meinte er wohl „Wien“. Denn die Botschaft<br />

dieser Anekdote, notiert von Nobelpreisträger Eric<br />

Kandel im hymnischen Wien-Buch „Das Zeitalter<br />

der Erkenntnis“, ist heute vielleicht gültiger denn je.<br />

Zurecht finden auch die meisten Einheimischen,<br />

dass Wien nicht nur eine Stadt der Künste sondern<br />

auch selbst ein Kunstwerk sei. Zahlreiche Städtevergleiche<br />

unterstreichen Wiens außergewöhnlichen<br />

Status im Konzert der internationalen Metropolen.<br />

Beispiele gefällig? Bereits zum sechsten Mal in<br />

Folge wurde Wien auch 2<strong>01</strong>5 in der renommierten<br />

Mercer-Studie „Quality of Living Ranking“ die weltweit<br />

höchste Lebensqualität bescheinigt. In ähnlichen<br />

Vergleichen der Zeitschriften „Economist“ und<br />

„Monocle“ belegt Wien Platz zwei. Die UN-Habitat-<br />

Studie „State of The World Cities“ stuft Wien als erfolgreichste,<br />

florierendste Stadt der Welt ein, im<br />

„Global Economic Power Index“ liegt sie auf Rang<br />

neun, fast gleichauf mit weitaus größeren Metropolen<br />

und vor Shanghai oder Moskau. Wien ist unter<br />

den Top-Ten-Startup-Städten des Planeten („Tech<br />

Cocktail“-Bewertung), Nummer drei unter den „Ten<br />

Smartest Cities in Europe“ (Boyd-Cohen-Studie)<br />

und beim „Innovation Cities Global Index 2<strong>01</strong>5“ sowie<br />

nach Paris die zweitbeliebteste Konferenzstadt<br />

weltweit (ICCA-Ranking). Kein Wunder, dass Wien<br />

mit 14,3 Millionen Nächtigungen 2<strong>01</strong>5 von „Lonely<br />

Planet“ im Vorjahr auch als eine der zehn beliebtesten<br />

Reisedestinationen der Welt auserkoren wurde.<br />

Um dieses hervorragende internationale Standing<br />

auszubauen, betreibt Wien eine sehr aktive<br />

Stadtaußenpolitik. Seit mehr als sechs Jahren unterstützt<br />

die Stabsstelle Internationale Strategie und Koordination<br />

die Wiener Stadtregierung dabei, die<br />

über Jahrzehnte gewachsenen weltweiten Kontaktnetzwerke<br />

auszubauen und für die politischen und<br />

wirtschaftlichen Interessen der Donaumetropole,<br />

aber auch für den Austausch von Knowhow mit<br />

Stadtverwaltungen rund um den Globus zu nutzen.<br />

„Wien gilt als Superstar technologisch avancierter,<br />

sozialorientierter Stadtentwicklung“, sagt Stabs-<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

1 Neue Seestadt Aspern.<br />

New Seestadt Aspern.<br />

2 Hauptbahnhof Wien.<br />

Vienna‘s new Central<br />

Station.<br />

3 Bibliothek der neuen<br />

Wirtschaftsuni Wien.<br />

Library of Vienna‘s<br />

new University of<br />

Economics.<br />

4 Tom Cruise in Action.<br />

Actor Tom Cruise in<br />

Mission: Impossible<br />

shooting.<br />

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L’AUTRICHE VIENNA<br />

PROMOTION<br />

PROMOTION<br />

STATEMENT<br />

EXPO 2<strong>01</strong>7 Astana –<br />

Showcasing Austrian environmental<br />

technology to a global audience<br />

„Wien gilt<br />

weltweit als<br />

Superstar der<br />

Stadtentwicklung.“<br />

”Globally, Vienna<br />

is recognized as<br />

a superstar in<br />

urban development.“<br />

Stabsstellenleiter/<br />

Head of Staff Office<br />

Andreas Launer<br />

INFO<br />

Weitere Informationen<br />

über die internationalen<br />

Aktivitäten der Stadt Wien<br />

finden Sie unter:<br />

For further information on<br />

Vienna’s international<br />

activities visit:<br />

worldwide.wien.at<br />

Stabsstelle für<br />

Internationale Strategie und<br />

Koordination:<br />

Staff Office for International<br />

Strategy and Coordination:<br />

office@md-eui.wien.gv.at<br />

Tel: +43 1 4000 82555<br />

stellen-Leiter Andreas Launer. „Jedes Jahr reisen bis<br />

zu 5.000 Delegierte aus aller Welt in die österreichische<br />

Hauptstadt, um das ‚Gesamtkunstwerk Wien‘<br />

live zu studieren.“ Etwa, wie man einen komplett<br />

neuen Stadtteil wie die Seestadt Aspern als Smart-<br />

City der Zukunft hochzieht. Wie stadteigene Unternehmen<br />

beispielhafte Lösungen in Bereichen wie<br />

Energieeffizienz oder waste-to-energy entwickeln.<br />

Oder wie Wien als eine der am schnellsten wachsenden<br />

Städte Europas seine einzigartige Tradition des<br />

sozialen Wohnbaus und sein vorbildliches öffentliches<br />

Verkehrssystem offensiv in die Zukunft trägt.<br />

Ziel der Wiener Stadtaußenpolitik ist es, Wien in<br />

all seinem zeitgenössischen Facettenreichtum als<br />

Wirtschafts-, Wissenschafts- und Kreativmetropole,<br />

aber auch als größte Universitätsstadt im deutschsprachigen<br />

Raum mit einem großen Pool an jungen<br />

Talenten noch stärker auf die globale Landkarte zu<br />

bringen. Die Stabsstelle dient auch immer wieder als<br />

Anlaufstelle für internationale Investoren, denen<br />

maßgeschneiderte Besuchsprogramme angeboten<br />

werden. „Egal, wo und wem gegenüber sich Wien<br />

präsentiert: Wien stößt auf großes Interesse“. Nachsatz<br />

Launer: „Und sehr oft auf Bewunderung.“<br />

It was 1902 and French sculptor Auguste Rodin<br />

was enjoying coffee and cake at the Vienna Salon<br />

of Berta Zuckerkandl, the muse of the great Vienna<br />

secessionist, Gustav Klimt. ”I’ve never felt anything<br />

like this except here,“ Rodin exclaimed, turning enthusiastically<br />

to the Austrian painter. „Your Beethoven<br />

fresco, the women, this music, the joyful, childlike<br />

happiness! What is the reason for it all?“<br />

”Austria“, said Klimt, actually meaning ”Vienna“.<br />

Perhaps the message of this anecdote, as noted by Nobel<br />

Prize winner Eric Kandel in his eulogistic Vienna<br />

book ”The Age of Insight,“ is more valid today than<br />

ever. With good reason most locals consider Vienna as<br />

not only a city of arts but itself an artwork. Numerous<br />

studies comparing the world’s cities underline Vienna’s<br />

exceptional status in the rarified atmosphere of the<br />

globe’s top metropolises.<br />

Examples? Mercer’s respected ”Quality of Living<br />

Ranking“ listed Vienna for the sixth time running last<br />

year as having the world’s best quality of living. Vienna<br />

is in second place in similar studies published by the<br />

opinion leading ”Economist“ and ”Monocle“ magazines.<br />

The U.N. Habitat study ”State of The World Cities“<br />

sees Vienna as the world’s most successful and<br />

most prosperous city, while the Austrian capital ranks<br />

ninth in the ”Global Economic Power Index,“ almost<br />

even with many substantially larger metropolises and<br />

ahead of others, like Shanghai or Moscow. Vienna is<br />

among the world’s top 10 Startup Cities (”Tech Cocktail“<br />

rating.) It is third among the ”Ten Smartest Cities<br />

in Europe,“ both in the Boyd-Cohen study and the<br />

”Innovation Cities Global Index 2<strong>01</strong>5.“ And it ranks<br />

as No. 2 after Paris in the ICCA ranking of most popular<br />

conference cities worldwide. No wonder that Vieanna,<br />

which registered 14.3 million overnight stays<br />

last year, was chosen by ”Lonely Planet“ as one of the<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5’s top 10 tourist destinations worldwide.<br />

The city is constantly forging even further ahead<br />

of the pack with the support of its Staff Office for International<br />

Strategy and Coordination. For the past<br />

six years, its team has coordinated with other sections<br />

of the municipal government to expand global contact<br />

networks built over the past decades, as Vienna<br />

moves to serve and strengthen its political and economic<br />

interests and increase its exchanges of knowhow<br />

with administrations of other top world cities. ”Vienna<br />

is recognized as a superstar in the area of technologically<br />

advanced, socially oriented urban development,“<br />

says staff office head Andreas Launer. „Up to<br />

5,000 delegates from all corners of the globe come to<br />

the Austrian capital each year to study ‚das Gesamtkunstwerk<br />

Wien‘ - Vienna as the totality of art.“ Examples<br />

abound: The Seestadt Aspern, a new city area<br />

conceived and created from the ground up as a smart<br />

city of the future; municipal enterprises that are developing<br />

cutting-edge solutions in energy efficiency and<br />

waste-to-energy; or strategic offensives thrusting<br />

Vienna’s unique tradition of social housing and exemplary<br />

public transport systems forward to serve<br />

the future needs of the Austrian capital as one of the<br />

fastest growing European cities.<br />

By focusing on these projects and many more,<br />

Vienna’s external outreach aims at strengthening the<br />

city’s global presence in all its facets - a metropolis rich<br />

in economic growth, scientific expertise and creative<br />

energy, the largest university hub in the Germanspeaking<br />

world with a large pool of young and eager<br />

talent. The results are gratifying. The Office for International<br />

Strategy and Coordination frequently serves<br />

as the point of contact for international investors, and<br />

offers them tours tailored specifically for their needs.<br />

”Vienna is received with great interest no matter where<br />

and for whom its presented,“ says Launer. „And<br />

often with a great deal of admiration.“<br />

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After the resounding success of Austria‘s participation<br />

at the EXPO 2<strong>01</strong>5 in Milan, the<br />

Austrian government decided to continue<br />

the success story in Kazakhstan during the EXPO<br />

Astana 2<strong>01</strong>7. Like in the past, the Austrian participation<br />

will be carried out jointly by the Federal Ministry<br />

of Science, Research and Economy and the Austrian<br />

Economic Chambers.<br />

Ideal platform for the presentation Austrian know-how<br />

The theme „Future Energy“ provides a perfect platform<br />

for Austrian companies to present their global<br />

competence and the quality and spread of their<br />

products in a variety of sectors to an international<br />

audience. That’s because Austria is among the global<br />

leaders with respect to energy efficiency, waste<br />

management, environmental technology and sustainability.<br />

Over a quarter of Austria’s total energy consumption<br />

is generated from renewable energy sources.<br />

Austria is the Frontrunner<br />

Austria stands out thanks to its longstanding<br />

know how in the development of environmentally<br />

friendly technologies. Austrian industry has developed<br />

a large know-how in the field of environmental<br />

technology through the application of strict environmental<br />

laws. There is strong global demand for environmental<br />

engineering “made in Austria”, such as<br />

emission controls, energy-saving technology, water<br />

treatment and waste management.<br />

Austria‘s strong environmental protection focus<br />

lays the foundation for disproportionately high<br />

growth and export rates of the environmental technology<br />

and renewable energy industry: during the<br />

last 20 years, sales have increased fivefold to an estimated<br />

10-12 billion Euros in 2<strong>01</strong>5, employment has<br />

more than doubled (and now amounts to more than<br />

185.000 people) and nearly 80% of the sales are derived<br />

from exports (6-8% of total Austrian exports).<br />

Austria has also seen great progress in diversifying<br />

its energy production in the past decades. This has<br />

led to a strong growth in renewable energy. Today,<br />

around 80% of electricity production in Austria is<br />

“renewable”. The specific focus areas of Austria‘s renewable<br />

policies are hydropower, wind power, solar<br />

energy and biomass from agriculture and forestry.<br />

Companies as pioneers. Austria not only stands out due<br />

to its untouched natural environment and beautiful<br />

landscape, from the Alpine panorama to steppe lakes,<br />

but it is also an environmental role model with a<br />

highly developed industry in the fields of environmental<br />

technologies and renewable energies. Companies<br />

operating in Austria are trailblazers for water<br />

and waste management, and pioneers in technologies<br />

for generating bioenergy and in future-oriented areas<br />

such as sustainable building, ultra-lightweight vehic-<br />

les and networked cities. The close link between the<br />

research and business communities in regional clusters<br />

and competence centers is an important pillar of<br />

the country’s success.<br />

Leading companies. An impressive twelve percent of<br />

Austrian environmental technology companies are<br />

EU or global market leaders. Two thirds of revenue is<br />

generated on foreign markets.<br />

Leader in solar thermal energy. Austria is one of the European<br />

leaders in producing solar thermal power, boasting<br />

a collector area of about 1.13 million square meters.<br />

The export rate of 81 percent for thermal<br />

collectors illustrates the level of international demand<br />

for Austrian products. There are also new developments<br />

in the fields of plastic solar panels, heat<br />

accumulators and building integration.<br />

Water and wastewater management. A study carried out by<br />

ETH Zurich concludes that Austria has a high level of<br />

specialization in the field of cleantech patents. Austrian<br />

industry boasts more patent applications in relation<br />

to environmental technology patents in the water<br />

and wastewater segments than, for example, Germany<br />

and the entire EU. The Global Cleantech Innovation<br />

Index 2<strong>01</strong>4 attests to the above-average number of patents<br />

in Austria as a strong driver of innovation. Wastewater<br />

treatment, which generates EUR 2.85 billion<br />

in revenue, is one of the most important economic<br />

factors in Austria’s environmental technology business.<br />

The focus is on sewage sludge treatment.<br />

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L’AUTRICHE FEDERATION OF AUSTRIAN INDUSTRIES | INTERVIEW<br />

Christoph Neumayer<br />

„Es darf in der Lösung der Flüchtlingskrise keine Tabus geben.“<br />

“Solving the refugee crisis, there can be no taboos.“<br />

Christoph Neumayer, der Generalsekretär der Österreichischen Industriellenvereinigung, geht in der<br />

Causa prima, der Flüchtlingskrise, mit der heimischen Regierung hart ins Gericht. Er fordert viel raschere<br />

Integrationsmaßnahmen, Einstiegshilfen in den Arbeitsmarkt und ein klares Einwanderungsgesetz.<br />

Christoph Neumayer, the Director General of the Federation of Austrian Industries, is getting hard on<br />

the government coalition in regard to the number one topic, the refugee crisis. He demands faster<br />

integration, financial subsidies for access to the labour market and a straight immigration law.<br />

Interview: Rainer Himmelfreundpointner<br />

PHOTO: RALPH MANFREDA<br />

CD: Thema Nummer eins ist und bleibt auch<br />

2<strong>01</strong>6 die Flüchtlingsfrage. Wie beurteilen Sie<br />

die Lage, wie sehen Ihre Lösungsvorschläge aus?<br />

Neumayer: Das Thema hat mehrere Ebenen,<br />

rechtlich, ökonomisch und integrationspolitisch.<br />

Die erste große Herausforderung,<br />

der sich nicht nur die Regierung,<br />

sondern auch die Zivilgesellschaft gestellt<br />

hat, stand im Vorjahr im Mittelpunkt –<br />

Menschen, die auf der Flucht sind, zumindest<br />

die Möglichkeit der Beherbergung zu<br />

geben.<br />

Bei der zweiten Herausforderung muss<br />

man mittelfristig denken: Was bedeutet es,<br />

so viele Flüchtlinge und Migranten im<br />

Land aufzunehmen? Was hat das für Auswirkungen<br />

auf den Sozial- und Wohlfahrtsstaat,<br />

auf Wachstum und Beschäftigung<br />

und am Arbeitsmarkt? Wie groß<br />

kann die Quantität der Menschen sein, die<br />

nach Österreich kommen? Und wie gehen<br />

wir politisch damit um?<br />

Dabei möchte ich unterstreichen, dass<br />

sich die Politik in den vergangenen Monaten<br />

nicht wirklich kompetent im Handling<br />

dieser Frage gezeigt hat und sehr viel durch<br />

die Zivilgesellschaft und auch Unternehmen<br />

übernommen wurde. Das wird aber<br />

auf Dauer nicht gehen.<br />

Wie können Menschen, die Aussicht auf<br />

Asylstatus haben, integriert, ihnen eine<br />

Teilnahme am Produktionsprozess ermöglicht<br />

werden? Die Industrie klagt ja schon lange über<br />

Fachkräftemangel.<br />

Indem man sehr rasch und sehr konsequent<br />

handelt. Dazu gehört aus der Sicht<br />

der Industrie und der Wirtschaft, dass man<br />

sich sofort die Qualifikation von Asylwerbern<br />

ansieht und prüft, wo es Aufholbedarf<br />

gibt. Etwa bei der Sprache oder der beruflichen<br />

Qualifikation. Man müsste das wie in<br />

Deutschland auch flächendeckend machen.<br />

Zuerst ein grober Kompetenz-Check,<br />

AD PERSONAM<br />

der dann weiter regional vertieft wird, um<br />

rasch Qualifikations-Defizite aufholen zu<br />

können. Dabei müssen wir auch ehrlich<br />

sein: Manche wird man sicher schneller in<br />

den Arbeitsmarkt integrieren können als<br />

andere. Das wird einer großen Anstrengung<br />

bedürfen.<br />

Was hilft diese Geschwindigkeit, wenn<br />

Asylsuchende wie im Moment praktisch vom<br />

Arbeitsmarkt ausgeschlossen sind?<br />

Wir plädieren dafür, dass die Zeit genutzt<br />

wird. Selbst wenn am Ende ein negativer<br />

Asylbescheid steht, dann ist doch eine<br />

Qualifikation erworben worden, die zukünftig<br />

genutzt werden kann.<br />

Deswegen ist es gut und richtig, dass es<br />

für Asylsuchende auch während des Asylprozesses<br />

die Möglichkeit einer Lehre geben<br />

soll. Auch wenn ein negativer Bescheid<br />

kommt, kann diese Lehre abgeschlossen<br />

werden.<br />

Ab wann sollen Asylwerber kompletten Zugang<br />

zum Arbeitsmarkt bekommen?<br />

Wenn sie eine Qualifikation haben, die<br />

wirklich gesucht ist und fehlt, die also beispielsweise<br />

Teil der Mangelberufsliste ist,<br />

dann kann man darüber nachdenken, ob<br />

man den Zugang zum Arbeitsmarkt nicht<br />

vorab ermöglicht. Bei hoher Qualifikation<br />

macht der Übergang in das Schema der<br />

Rot-Weiß-Rot-Card Sinn. Wenn keine<br />

Qualifikation vorhanden ist, ist es wichtig,<br />

diese Personen sofort nachzuqualifizieren.<br />

Viele haben ja Ausbildungen, die am österreichischen<br />

Arbeitsmarkt gar nicht gesucht<br />

werden, etwa Sattler oder Hufschmiede.<br />

Aber der österreichische Arbeitsmarkt bietet<br />

doch jetzt schon fast 500.000 Menschen keine<br />

Jobs. Und die bestehenden Jobs sind durch neue<br />

Technologien bedroht. Wie kann sich das<br />

ausgehen?<br />

Auch uns ist klar, dass uns diese Flüchtlings-<br />

und Migrationswelle in einer Zeit<br />

trifft, in der wir die höchste Arbeitslosigkeit<br />

der Zweiten Republik haben. Deswegen<br />

steht uns ja eine Herkulesaufgabe bevor,<br />

die zehn bis fünfzehn Jahre dauern<br />

kann.<br />

Dennoch muss man beispielsweise darüber<br />

nachdenken, ob nicht am unteren<br />

Ende der Erwerbstätigkeit leichtere Einstiegs-Möglichkeiten,<br />

etwa für einfache<br />

technische Tätigkeiten, geschaffen werden<br />

sollen, die man durch Einstiegshilfen stützen<br />

kann. Die öffentliche Hand schießt also<br />

für eine gewisse Zeit zu und nach einem<br />

halben Jahr könnte diese Person dann vollständig<br />

vom Unternehmen, oder wo sie<br />

sonst arbeitet, übernommen werden.<br />

Wir müssen über solche neuen Wege<br />

nachdenken, sonst wird es nicht gehen.<br />

Und es darf keine Tabus geben. Wir müssen<br />

Durchlässigkeit im Arbeitsmarkt<br />

schaffen.<br />

Wäre diese Arbeitsmarktproblematik nicht auch<br />

durch ein klares Einwanderungsgesetz<br />

abzufangen?<br />

Natürlich. Wir brauchen ein Einwanderungsgesetz,<br />

das die Kriterien, nach denen<br />

zugewandert werden kann, klar abbildet.<br />

Diese Diskussion gibt es auch in Deutschland.<br />

Nun ist ja nicht nur Österreich, sondern die<br />

ganze EU in der Flüchtlingsfrage gespalten -<br />

viele sagen sogar, in ihrer Existenz gefährdet.<br />

Und sie ist darüber hinaus nicht nur in einer<br />

ökonomisch schwierigen Situation,<br />

sondern wir alle stehen am Beginn einer<br />

Digitalisierungs-Welle, die ebenfalls gewaltige<br />

Auswirkungen auf den Arbeitsmarkt<br />

haben wird. Da wie dort gilt eine<br />

große Prämisse für die Zukunft: Qualifikation.<br />

Es wird also so oder so zu Änderungen<br />

kommen. Und es bleibt nur eine gewisse<br />

Zeitspanne, um gemeinsame Verantwortung<br />

und gesamteuropäische Lösungen zu<br />

erreichen. Und die Zeit läuft schnell. Entweder<br />

wir machen diesen Job jetzt professi-<br />

Mag. Christoph Neumayer ist seit fünf Jahren<br />

IV-Generalsekretär und hat Geschichte,<br />

Publizistik und Rechtswissenschaften studiert.<br />

For five years now, Christoph Neumayer has been<br />

acting as Director General of the Federation of<br />

Austrian Industries. He studied History,<br />

Communication Sciences & Law.<br />

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FACTS &<br />

FIGURES<br />

onell oder wir werden in fünf, sechs Jahren<br />

massive Probleme bekommen, die wir<br />

nicht mehr bewältigen können. Stellen Sie<br />

sich erst den Druck auf Europa vor, wenn<br />

in der Sub-Sahara-Zone viele Menschen –<br />

unter anderem wegen des Klimawandels<br />

gezwungen sein werden, sich aus diesen<br />

Gebieten weg zu bewegen. Jetzt wäre in<br />

Wirklichkeit die Stunde der Politik, aber<br />

die hat sie bis jetzt nur ansatzweise genützt.<br />

Das Vertrauen in die Politik war deswegen<br />

noch nie so gering. Und die Gefahr des<br />

Auseinanderbrechens von Europa noch nie<br />

so groß.<br />

CD: The number one topic in 2<strong>01</strong>6 is and will<br />

remain the refugee <strong>issue</strong>. What is your assessment<br />

of the situation, what do your proposed<br />

solutions look like?<br />

Neumayer: This topic has several levels –<br />

legal, economic and integration policy. The<br />

first major challenge, not only faced by the<br />

government but also civil society, occupied<br />

centre stage last year – to give people who<br />

are fleeing at least a roof over their heads.<br />

We have to think about the second challenge<br />

in the medium term: What does it<br />

mean to accept so many refugees and migrants<br />

into our country? What impact will it<br />

have on our social and welfare state, on<br />

growth and employment and the labour<br />

market? How large could the number of<br />

people coming to Austria be? And how do<br />

we deal with it politically?<br />

I would like to emphasise that in the<br />

passed few months, politics does not seem<br />

to have dealt with this <strong>issue</strong> very competently<br />

and civil society as well as companies<br />

have taken care of a lot. But this will not<br />

work in the long-term.<br />

„Die Gefahr des Auseinanderbrechens<br />

von Europa war noch<br />

nie so groß.“<br />

“The risk of Europe breaking apart<br />

has never been so big.“<br />

How can people who have a chance of asylum be<br />

integrated, be allowed to participate in the<br />

production process? Businesses especially have<br />

been complaining about a shortage of specialists<br />

for a long time.<br />

By acting very swiftly and very consistently.<br />

This includes, from the viewpoint of businesses<br />

and the economy, looking at the qualifications<br />

of the asylum seekers and checking<br />

where they have to catch up on any<br />

skills. Such as language or professional qualifications.<br />

It also has to be done extensively<br />

as in Germany. First, a rough skills check<br />

that is then looked at more thoroughly on a<br />

regional level so they can catch up on any<br />

skill shortages quickly.<br />

But we also have to be honest: Some will<br />

certainly be easier to integrate into the labour<br />

market than others. It is going to be a<br />

major effort.<br />

Why should it be done so quickly when asylum<br />

seekers are practically excluded from the labour<br />

market at the very moment?<br />

We are asking for this time to be used wisely.<br />

Even if at the end there is a negative asylum<br />

decision, then at least they have gained<br />

a qualification they can use in the future.<br />

Therefore, giving asylum seekers the opportunity<br />

to do an apprenticeship even during<br />

the asylum process is the right approach. If<br />

asylum is then not granted, this apprenticeship<br />

can still be completed.<br />

When should asylum seekers have complete<br />

access to the labour market?<br />

When they have a skill, which is really<br />

sought-after but not available, which e.g. is<br />

on the list of shortage occupations, then<br />

you can think about whether access to the<br />

labour market could be allowed beforehand.<br />

If someone is highly qualified, then It<br />

would make sense to transfer them to the<br />

Red-White-Red Card scheme. If they do<br />

not have any qualifications, then it is important<br />

to teach them new skills straight<br />

away. Many of them do have qualifications<br />

that are not sought-after in the Austrian labour<br />

market, such as saddlers or blacksmiths.<br />

But the Austrian labour market has not been able<br />

to provide nearly 500,000 people with jobs as it<br />

is. And existing jobs are being threatened by new<br />

technologies. How is it going to work?<br />

We are also aware that this wave of refugees<br />

and migrants has come at a time when we<br />

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have the highest unemployment rate ever in the Second<br />

Republic. We are, therefore, faced with a Herculean<br />

task, which could last ten to fifteen years.<br />

Nevertheless, we have to think about e.g. whether<br />

we should create simpler entry-level opportunities at<br />

the lower end of employment, such as for simple<br />

technical jobs, which can be funded. The public purse<br />

would contribute for a certain amount of time and<br />

then after six months the company, or wherever they<br />

are working, could take on this person completely.<br />

We have to come up with new such solutions,<br />

otherwise it won‘t work. And there can be no taboos.<br />

We have to create transparency in the labour market.<br />

Wouldn‘t a clear immigration law also prevent this labour<br />

market problem?<br />

Of course. We need an immigration law that clearly<br />

states the criteria for migrating to this country. This is<br />

also being discussed in Germany.<br />

Not only Austria, but the entire EU is also divided by the<br />

refugee <strong>issue</strong>. Many are even claiming that their entire<br />

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existence is under threat.<br />

And furthermore, it is happening not only during an<br />

economically difficult situation. We are all at the beginning<br />

of a wave of digitalisation, which is also going<br />

to have an enormous impact on the labour market.<br />

There is one large premise everywhere for the<br />

future: qualifications. There are going to be changes<br />

one way or another.<br />

And we only have a certain period of time to<br />

achieve common responsibility and pan-European<br />

solutions. Time is running out fast. Either we do this<br />

job now professionally or we will have huge problems<br />

in five, six years‘ time, which we will not be able<br />

to overcome anymore.<br />

Imagine what the pressure will be like on Europe<br />

when in sub-Saharan Africa many people – also because<br />

of climate change – will be forced to move<br />

away from these areas. In fact, now would be the moment<br />

for politics to act but it has only done so to a<br />

certain extent. Trust in politics has, therefore, never<br />

been so low. And the risk of Europe breaking apart<br />

never been so great.<br />

Österreichische<br />

Industriellen-<br />

Vereinigung<br />

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Industries<br />

Geschichte. Die<br />

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Industrieller“ wurde<br />

1946 als offizielle<br />

Interessensvertretung<br />

gegründet und hat heute<br />

rund 4.200 Mitglieder.<br />

History. The „Federation<br />

of Austrian Industries“ was<br />

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official lobbying<br />

organisation and today<br />

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„Unser Motto: Ready to race!“<br />

“Our motto: Ready to race!“<br />

Weitere<br />

Steigerungen<br />

erwartet<br />

Further increases<br />

expected<br />

Es ist wie im Motorsport: Leistung muss sich lohnen!<br />

It‘s like in motorsport: Performance must pay off!<br />

ABOUT THE AUTHOR<br />

DI Stefan Pierer,<br />

CEO KTM AG.<br />

Nach dem Abschluss<br />

seiner Ausbildung an der<br />

Montanuniversität Leoben<br />

(Betriebs- und<br />

Energiewirtschaft) begann<br />

Stefan Pierer seine Karriere<br />

1982 bei der HOVAL GmbH<br />

in Marchtrenk.<br />

1987 gründete er die<br />

CROSS Beteiligungsgruppe,<br />

in der er als Aktionär und<br />

Vorstand tätig ist. Seit<br />

1992 ist er Aktionär und<br />

Vorstand der KTM AG.<br />

Stefan Pierer,<br />

CEO KTM AG.<br />

After completing his<br />

education at the University<br />

of Leoben (Business and<br />

Energy Management),<br />

Stefan Pierer started his<br />

career at HOVAL GmbH in<br />

Marchtrenk in 1982.<br />

In 1987, he founded the<br />

CROSS holding group, in<br />

which he acts as<br />

shareholder and member<br />

of the board of directors.<br />

He has been a shareholder<br />

and member of the board<br />

of directors of KTM AG<br />

since 1992.<br />

Als Unternehmer sieht man sich aktuell einem<br />

weltweit äußerst volatilen Umfeld gegenüber,<br />

die Planbarkeit zukünftiger Entwicklungen<br />

ist stark eingeschränkt – sei es durch kriegerische<br />

Auseinandersetzungen oder durch immer<br />

wiederkehrende wirtschaftliche Depressionen wie<br />

aktuell etwa in Brasilien, Indonesien oder Russland.<br />

Damit einhergehend erfahren wir leider immer auch<br />

eine Verlangsamung des weltweiten Wirtschaftswachstums.<br />

Genau davon ist man als Unternehmen<br />

in einem verhältnismäßig kleinen Land aber abhängig:<br />

Um erfolgreich zu sein, braucht es irrsinnig hohe<br />

Exportraten von über 90 Prozent. Genau das ist auch<br />

bei KTM der Fall.<br />

Diese Exportorientierung bringt spezielle Anforderungen<br />

mit sich: Schnelligkeit, Flexibilität und<br />

Anpassungsfähigkeit sind die wichtigsten Tugenden,<br />

wenn wir beschreiben, wie man in verschiedensten<br />

Weltregionen unter ständig wechselnden Rahmenbedingungen<br />

erfolgreich sein will. KTM meistert<br />

diese Herausforderungen bislang bestens und konnte<br />

alleine im Jahr 2<strong>01</strong>5 mehr als 350 neue Arbeitsplätze<br />

schaffen – als größter europäischer Motorradproduzent,<br />

Weltmarktführer im Segment der Offroad- und<br />

Competition-Bikes, sowie als anerkannter Sportwagenhersteller<br />

und als eine der am schnellsten<br />

wachsenden Motorradmarken der Welt.<br />

In Österreich verschlechtern sich die Rahmenbedingungen<br />

dafür allerdings Jahr für Jahr. Es sind<br />

drei große Themenbereiche, die uns dabei behindern,<br />

noch erfolgreicher zu sein. Punkt eins ist die mangelnde<br />

Arbeitszeitflexibilisierung. Mit nur zehn<br />

Stunden täglicher Durchrechnungszeit sind ganze<br />

Abteilungen erheblich eingeschränkt, das betrifft<br />

beispielsweise Marketing- oder Motorsport-Mitarbeiter,<br />

aber auch Einkäufer auf Lieferantenbesuch<br />

oder Mitarbeiter, die Projekte in kürzester Zeit umsetzen<br />

müssen. Eine Flexibilisierung würde den<br />

Steuerzahler keinen Cent kosten, für das Unternehmen<br />

und für die Mitarbeiter jedoch eine enorme<br />

Erleichterung bedeuten. Zum Zweiten behindern<br />

uns überbordende Vorschriften und die allgegenwärtige<br />

Bürokratie. Es wird nichts vereinfacht, ganz<br />

im Gegenteil: Es wird immer noch eine Norm, noch<br />

eine Vorschrift draufgesetzt. Eine Lohn- oder Reise-<br />

PHOTOS: BERNHARD MÜLLER FOTODESIGNER, SEBAS ROMERO<br />

kostenabrechnung, das sind mittlerweile wissenschaftliche<br />

Arbeiten, die für einen Klein- oder Mittelbetrieb<br />

kaum noch zu bewältigen sind. Drittens<br />

bringen die viel zu hohen Lohnnebenkosten den<br />

Standort unter Druck. Es kann und darf nicht sein,<br />

dass von dem, was der Arbeitgeber bezahlt, weniger<br />

als 50 Prozent beim Arbeitnehmer ankommen. Es<br />

gehört endlich eine Senkung der Lohnnebenkosten<br />

gemacht. Und ich plädiere dafür, diese Senkung eins<br />

zu eins an die Arbeiter und Angestellten weiterzugeben.<br />

Das bringt einerseits Motivation, stärkt<br />

andererseits aber vor allem die Kaufkraft – und<br />

damit alle heimischen Unternehmen.<br />

Es ist wie im Motorsport: Leistung muss sich<br />

lohnen! Im Motorsport werden die Besten belohnt,<br />

das sollte auch in der Wirtschaft gelten. Dazu muss<br />

„Leistung“ aber wieder wertgeschätzt werden – das<br />

ist ein gesellschaftliches Problem, an dem wir alle<br />

gemeinsam arbeiten müssen. KTM wird jedenfalls<br />

weiterhin alles geben, um seine Führungsposition in<br />

vielen Bereichen weiter auszubauen. Mit herausragenden<br />

Innovationen wie unserem „Freeride E“-<br />

Elektroantrieb, dem Zukunftsthema „Connectivity“<br />

am Motorrad und unzähligen weiteren technischen<br />

Innovationen sind wir jedenfalls auf dem besten<br />

Weg dazu.<br />

As an entrepreneur, the ability to plan future<br />

developments is very limited due to the current<br />

volatile global environment, whether it<br />

be caused by armed conflicts or recurring economic<br />

depression as currently for instance in Brazil, Indonesia<br />

and Russia. As a result, a slowdown in global economic<br />

growth unfortunately takes place. In a relatively<br />

small country, a company is largely dependent<br />

on this progress: To be successful, it needs an incredibly<br />

high export rate of over 90 percent. This is precisely<br />

the case with KTM.<br />

This export orientation involves special requirements<br />

– speed, flexibility and adaptability are the<br />

most important virtues in order to succeed in various<br />

regions of the world within constantly changing conditions.<br />

So far, KTM overcomes these challenges well<br />

and was able to create more than 350 new jobs in<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5 alone, as the largest European motorcycle producer,<br />

the global leader in the off-road and competition<br />

bikes segment, as well as a recognised sports car<br />

manufacturer and one of the fastest growing motorcycle<br />

brands in the world.<br />

Rassig. Die KTM 690 Duke in Aktion.<br />

Fiery. The KTM 690 Duke in action.<br />

In Austria, however, the conditions deteriorate<br />

year after year. There are three main areas that impede<br />

more success. Firstly, the lack of flexible working<br />

hours. With just daily reference periods of ten hours,<br />

entire departments are severely limited. It affects<br />

marketing or motorsports employees, but also buyers<br />

regarding supplier visits or employees who need to<br />

implement projects in a very short time. A more flexible<br />

system wouldn’t cost the taxpayer anything, but<br />

it would present an enormous relief for the company<br />

and for the employees. Secondly, vigorous regulations<br />

and the ubiquitous bureaucracy hinder us. Nothing is<br />

simplified, quite the opposite: Further norms and requirements<br />

are being imposed on an ongoing basis.<br />

Wage accounting or travel costs billing are now more<br />

like scientific papers, which a small or medium-sized<br />

enterprise can hardly handle. Lastly, excessively high<br />

non-wage labour costs adds pressure on the facility. It<br />

is unacceptable that workers receive less than 50 per<br />

cent of the wages paid by the employer. A reduction<br />

in non-wage labour costs has to be made. And I support<br />

that this reduction is passed on to the employees.<br />

It results in more motivation and strengthens<br />

purchasing power – and thus all domestic companies.<br />

It‘s like in motorsport: Performance must pay off!<br />

In motorsport, the best are rewarded, which should<br />

also apply in the economy. This requires that „performance“<br />

is valued – this is a social problem which has<br />

to be addressed by all of us. KTM will, in any case,<br />

continue to invest all its resources to further expand<br />

its leading position in many areas. With outstanding<br />

innovations such as our „Freeride E“ electric drive,<br />

„Connectivity“, the topic of the future on the motorcycle<br />

and countless other technological innovations,<br />

we are certainly on the path to achieve that.<br />

Die börsennotierte KTM<br />

hat 2<strong>01</strong>5 mit weltweit<br />

180.8<strong>01</strong> verkauften<br />

Motorrädern um 14 Prozent<br />

mehr verkauft als im Jahr<br />

davor und den Umsatz<br />

um 18 Prozent sowie den<br />

operativen Gewinn um<br />

26 Prozent gesteigert. Per<br />

Jahresende beschäftigte KTM<br />

konzernweit 2.515 Mitarbeiter.<br />

Im Geschäftsjahr 2<strong>01</strong>5<br />

erhöhte sich der Personalstand<br />

um 372 Personen,<br />

338 davon entfielen auf<br />

Österreich. Im abgelaufenen<br />

Jahr investierte der<br />

Motorradhersteller in<br />

Mattighofen und Munderfing<br />

(beide Oberösterreich) rund<br />

110 Mio. Euro – um 30 Prozent<br />

mehr als im Jahr davor.<br />

Für das Geschäftsjahr 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

erwartet der Vorstand eine<br />

weitere Steigerung beim<br />

Umsatz und beim Absatz.<br />

The listed company KTM<br />

sold 180,8<strong>01</strong> motorcycles in<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5 worldwide, outperforming<br />

the previous year by 14<br />

per cent, and increased<br />

turnover by 18 per cent and<br />

operating profit by 26 per<br />

cent. At year end, KTM Group<br />

employed 2,515 employees.<br />

In the financial year 2<strong>01</strong>5, the<br />

headcount increased by 372<br />

employees, 338 of which was<br />

attributable to Austria. In the<br />

past year, the motorcycle<br />

manufacturer invested<br />

around 110 million euros in<br />

Mattighofen and Munderfing<br />

(both Upper Austria) – 30 per<br />

cent more than the year<br />

before. In 2<strong>01</strong>6, the<br />

Management Board expects<br />

a further increase in revenue<br />

and sales.<br />

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Alpbach findet heuer von 17. August bis<br />

2. September statt und wird sich dem<br />

Generalthema „Neue Aufklärung“ widmen. Denn<br />

„die Denkwerkzeuge der Aufklärung, allen voran<br />

die Vernunft, reichen nicht mehr aus, um die<br />

Herausforderungen der Gegenwart zu meistern“,<br />

so die Vorankündigung.<br />

The Tyrolean village of Alpbach has an exciting<br />

year to look forward to. With the opening of the<br />

extension building in early summer 2<strong>01</strong>6, the<br />

sustainable location will provide the perfect<br />

venue with even more space for national and<br />

international congresses and conferences for a<br />

diverse range of industries. The European Forum<br />

Alpbach takes place this year from 17 August to<br />

2 September and is dedicated to the general<br />

theme „New Enlightenment“. The announcement<br />

states, „The tools for thought of the<br />

Enlightenment, above all rationality, no longer<br />

suffice for mastering the challenges of the<br />

present.“<br />

alpbach.org<br />

Initiative<br />

Neue Führungskräfte<br />

| New leaders<br />

Außenminister Sebastian Kurz, WKÖ-Präsident Christoph<br />

Leitl und Industriellenvereinigung-Präsident Georg Kapsch<br />

präsentierten mit Rainer Seele (OMV) ein neues internationales<br />

Besuchsprogramm. Mit den neuen „Austrian<br />

Leadership Programs“ werden pro Jahr rund 100 junge<br />

internationale Führungskräfte aus Wirtschaft, Politik und<br />

Verwaltung für eine Woche nach Österreich eingeladen, um<br />

ein hochkarätiges Programm mit zahlreichen High-Level-<br />

Terminen zu absolvieren.<br />

Foreign Minister Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Federal Economic<br />

Chamber president Christoph Leitl and Federation of<br />

Austrian Industry president Georg Kapsch presented a new<br />

international visiting programme along with Rainer Seele<br />

(OMV). With the new „Austrian Leadership Programs“, each<br />

year around 100 young international leaders from business,<br />

politics and administration will be invited to Austria for one<br />

week to complete a quality programme with numerous<br />

high-level meetings.<br />

bmeia.gv.at<br />

Forstwirtschaft | Forestry<br />

Wald sichert<br />

Wertschöpfung<br />

| Forest secures value<br />

Rund die Hälfte der österreichischen<br />

Staatsfläche ist bewaldet, 80 Prozent des<br />

Waldes sind im Privatbesitz. Die<br />

Forst- und Holzwirtschaft ist daher einer<br />

der wichtigsten Wirtschaftszweige in<br />

Österreich. „Wie auch beim Klimagipfel in<br />

Paris festgehalten, benötigen wir rasch<br />

einen Wandel von der fossil getriebenen<br />

Wirtschaft zu einer Wirtschaft auf Basis<br />

erneuerbarer und nachwachsender<br />

Rohstoffe“, forderte Landwirtschaftskammer-Präsident<br />

Franz Titschenbacher<br />

kürzlich im Rahmen einer Tagung.<br />

Around half of the Austrian territory is<br />

forested, 80 per cent of the forest is<br />

privately owned. The forestry and timber<br />

industry is therefore one of the most<br />

important industries in Austria. „As noted<br />

at the climate summit in Paris, we quickly<br />

need a shift from the fossil-driven<br />

economy to an economy based on<br />

renewable resources,“ Chamber of<br />

Agriculture President Franz Titschenbacher<br />

recently called for at a conference.<br />

landforstbetriebe.at<br />

PHOTO: CONGRESS CENTRUM ALPBACH, ÖSTERREICHISCHES AUSSENMINISTERIUM, VIENNA HOUSE, FRENCH FASHION WEEK, WIESENTHAL, DANUBE INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL VIENNA<br />

Zuwachs DISV | DISV grows<br />

Klassenangebot ausgebaut | More classes<br />

Die Danube International School Vienna (DISV) konnte dank der<br />

Qualität ihrer Ausbildung die Schülerzahlen in den letzten Jahren<br />

kontinuierlich steigern. Zuletzt wurde bereits der Dachboden ausgebaut<br />

sowie der Trakt über dem Festsaal aufgestockt. Der neuerliche Ausbau<br />

der DISV vergrößert die Raumkapazitäten der Schule auf rd. 10.000 m 2<br />

und schafft Platz für sechs neue Klassenräume. Alle neuen Klassen sind<br />

mit einem interaktiven Smart-Board ausgestattet, das die traditionelle<br />

Tafel ersetzt. Geplant wird der aktuelle Ausbau vom renommierten<br />

Architekturbüro A2K Architekten, das unter anderem bereits für das<br />

Hotel Sans Souci verantwortlich zeichnete.<br />

The Danube International School Vienna (DISV) was able to increase<br />

the number of students continuously in recent years, thanks to the<br />

quality of their schooling. The attic was recently expanded and<br />

additionally, a floor added above the ballroom. The new expansion of<br />

DISV will enlarge the capacity of the school to approximately 10,000<br />

m 2 and provide space for six new classrooms, which each will be<br />

equipped with an interactive smart board instead of a blackboard. The<br />

renowned architectural firm A2K Architekten, who also designed the<br />

Hotel Sans Souci, is responsible for the planning.<br />

danubeschool.com<br />

Chic in Wien | Chic in Vienna<br />

Neue French Fashion Week | New French Fashion Week<br />

Eine Woche französisches Shopping-Erlebnis in den Wiener Boutiquen und Geschäften!<br />

Von 7. bis 12. März 2<strong>01</strong>6 findet erstmals die French Fashion Week (FFW) statt, bei der<br />

französische Brands und Designer präsentiert werden. Die FFW spricht zudem französische<br />

Modelabels und Designer an, die sich in Wien/Österreich etablieren möchten sowie<br />

Modeboutiquen, die französische Marken führen oder in Zukunft führen möchten.<br />

Experience one week of French shopping in Vienna boutiques and shops! From 7 to 12<br />

March 2<strong>01</strong>6, the French Fashion Week (FFW) will take place for the first time and French<br />

brands and designers are shown. The FFW also gives French fashion labels and designers<br />

a chance to present themselves in Vienna and Austria to a larger audience and also<br />

supports fashion boutiques who carry French brands or want to do so in the future.<br />

frenchfashionweek.at<br />

Mercedes Wiesenthal<br />

Auszeichnung „Supplier of the<br />

Year 2<strong>01</strong>5“ | “Supplier of the Year<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5“ award<br />

LeasePlan, der größte<br />

markenunabhängige<br />

Fuhrparkmanager<br />

Österreichs, verlieh kürzlich<br />

zum bereits 19. Mal den<br />

Excellence Award. Über die<br />

besondere Ehrung als<br />

„Supplier of the Year 2<strong>01</strong>5“<br />

für herausragendes Service im Firmenkundenbereich<br />

durfte sich die Wiesenthal Handel und<br />

Service GmbH in Wien freuen. Mit Felix Clary<br />

und Aldringen wurde im Jänner der ehemalige<br />

Geschäftsführer von BMW Österreich und der<br />

BMW Nordic Group zum neuen Vorstand der<br />

Wiesenthal Autohandels AG bestellt.<br />

LeasePlan, the largest brand-independent fleet<br />

manager in Austria, recently awarded the<br />

Excellence Award already for the 19th time.<br />

The special honour as „Supplier of the Year<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5“ for outstanding service for corporate<br />

clients went to Wiesenthal Handel und Service<br />

GmbH in Vienna. Felix Clary und Aldringen,<br />

former CEO of BMW Austria and BMW Nordic<br />

Group, was appointed to the management board<br />

of Wiesenthal Auto Handels AG in January.<br />

wiesenthal.at<br />

Wirtschaftsagentur Wien |<br />

Vienna Business Agency<br />

Neue Anlaufstelle |<br />

New address<br />

Die Wirtschaftsagentur Wien<br />

hat in der Mariahilfer Straße<br />

20 ihren neuen Standort<br />

eröffnet. Es ist die erste<br />

Anlaufstelle für die Wiener<br />

Wirtschaft, die u.a.<br />

Beratungen zu Förderungen,<br />

Unterstützung bei der<br />

Gründung oder Hilfe bei der<br />

Suche nach Betriebs- oder<br />

Büroflächen, alles unter einem<br />

Dach, anbietet.<br />

The Vienna Business Agency<br />

has opened its new location<br />

at Mariahilferstrasse 20. It is<br />

the first source of information<br />

for representatives of the<br />

Viennese economy, and<br />

provides consultations on<br />

subsidies, support for<br />

founders or help in finding<br />

business or office spaces, all<br />

under one roof.<br />

wirtschaftsagentur.at<br />

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Being hip at the attic.<br />

HOTEL MELIÁ (rechts/right).<br />

Im höchsten Gebäude Österreichs.<br />

At Austria´s highest building.<br />

Vom Südturm des Stephansdoms kann man sich einen luftigen Überblick über<br />

Wien machen. Noch schöner ist jedoch der Blick auf den „Steffl“ oder gleich die<br />

gesamte Stadt – garniert mit einem feinen Essen, einem guten Glas Wein oder<br />

einem Cocktail.<br />

The top of the south tower of St Stephen‘s Cathedral provides visitors with an<br />

aerial view of a large part of Vienna. But even more impressive is the view of the<br />

“Steffl” itself or of the entire town – even better when enjoyed with a fine meal, a<br />

good glass of wine or a cocktail.<br />

Text: Daniela Pötzl<br />

HOTEL GRAND FERDINAND.<br />

Der Pool in der Grand Etage,<br />

mit hervorragender Aussicht<br />

auf Wien.<br />

The pool at the Grand Etage,<br />

with excellent view of Vienna.<br />

FOTOS: XYXXYXYXY<br />

PHOTOS: HOTEL GRAND FERDINAND, 25HRS HOTELS, HOTEL MELIA, WIENER RIESENRAD, HAUS DES MEERES/SYLVIA MAYRHOFER<br />

In kaum einer anderen europäischen Hauptstadt<br />

lassen sich so viele Lokale mit Möglichkeiten eines<br />

ganz besonderen Blickwinkels oder gar eines<br />

Rundumblicks auf Wien finden. Wer hoch hinaus<br />

will, kann das ganz hervorragend in ausgesuchten<br />

Hotels der Stadt tun. Die wohl spektakulärste Aussicht<br />

bietet das höchste Gebäude Österreichs: Das<br />

„57 Restaurant & Lounge“ des Hotel Meliá bietet einen<br />

360-Grad-Blick über Wien. Das Lokal befindet<br />

sich in den beiden obersten Etagen des 250 Meter<br />

hohen DC Tower. Nach ganz oben, zum sonntäglichen<br />

Flying Brunch etwa, wird man übrigens mit<br />

den schnellsten Liften Österreichs befördert – mit<br />

bis zu 8 Meter/Sekunde. Nur einen Katzensprung<br />

entfernt, kann man nach dem Besuch der Aussichtsplattform<br />

des Donauturms dann seinen Kaffee ganz<br />

gemütlich in einem der zwei sich langsam drehenden<br />

Lokale genießen.<br />

Blick auf den Dom<br />

Das Wahrzeichen der Stadt, der Stephansdom,<br />

liebevoll „Steffl“ genannt, will gebührend betrachtet<br />

werden. Von innen, von oben und auch von außen.<br />

Wer ihm ganz nahe sein will, kehrt im schräg gegenüber<br />

liegenden Haas-Haus ein, in dem Hausbesitzer<br />

Do & Co ein Hotel und ein Restaurant hat. Von der<br />

dazu gehörigen Onyx Bar aus hat man die Pole Position<br />

für die beste Ansicht auf das bunte Ziegeldach<br />

des Doms. Auch die Bloom Dachterrassen-Bar im<br />

Hotel Lamée (für Events und Feiern mietbar) bietet<br />

in der warmen Jahreszeit einen sehr schönen Blick,<br />

ebenso wie die Atmosphere Rooftop Bar im 8. Stock<br />

des Ritz-Carlton. Unter dem Motto „Sparkling“ werden<br />

hier edle und prickelnde Freuden – von diversen<br />

Champagnern bis hin zu selbstkreierten Cocktails<br />

serviert. Ein Klassiker mit hervorragender Sicht vom<br />

Riesenrad bis zur Karlskirche, ist die Sky Bar oben<br />

im Kaufhaus Steffl in der Kärntner Straße.<br />

Wer hoch hinaus will, reserviert im 18. Stock im<br />

Das Loft im Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom zum Dinner.<br />

Neben der 10 Meter hohen, ungeteilten Glaswand<br />

beeindruckt die von Pipilotti Rist gestaltete,<br />

farbenfrohe Kunstwerk-Decke, die man nachts sogar<br />

von außerhalb des Hotels weithin leuchten sehen<br />

kann.<br />

Verschiedene Stadtbilder<br />

Ein umfassendes Bild von der gesamten Metropole<br />

Wien kann man sich am Kahlenberg machen.<br />

Für den Wiener Hausberg wird aktuell wieder eine<br />

Seilbahn mit Start bei der Neuen Donau angedacht.<br />

Bis dahin kann man mit dem Auto, öffentlich oder<br />

zu Fuß anreisen, um die wunderbare Terrasse im<br />

Suite´Hotel z.B. beim Sonntags-Brunch zu genießen.<br />

Zurück in der Stadt lockt ein imposanter Blick auf<br />

die Altstadt und die Ringstraße bei einer Führung<br />

auf das Dach des Naturhistorischen Museums. Gäste<br />

der dortigen kulinarischen Dinner-Abende am Mittwoch<br />

(wie Miesmuscheln oder Spargel) können diese<br />

gleich mitbuchen. Gleichsam schön, und noch<br />

immer ein Geheimtipp, ist die Aussicht vom Justizcafé<br />

am Dach des Wiener Justizpalastes. In der netten<br />

Kantine, die übrigens für alle nach einer Sicherheitskontrolle<br />

zugänglich ist, serviert Gastronom Ivo<br />

Brnjic obersten Richtern Lunch.<br />

Im vergangenen September eröffnete das Hotel<br />

Grand Ferdinand an der Wiener Ringstraße. Der<br />

Pool im obersten Stock war eigentlich nur Hotel-<br />

Gästen vorbehalten. Nun steht eine Art Club-Mitgliedschaft<br />

bereit, die nach einem Deposit für Konsumationen<br />

in der Grand Etage auch das kühle Nass<br />

möglich macht. So wird die Location als Private Dining<br />

Club auch für Locals interessant.<br />

Hardly any other European capital has as<br />

many restaurants as Vienna does where diners<br />

can enjoy a very unique perspective or<br />

even a 360-degree view of the town. Those who set<br />

their sights high can choose from a splendid selection<br />

of Viennese hotels. Probably the most spectacular<br />

view is provided by the highest building in Austria:<br />

the „57 Restaurant & Lounge“ at Hotel Meliá<br />

with a 360-degree view of Vienna. The restaurant is<br />

located on the top two floors of the 250-metre high<br />

DC Tower. The fastest lift in Austria takes guests<br />

right to the top e.g. for the Sunday Flying Brunch –<br />

moving at up to 8 metres/second. After visiting the<br />

observation platform on Donauturm, you can relax<br />

and enjoy a coffee at one of the two slowly revolving<br />

restaurants only a stone‘s throw away.<br />

View of the cathedral<br />

Vienna‘s landmark, St Stephen‘s Cathedral, also<br />

affectionately called “Steffl”, needs to be given due<br />

regard. From inside, above and outside. Should you<br />

want to get very close, then stop off at Haas House,<br />

located diagonally across where the building‘s owner<br />

Do & Co runs a hotel and restaurant. Its Onyx Bar<br />

puts you in pole position for the best view of the co-<br />

WIENER RIESENRAD (links/left).<br />

Dinner nicht nur für Verliebte.<br />

Dinner not only for the ones in love.<br />

HAUS DES MEERES (rechts/right).<br />

Kaffee nach dem Besuch der<br />

Tiere. Coffee break after visiting the<br />

animals.<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE VIEW<br />

INFO MIT<br />

AUSSICHT<br />

HEURIGER SIRBU. Die Stadt von oben<br />

bei einem Glas Wiener Wien.<br />

The city from top, with a glass of<br />

Viennese wine.<br />

INFO<br />

5 Dauerfavoriten<br />

5 all-time favourites<br />

with a view<br />

25hours Hotel<br />

Museumsquartier<br />

Eher jüngeres Publikum in<br />

der Dachboden-Bar.<br />

More of a young crowd in<br />

the “attic” bar.<br />

25hours-hotels.com<br />

Haus des Meeres<br />

Familientaugliches Café<br />

ocean’sky im 11. Stock, nur<br />

nach Besuch des Haus des<br />

Meeres möglich.<br />

Ocean’sky, family-friendly<br />

café on the 11th floor, only<br />

accessible after visiting the<br />

Haus des Meeres.<br />

haus-des-meeres.at<br />

Heuriger Sirbu<br />

Ab 6. April heuer geöffnet.<br />

Geheimtipp: zu zweit am<br />

romantischen Bankerl den<br />

Ausblick genießen.<br />

Opening on 6 April this<br />

year. Insider tip: enjoy the<br />

view on the romantic<br />

bench together with your<br />

loved one.<br />

sirbu.at<br />

Café Gloriette<br />

Imperial, mit einzigartigem<br />

Blick auf das Schloss<br />

Schönbrunn.<br />

Imperial atmosphere,<br />

unique view of Schönbrunn<br />

Palace.<br />

gloriette-cafe.at<br />

Wiener Riesenrad<br />

Candlelight Dinner für<br />

zwei, mit dreigängigem<br />

Menü, serviert in einem<br />

Waggon des Riesenrads.<br />

Candlelight dinner for two,<br />

with a three-course meal,<br />

served in a cabin on the<br />

Ferris wheel.<br />

wienerriesenrad.com<br />

DO&CO. Der Stephansdom aus nächster Nähe.<br />

St Stephen‘s Cathedral at close range.<br />

SUITE HOTEL KAHLENBERG. Vielleicht schon bald mit der Seilbahn<br />

erreichbar. Maybe soon to be accessible with a cable car.<br />

SOFITEL VIENNA STEPHANSDOM. Einer der schönsten Blicke<br />

auf Wien. One of the most beautiful views of Vienna.<br />

lourful tiles on the roof of the cathedral. The Bloom<br />

roof terrace bar at Hotel Lamée (can be rented for<br />

events and parties) also provides a spectacular view<br />

in summer as does the Atmosphere Rooftop Bar on<br />

the 8th floor of the Ritz-Carlton. They serve many<br />

sophisticated and sparkling delights here – ranging<br />

from various champagnes to their own cocktail creations<br />

– under the motto “sparkling“. The Sky Bar at<br />

the top of Steffl Department Store on Kärntner Strasse<br />

is a classic, with a glorious view stretching from<br />

the Ferris wheel to Karlskirche.<br />

Those who enjoy a special view should make a<br />

reservation for dinner on the 18th floor in Das Loft<br />

at Sofitel Vienna Stephansdom. Not only the 10-metre<br />

high all-round glass wall is impressive, but you<br />

will be overwhelmed by the multi-coloured art ceiling<br />

created by Pipilotti Rist, which you can even see<br />

from outside illuminated at night.<br />

Different views of the city<br />

Kahlenberg offers an all-encompassing view of<br />

the entire metropolitan city of Vienna. The town is<br />

currently re-considering a cable car between the<br />

mountain and the New Danube river. But for the<br />

PHOTOS: EVENTS AM KAHLENBERG, SOFITEL VIENNA STEPHANSDOM, WIEN TOURISMUS/PETER RIGAUD, HOTEL LE RITZ-CARLTON, WIEN TOURISMUS/MANFRED HORVATH, HOTEL LAMEÉ<br />

time being, visitors can get there by car, public transport<br />

or on foot where they can enjoy the wonderful<br />

terrace at the Suite´Hotel e.g. during Sunday brunch.<br />

Back in town, a guided tour on the roof of the Museum<br />

of Natural History gives visitors an imposing<br />

view of the historic centre and Ringstrasse. Guests<br />

dining here on the culinary Wednesday (mussel or<br />

asparagus dinner) can book one of the roof tours<br />

there and then. Just as glorious, and still an insider<br />

tip, is the view from the Justizcafé on the roof of<br />

Vienna‘s Palace of Justice. Here in the pretty canteen,<br />

which incidentally is accessible to everyone after<br />

passing the security check, the restaurateur Ivo Brnjic<br />

serves lunch to the most senior judges.<br />

Last September, Hotel Grand Ferdinand opened<br />

its doors on Ringstrasse. The hotel pool on the top<br />

floor used to be reserved for hotel guests only. Now<br />

they have rolled out a kind of club membership where<br />

anyone can leave a deposit for eating and drinking<br />

in the Grand Etage, which then enables them to enjoy<br />

the cool and refreshing water. This makes the<br />

Private Dining Club also appealing for locals.<br />

BLOOM BAR, HOTEL LAMÉE. Diese Terrasse kann<br />

man für Events auch mieten. For special events, this<br />

terrace is for rent.<br />

melia.com<br />

donauturm.at<br />

doco.com<br />

hotellamee.com<br />

skybox.at<br />

sofitel-vienna-stephansdom.com<br />

kahlenberg.eu<br />

nhm-wien.ac.at<br />

food-affairs.at<br />

justizcafe.at<br />

grandferdinand.com<br />

FLEMING’S VIS-À-VIENNA!<br />

THE RITZ-CARLTON VIENNA. Für einen eleganten Abend mit<br />

Champagner oder köstlichen Cocktails.<br />

For an elegant evening with champagne or delicious cocktails.<br />

VIENNA IS A CAPTIVATING CITY THANKS TO ITS FASCINATING COMBINATION OF CLASSIC AND<br />

MODERN ELEMENTS. COME AND DISCOVER THIS METROPOLIS BY THE RIVER DANUBE WHILST<br />

STAYING IN A CENTRAL LOCATION.<br />

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Our hotel will welcome you with its typical Fleming‘s feel-good comfort and services that leave nothing to be desired.<br />

Enjoy our culinary delicacies in a pleasant and relaxed atmosphere. Our hotel is also the ideal professional venue for<br />

your conferences and events, offering you optimal conditions to create the perfect setting for your successful function.<br />

Welcome to Fleming‘s in Vienna or, as the locals say, „Grüß Gott in Wien“! Visit us at: www.flemings-hotels.com


SAVOIR VIVRE CONNOISSEUR<br />

Monique Dekker, General Manager Park Hyatt<br />

Vienna, und Alexander Hoffmann, Director of<br />

Food & Beverage Park Hyatt Vienna.<br />

Essen und trinken mit Stil<br />

Wine and dine in style<br />

Text: Daniela Pötzl<br />

Treffpunkt für Kosmopoliten<br />

Cosmopolitan venue<br />

Ursprüngliches neu<br />

interpretiert<br />

Reinterpreting the<br />

initial<br />

Martin Pichlmaier hat sich<br />

gemeinsam mit seiner Frau<br />

Christiane und seinem Bruder<br />

Werner, dem ehemaligen<br />

Küchenchef im Hotel Sacher,<br />

selbstständig gemacht und<br />

nach intensiver Umbauphase<br />

nun das „Pichlmaiers Zum<br />

Herkner“ neu eröffnet.<br />

Einrichtungs-Prunkstück ist<br />

die Bretschneider-Schank aus<br />

den 1950er Jahren, serviert<br />

wird moderne, österreichische<br />

Küche mit Klassikern wie<br />

Tellerfleisch und Gulasch nach<br />

dem Rezept des Herrn Papa.<br />

Top: mit Festsaal für Events<br />

und „Private Table“.<br />

Martin Pichlmaier, along with<br />

his wife Christiane and his<br />

brother Werner, the former<br />

head chef at Hotel Sacher, has<br />

set up his own restaurant and<br />

after carrying out extensive<br />

renovation work has<br />

re-opened the “Pichlmaiers<br />

Zum Herkner”.<br />

The furniture centrepiece is<br />

the ‚Bretschneider‘ bar from<br />

the 1950s. They serve modern<br />

Austrian cuisine with classic<br />

dishes such as Tellerfleisch<br />

(boiled beef) and goulash<br />

made according to the chef‘s<br />

father‘s recipe. Great: there is<br />

a banquet room for events<br />

and a “private table”.<br />

zumherkner.at<br />

PHOTOS: PICHLMAIERS ZUM HERKNER, STEFAN GERGELY, DIE PFEFFEREI, FOODORA<br />

Das renommierte Restaurant The Bank im Park Hyatt Vienna im Goldenen Quartier startet neu gestaltet in den Frühling. Ab 1. März ist die The Bank Brasserie & Bar mit<br />

kreativem Food & Bar Konzept geöffnet. Auch neu: Der Zugang über den Eingang Bognergasse.<br />

The renowned The Bank restaurant in Park Hyatt Vienna in the Golden Quarter steps into spring with a new design. On 1 March, The Bank Brasserie & Bar will open with a<br />

creative food and bar concept. Also new: a separate entrance from Bognergasse.<br />

vienna.park.hyatt.com<br />

Luxusmahl per Fahrrad<br />

Luxury meal by bicycle<br />

Wer auf gutes Essen nicht verzichten will, aber<br />

wegen vieler Meetings kaum dazu Zeit hat, kann<br />

nun bei Foodora bestellen. Der Lieferservice<br />

bringt köstliche Gerichte aus den qualitativ besten<br />

Restaurants der Stadt (z.B. Patara), ganz nach dem<br />

Motto: Essen wie im Luxusrestaurant.<br />

People who don‘t want to give up good food but<br />

hardly have any time because of the many meetings<br />

they have to attend, can now order online from<br />

Foodora. The logistics team delivers delicious<br />

dishes from the best high-quality restaurants (e.g.<br />

Patara) in town, true to the motto: fine dining just<br />

like in a luxury restaurant. foodora.at<br />

Scharfe Angelegenheit<br />

Spicy business<br />

Die Pfefferei bietet erstklassige Bio-Pfeffer und Salze aus aller<br />

Welt. Als Verpackungen werden nachhaltige Kartonagen<br />

verwendet, die Leinensäckchen sind handgenäht. Zudem wird<br />

jede Packung sorgfältig von Hand abgefüllt und etikettiert.<br />

Die Pfefferei supplies first-class organic pepper and salts from<br />

all around the world. They<br />

use sustainable cardboard<br />

packaging and the small linen<br />

bags are hand-sewn.<br />

Furthermore, every packet is<br />

filled and labelled<br />

meticulously by hand.<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE WEEKENDER<br />

Schnittstelle der Kulturen<br />

Junction of cultures<br />

Sehenswert: der Botanische Garten<br />

und die Jahrhunderthalle.<br />

Worth a visit: the botanical garden<br />

and the Centennial Hall.<br />

HOTELTIPP<br />

Die niederschlesische Stadt Breslau ist in diesem Jahr eine<br />

von zwei Europäischen Kulturhauptstädten. Die Wahl<br />

hätte gar nicht besser ausfallen können.<br />

The Lower Silesian city of Wroclaw in Poland is one of<br />

two European Capitals of Culture this year. The choice<br />

could not have been better.<br />

Text: Gerald Sturz<br />

Venedig des Ostens.<br />

Breslau bietet dem Besucher<br />

nicht nur ein abwechslungsreiches<br />

Programm.<br />

Venice of the East.<br />

Wroclaw offers visitors not<br />

only a diversified programme.<br />

PHOTOS: POLISH TOURIST ORGANISATION<br />

Mit der Entscheidung, die niederschlesische<br />

Stadt Breslau zu einer von zwei Europäischen<br />

Kulturhauptstädten 2<strong>01</strong>6 (die andere<br />

ist das baskische San Sebastián) zu ernennen, hat<br />

die Auswahlkommission der EU eine ziemlich kluge<br />

Wahl getroffen.<br />

„Hinter dem Projekt der Europäischen Kulturhauptstadt“,<br />

so heißt es, „steht die Idee des gegenseitigen<br />

Kennenlernens, der Annäherung und des interkulturellen<br />

Dialogs der Europäer“. Breslau war<br />

immer schon eine Schnittstelle der Kulturen. Doch<br />

die Zeitläufte, so stellen wir hier bald fest, haben es<br />

nicht immer gut gemeint. Breslau, das auf Polnisch<br />

Wrocław heißt, hat sie alle kommen und gehen gesehen:<br />

die Deutschen, die Österreicher, die Böhmen,<br />

die Ungarn, die Polen, die Katholiken, die Juden und<br />

die Protestanten, die Hanse, den Adel, den sowjetischen<br />

Sozialismus und die Bürgerrechtsbewegung<br />

Solidarnosc. Sie alle haben ihre Spuren hinterlassen.<br />

Nach dem Ende des Zweiten Weltkrieges wurde<br />

die Bevölkerung fast vollständig ausgetauscht. Die<br />

Deutschen gingen und die Vertriebenen und die<br />

Heimatlosen aus der Westukraine und aus Ostpolen<br />

zogen zu. Wenn nun in einer Zeit, in der wir Zeugen<br />

einer Völkerwanderung sind, die Europa und den<br />

Nahen Osten erfasst hat, Breslau, die Stadt, deren<br />

heutige Bevölkerung einst von Flüchtlingen geprägt<br />

wurde, zur Kulturhauptstadt ernannt wird, dann ist<br />

das ein Zeichen, ein Signal.<br />

Heute ist Breslau eine selbstbewusste, eigenständige<br />

und eigenwillige Stadt. Mit ihren 640.000 Einwohnern<br />

ist sie die viertgrößte Stadt Polens und mit<br />

mehr als 100.000 Studenten eine junge und vitale<br />

Stadt.<br />

Dass Breslau immer schon eine schöne Stadt gewesen<br />

sein muss, lässt sich aus dem Beinamen<br />

schließen, den sie im Lauf der Zeit bekommen hat:<br />

„Europas heilige Blume, die schöne Zier unter den<br />

Städten“. Nun mag man von solchen blumigen Bezeichnungen<br />

halten, was man will. Eine wirklich<br />

schöne und besuchenswerte Stadt ist Breslau auf jeden<br />

Fall.<br />

Breslau zählt zu jenen Städten, die schnell einen<br />

Vergleich mit Venedig evozieren. „Venedig des Ostens“<br />

wird es also auch gern genannt, was daran liegt,<br />

dass die Oder sich hier in viele Nebenflüsse verzweigt<br />

und zahlreiche Inseln bildet, die durch Brücken<br />

miteinander verbunden sind. Auf einer dieser<br />

Inseln befindet sich die gotische St. Johannes der<br />

Täufer Kathedrale, eines der Wahrzeichen und eine<br />

der herausragenden Sehenswürdigkeiten. Auf dieser<br />

sogenannten Dominsel ist vor mehr als tausend Jahren<br />

Breslau entstanden.<br />

Der Rynek, der mittelalterliche Haupt- und<br />

Marktplatz, ist ein eindrucksvolles Ensemble und sicherlich<br />

einer der schönsten Plätze Europas. Nicht<br />

ohne Grund fühlen sich viele Besucher an das nahe<br />

Krakau erinnert. Weitere Sehenswürdigkeiten sind<br />

das klassizistische Opernhaus, Häuser, die im Jugendstil<br />

errichtet wurden, ein Rathaus, das Gestaltungselemente<br />

der Renaissance zeigt, die barocke<br />

Universität, die modernistische Jahrhunderthalle.<br />

Ein faszinierender Architekturmix also. Gesehen haben<br />

sollte der Besucher der Stadt auch das Panorama<br />

Raclawicka, ein 114 Meter langes und 15 Meter hohes<br />

Rundgemälde, das eine Schlacht während des<br />

polnisch-russischen Krieges im 18. Jahrhundert<br />

zeigt. Einen Gang durch die Geschichte der Stadt<br />

kann man im ehemaligen Königspalast am Rande<br />

der Altstadt unternehmen. Der barocke Bau war<br />

zeitweilig die Residenz des preußischen Königs<br />

Friedrich II.; heute beherbergt er das Muzeum Historyczne,<br />

das Historische Museum (www.muzeum.<br />

miejskie.wroclaw.pl).<br />

Berühmtestes Restaurant ist der Piwnica<br />

Świdnicka (strona.piwnicaswidnicka.com), der<br />

Schweidnitzer Keller, der sich im Keller des Alten<br />

Rathauses befindet und in dem angeblich schon<br />

Chopin, Goethe und Kaiser Wilhelm I. samt Bismarck<br />

ihr Bier getrunken haben.<br />

Nun also ist Breslau Europäische Kulturhauptstadt<br />

2<strong>01</strong>6. Das Programm ist dicht: Mehr als 1.000<br />

Veranstaltungen wird es in diesen Monaten geben,<br />

Hotel Monopol<br />

Das Hotel Monopol ist eine<br />

Legende, ein Fünf-Sterne-<br />

Haus, das eine große<br />

Geschichte hat. Marlene<br />

Dietrich wohnte hier und<br />

Pablo Picasso. Wer zu den<br />

Bürgern von Breslau<br />

sprechen wollte, der tat<br />

das vom Balkon des<br />

Hauses. Zum Hotel gehört<br />

auch ein elegantes<br />

Restaurant, von dessen<br />

großen Fenstern man auf<br />

die Oper blickt, und ein<br />

Wellnessbereich mit<br />

Indoor-Pool, Fitness-Raum<br />

und Sauna.<br />

The Hotel Monopol is a<br />

legendary, five-star place<br />

with great history. Marlene<br />

Dietrich stayed here as<br />

well as Pablo Picasso.<br />

Speeches to the citizens of<br />

Wroclaw were delivered<br />

from the balcony of the<br />

building. The hotel also has<br />

an elegant restaurant<br />

whose large windows<br />

overlook the opera, and a<br />

spa with indoor pool,<br />

fitness room and sauna.<br />

HOTEL MONOPOL<br />

Heleny Modrzejewskiej 2<br />

monopolwroclaw.hotel.com.pl<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE WEEKENDER<br />

Das Panorama Raclawicka<br />

zeigt eine Schlacht während<br />

des polnisch-russischen<br />

Krieges im 18. Jahrhundert<br />

(links und unten).<br />

The panorama Raclawicka<br />

shows a battle of the<br />

Polish-Russian war in the 18th<br />

century (left and below).<br />

INFO<br />

Im Zentrum der Stadt: der<br />

Marktplatz Rynek.<br />

In the center of the city: the<br />

market square Rynek.<br />

Theater, Film, Ausstellungen, Performances und vieles<br />

mehr. Am Eröffnungswochenende Mitte Januar<br />

gab es einen „Zug der Geister der Stadt“ mit Lichtinstallationen,<br />

Happenings und Feuerwerk. Eine Theaterolympiade<br />

wird stattfinden und die Stadt wird<br />

Schauplatz der Verleihung des Europäischen Filmpreises<br />

sein. Das Theaterstück „Der Tod und das<br />

Mädchen“ der österreichischen Literaturnobelpreisträgerin<br />

Elfriede Jelinek wird aufgeführt. Es wird einen<br />

Carneval Cubano geben und ein „Jazz an der<br />

Oder“-Festival. Und weil Breslau in diesem Jahr außerdem<br />

auch noch die UNESCO Welt-Buch-Hauptstadt<br />

ist, ein geballtes Programm an literarischen<br />

Events.<br />

„Städte, die den Titel der Europäischen Kulturhauptstadt<br />

tragen“, lesen wir im Programm, „genießen<br />

ein Jahr lang die Aufmerksamkeit von ganz Europa“.<br />

Einerseits. Andererseits öffnet das<br />

Kulturhauptstadt-Jahr auch ein Fenster: hinaus aus<br />

einer nationalistischen Enge in eine multikulturelle,<br />

wilde, spannende, dynamische Welt. Breslau 2<strong>01</strong>6,<br />

so steht es weiter im Programm, „schafft einen offenen,<br />

dynamischen und freundlichen Raum.“ Und so<br />

konnte das Timing diesmal gar nicht besser sein.<br />

By deciding to appoint the Lower Silesian city<br />

of Wroclaw to one of two European Capitals<br />

of Culture in 2<strong>01</strong>6 (the other is the Basque<br />

city of San Sebastián), the EU Commission made a<br />

pretty wise choice.<br />

„The basis of the European Capital of Culture<br />

project,“ they say, „is the idea of getting to know one<br />

another, a closer approach and intercultural dialogue<br />

between Europeans“. Wroclaw has always been a<br />

juncture of cultures. But the past has not always been<br />

kind, we soon discover. Wroclaw has seen many<br />

come and go: Germans, Austrians, Bohemians, Hungarians,<br />

Poles, Catholics, Jews and Protestants, the<br />

Hanse, the nobility, Soviet socialism and the Civil<br />

Rights Movement Solidarity. They all left their mark.<br />

After the end of World War II, the population was<br />

almost completely exchanged. The Germans left and<br />

displaced and homeless people from western Ukraine<br />

and from eastern Poland moved in. When Wroclaw,<br />

the city whose present population was once<br />

dominated by refugees, is appointed European Capital<br />

of Culture during a period when we are witnessing<br />

mass migrations that has gripped Europe<br />

and the Middle East, then that is a sign, a signal.<br />

Today, Wroclaw is a confident, independent and<br />

unconventional city. With its 640,000 inhabitants, it<br />

is the fourth largest city in Poland including more<br />

than 100,000 young and energetic students.<br />

Wroclaw must always have been a beautiful city.<br />

Its nickname, earned over time, leaves no doubt:<br />

„Europe‘s sacred flower, the beautiful ornament<br />

among cities“. One might not necessarily be a fan of<br />

such embellished descriptions, however, one thing is<br />

for certain – Wroclaw is definitely a town well worth<br />

visiting.<br />

It is a city that quickly evokes a comparison with<br />

Venice. Therefore, it is also often called „Venice of<br />

the East“, owing to the fact that the Odra river has<br />

many tributaries which form numerous islands, interconnected<br />

by bridges. One of these islands is<br />

home of the Gothic St John the Baptist Cathedral, a<br />

landmark and one of the outstanding sights. Wroclaw<br />

originated more than a thousand years ago on<br />

this so-called Cathedral Island.<br />

The Rynek, the main and medieval market square,<br />

is an impressive place and certainly one of the most<br />

beautiful squares in Europe. It’s not without reason<br />

that many visitors feel that it is reminiscent of close-<br />

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by Kraków. Other attractions include the neo-classical<br />

Opera House, Art Nouveau style built houses, the<br />

town hall with design elements of the Renaissance,<br />

the Baroque university, the modernist Centennial<br />

Hall. A fascinating blend of architecture. Visitors<br />

should not miss the Raclawicka panorama, a 114<br />

metre long and 15 metre high circular painting, depicting<br />

a battle during the Polish-Russian war in the<br />

18th century. A walk through the city‘s history can<br />

be enjoyed in the former royal palace on the edge of<br />

the old town. The Baroque building was temporarily<br />

the residence of the Prussian King Frederick II. Today,<br />

it houses the Muzeum Historyczne, the Historical<br />

Museum (muzeum.miejskie.wroclaw.pl).<br />

The most famous restaurant is Piwnica Świdnicka<br />

(strona.piwnicaswidnicka.com), which is located at<br />

the Old Town Hall and where allegedly Chopin,<br />

Goethe and Emperor Wilhelm I. including Bismarck<br />

already drank their beer.<br />

So now Wroclaw is European Capital of Culture<br />

in 2<strong>01</strong>6. The programme is filled: More than 1,000<br />

events will be available throughout the months, theatre,<br />

films, exhibitions, performances and much<br />

more. On the opening weekend in mid-January, a<br />

„ghosts of the city parade“ with light installations,<br />

happenings and fireworks took place. Theatre olympics<br />

will be carried out and the city will host the<br />

award ceremony of the European Film Awards. The<br />

play „Death and the Maiden“ by the Austrian Nobel<br />

Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek will be performed. A<br />

Carnival Cubano and the „Jazz on the Odra“ festival<br />

is included in the programme. And because Wroclaw<br />

is also the UNESCO World Book Capital this year, a<br />

wide-ranging programme of literary events is on the<br />

agenda.<br />

„Cities that bear the title of European Capital of<br />

Culture,“ as written in the programme, „enjoy the<br />

attention of all of Europe for a year.“ On the one<br />

hand. On the other hand, the Capital of Culture year<br />

also opens a window of opportunity from a nationalistic<br />

narrowness to a multicultural, wild, exciting,<br />

dynamic world. “Wroclaw in 2<strong>01</strong>6,” the programme<br />

continues to write, „creates an open, dynamic and<br />

friendly space.“ The timing could not be better.<br />

‘striving for<br />

EXCELLENCE, by<br />

ENGAGING minds,<br />

EXCITING learners,<br />

acting ETHICALLY and<br />

showing EMPATHY’<br />

Wrocław 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Mit mehr als 1.000<br />

Veranstaltungen wird das<br />

Kulturhauptstadtjahr<br />

begangen. Informationen<br />

zum Programm und zu<br />

allen Events findet man<br />

unter:<br />

More than 1,000 events<br />

are held throughout the<br />

Capital of Culture year.<br />

Information about the<br />

programme and all events<br />

can be found at:<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE SUITE DREAMS<br />

Suite Dreams<br />

Hotel Imperial Wien, Fürstensuiten | Hotel Imperial Vienna, Royal Suites<br />

Text: Rois & Stubenrauch<br />

Seit der amerikanische Präsident Woodrow<br />

Wilson in seiner Amtszeit von 1913 – 1921 seine<br />

spezifischen Anforderungen an ein Hotelzimmer<br />

für seine Amtsreisen formulierte, verfügt jedes<br />

Fünfsternehotel über eine Presidential oder Royal<br />

Suite für höchste Würdenträger und Staatsgäste.<br />

Cercle Diplomatique hat Mario Habicher, Generaldirektor<br />

des Hotel Imperial Wien um ein paar<br />

Worte zu den Fürstensuiten des ehrwürdigen<br />

Ringstraßenpalais gebeten.<br />

uring his time in office (1913–1921), the<br />

D American President Woodrow Wilson<br />

specified particular demands his hotel room was to<br />

meet. Since then, each five star hotel offers a<br />

Presidential or Royal Suite for high dignitaries or<br />

state guests. Cercle Diplomatique asked general<br />

director Mario Habicher to give us a little insight<br />

into the Royal Suites at Hotel Imperial Vienna.<br />

Generaldirektor<br />

Mario Habicher<br />

über die Fürstensuiten<br />

des Hotel<br />

Imperial Wien.<br />

General Director<br />

Mario Habicher<br />

about the Royal<br />

Suites at Hotel<br />

Imperial Vienna.<br />

Wie viele Räumlichkeiten stehen dem Gast der Fürstensuiten<br />

zur Verfügung?<br />

Was heute die Fürstensuiten, waren einst die privaten Gemächer des<br />

Hausherrn Herzog Philipp von Württemberg. Gekrönte Häupter und<br />

Staatsgäste, Künstler und Weltstars aus drei Jahrhunderten schritten<br />

die berühmte Fürstenstiege empor, um ergriffen einzutreten in eine<br />

Welt von gediegenem Luxus. Die zwei Fürstensuiten verfügen über je<br />

160 Quadratmeter. Gepolsterte Doppelflügeltüren führen zum<br />

weitläufigen Schlafzimmer und dem lichtdurchfluteten Wohnsalon.<br />

Erweitert durch drei Schlafzimmer nehmen die imposanten<br />

Räumlichkeiten der Belle Etage die gesamte Stirnfront des Hotel<br />

Imperial ein.<br />

Wird sich am imperialen Stil der Fürstensuiten mit der gerade<br />

erfolgten Übernahme des Hotel Imperial Wien durch die Al<br />

Habtoor Group aus den Vereinigten Arabischen Emiraten etwas<br />

ändern?<br />

Das kostbare Interieur unserer einzigartigen Fürstensuiten wird<br />

beibehalten werden. Die prächtigen Kristallleuchter, die schwerelos<br />

unter sieben Meter hohen Stuckdecken funkeln, die Ehrfurcht<br />

gebietenden Parkettböden, wertvolle Ölgemälde und die in Seide<br />

gehüllten Wände werden unverändert unsere Gäste erfreuen.<br />

Gäste begrüßen und kennenlernen dürfen, deren Namen ich aus<br />

Diskretionsgründen nicht nennen möchte. Ganz besonders spannend<br />

war ebenso die Ausrichtung der drei Syrien-Gipfeltreffen bei uns im<br />

Hotel Imperial.<br />

How many rooms are available to guests of the Royal Suites at?<br />

What the Royal Suites are today were once the private rooms of the<br />

landlord Duke Philipp of Württemberg. Crowned heads and state<br />

guests, artists and international stars from three centuries ascended<br />

the famous royal stairs to enter into a world of dignified opulence. The<br />

two Royal Suites feature 160 square metres each. Padded double doors<br />

lead to the spacious bedroom and the living room flooded with light.<br />

When expanded by three bedrooms, the impressive premises of the<br />

state rooms take up the entire front face of the Hotel Imperial.<br />

Will the Imperial style of the Royal Suites be changed due to the<br />

recent takeover of the Hotel Imperial Vienna by the Al Habtoor<br />

Group from the United Arab Emirates?<br />

The precious interior of the unique Royal Suites will be kept.<br />

Magnificent crystal chandeliers sparkle from seven metre high stucco<br />

ceilings, formidable parquet floors, valuable oil paintings and walls<br />

covered in silk will delight our guests also in the future.<br />

PHOTOS: MATTHIAS HAMEL, KRAUSE, JOHANSEN, HOTEL IMPERIAL<br />

Welches außergewöhnliche Service Ihres Hauses für die Gäste<br />

der Suiten erfüllt Sie mit besonderem Stolz?<br />

Dank unseres exklusiven Butler Service wird den Fürstensuiten Gästen<br />

jeder erdenkliche Luxus geboten, und unausgesprochene Wünsche<br />

werden von den Augen abgelesen. Eine „Gästekartei“, die bis ins Jahr<br />

1958 zurückreicht, hilft dabei und gewährleistet einen speziell auf den<br />

Gast abgestimmten Service.<br />

Was war der ausgefallenste Wunsch, den sie bis anhin einem<br />

Gast der Fürstensuiten erfüllt haben?<br />

Ein Gast wollte einen Hund kaufen, den wir selbstverständlich aus<br />

bester Zucht organisierten. Der Welpe sollte allein auf einem Sitzplatz<br />

im Flugzeug in die Heimat des zukünftigen Herrn gesandt werden. Als<br />

der Concierge sich erlaubte, darauf hinzuweisen, dass Luftlinien auf<br />

unbegleitete Hunde problematisch reagieren, war die Antwort des<br />

Gastes knapp und pragmatisch: “Don’t worry, it’s my airline!“<br />

Welche prominenten Gäste durften Sie schon in den Suiten<br />

empfangen?<br />

Seit meinem Amtsantritt im Oktober 2<strong>01</strong>5 habe ich viele prominente<br />

Which exceptional service you provide for guests of the Suites<br />

fills you with great pride?<br />

Thanks to our exclusive butler service, any possible luxury is on offer to<br />

guests of the Royal Suites, and unspoken wishes are catered for. A<br />

„guest profile“ which dates back to 1958 helps and guarantees a<br />

specially tailored service to the guests.<br />

What was the most unusual request by a guest in the Royal Suites<br />

that you have fulfilled?<br />

A guest wanted to buy a dog which we organised, of course, from a<br />

prime breeder. The puppy was to be sent alone on a seat on the plane<br />

to the home of the future owner. When the concierge carefully pointed<br />

out that airlines might refuse the transfer of unaccompanied dogs, the<br />

answer was short and pragmatic: „Don’t worry, it‘s my airline!“<br />

Which celebrity guests have stayed in the Suites?<br />

Since taking office in October 2<strong>01</strong>5, I have got to know many<br />

prominent guests whose names I will not disclose for reasons of<br />

discretion. In particular, it was very exciting to host the three Syria<br />

summits at the Hotel Imperial Vienna.<br />

INFO:<br />

HOTEL IMPERIAL WIEN<br />

Kärntner Ring 16<br />

1<strong>01</strong>5 Wien<br />

+43 1 5<strong>01</strong>100<br />

imperialvienna.com<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE HIDEAWAYS<br />

Kleine Fluchten<br />

Little Escapes<br />

Zeit für eine frühlingshafte Auszeit? Wir haben vier Empfehlungen für Sie | Time for a spring break? We have four recommendations for you!<br />

MEHR ENTSPANNUNG<br />

MORE RELAXATION<br />

PHOTOS: CATHRINE STUKHARD (6), INGO PERTRAMER, PETR BLAHA, CHRISTOF WAGNER, BEIGESTELLT<br />

Feriendorf Holzleb’n<br />

Hier ist für exklusives Frühlingserwachen gesorgt! Wenn<br />

Gäste im Feriendorf Holzleb’n in Großarl (Salzburg) in<br />

ihr Chalet kommen, erwartet sie neben der idyllischen<br />

Almhüttenatmosphäre ab sofort eine freistehende<br />

Badewanne an der frischen Bergluft.<br />

Das Feriendorf Holzleb’n liegt eingebettet im schönen<br />

Salzburger Land. Acht exklusive Chalets mit Wellnessluxus<br />

und sieben gemütliche Ferienwohnungen laden auf den Hof<br />

der Familie Fischbacher ein, die ihre Gäste verwöhnt und<br />

ihnen die Schönheiten der Natur näherbringt. Wer einmal<br />

Sepp Fischbacher bei der Stallarbeit geholfen oder selbst<br />

seinen Fisch zum Grillen aus dem Fischteich gefischt hat, für<br />

den löst sich der Alltag in Schall und Rauch auf. Wie gut<br />

frisches Bauernbrot, selbst gemachte Marmelade und<br />

Almbutter zum Frühstück schmecken – davon können sich<br />

Urlauber im Feriendorf Holzleb’n überzeugen. Und die<br />

Kinder dürfen neben dem Streichelzoo beim Kühe Füttern<br />

und bei der Heuernte helfen oder sogar im Heu übernachten.<br />

Unser Tipp: Beim „Holzleb’n Frühlingserwachen“ erhält<br />

man in der Zeit von 2. April bis 14. Mai 2<strong>01</strong>6 ab einem<br />

Aufenthalt von 4 Nächten eine Nacht geschenkt.<br />

Step into spring in an exclusive setting! When guests<br />

enter their chalet at Holzleb’n Holiday Village in Großarl<br />

(Salzburg), they are greeted not only by the idyllic alpine<br />

cabin atmosphere, but now also by a freestanding bath in<br />

the fresh mountain air.<br />

The Holzleb’n Holiday Village is located in the beautiful<br />

province of Salzburg. The farm has eight exclusive chalets<br />

with a luxurious spa and seven cosy holiday apartments. It<br />

is run by the Fischbacher family who enjoy pampering their<br />

guests and letting them experience the beauty of nature at<br />

first hand. Guests can help Sepp Fischbacher in the stable or<br />

catch their own fish in the fish pond to then be barbecued<br />

– and they find that their everyday life is just a distant<br />

memory. Delicious fresh farmhouse bread, home-made jam<br />

and mountain butter at breakfast – holidaymakers at<br />

Feriendorf Holzleb’n get to try it for themselves. Children<br />

can visit the petting zoo as well as feed the cows and help<br />

with the hay harvest or even spend the night in hay. Our tip:<br />

during “Holzleb’n Frühlingserwachen”, guests can step into<br />

spring and when they stay here between 2 and 14 May 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

for at least four nights, one night is free.<br />

INFO:<br />

Feriendorf Holzleb´n<br />

Unterberg 8<br />

5611 Großarl<br />

Tel.: +43 (0) 6414/ 2130<br />

holzlebn.at<br />

Arthotel Blaue Gans, Stadt Salzburg<br />

Das Boutiquehotel direkt an der Getreidegasse, verbindet<br />

historisches Ambiente mit Design und mehr als 100<br />

Originalkunstwerken. Mit edlem Restaurant in mittelalterlichen<br />

Gemäuern sowie traditionell-österreichischer Küche<br />

und Salzburger Spezialitäten.<br />

The boutique hotel right on Getreidegasse combines a<br />

historical atmosphere with design and more than 100<br />

original works of art. With a first-class restaurant within<br />

medieval walls as well as traditional Austrian cuisine and<br />

Salzburg specialities.<br />

blauegans.at<br />

Seehotel Das Traunsee, Traunkirchen<br />

Am malerischen Traunsee im Herzen des Salzkammerguts<br />

befindet sich das 4-Sterne-Superior-Hotel der Familie<br />

Gröller mit eigenem Steg. Küchenchef Lukas Nagl etablierte<br />

das dazugehörige à-la-carte-Restaurant „Bootshaus“ als<br />

kulinarischen Hotspot.<br />

Located on the banks of the picturesque Traunsee lake in the<br />

heart of the Salzkammergut area, the Gröller family runs<br />

this 4-star superior hotel that has its own jetty. The chef<br />

Lukas Nagl has turned the hotel‘s “Bootshaus” à la carte<br />

restaurant into a culinary hotspot. dastraunsee.at<br />

Genießerhotel Mühltalhof,<br />

Neufelden<br />

Der Mühltalhof, am Ufer der Großen<br />

Mühl gelegen, ist für Foodies ja schon<br />

seit langem ein köstlicher Hafen. Nach<br />

dem von Papa und Sohn Rachinger<br />

bereiteten Essen, lässt es sich in den<br />

charmanten Zimmern bestens verweilen.<br />

The Mühltalhof hotel, located on the shores of the Große<br />

Mühl river, has been a tasty haven for foodies for a while<br />

now. After enjoying the meal prepared by father and son<br />

Rachinger, guests can relax in their charming room.<br />

muehltalhof.at<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE MUSEUM VISIT<br />

Best of Art Brut<br />

Art/Brut Center Gugging, Maria Gugging, Niederösterreich | Lower Austria<br />

Text & Interview: Rois & Stubenrauch<br />

DIRECTOR’S TALK<br />

INFO<br />

Rudolf Horacek, Rudolf Horacek in Mannswörth, 1984;<br />

Ansicht „Haus der Künstler“ (rechts). Sight to the „House of<br />

the artists“ (right).<br />

Gugging gilt als eines der wichtigsten Zentren<br />

der Art Brut weltweit. Die ausdrucksstarken<br />

Arbeiten von Künstlern wie August Walla,<br />

Oswald Tschirtner oder Johann Hauser, die im Pavillon<br />

11 der ehemaligen Landesnervenheilanstalt –<br />

heute das „Haus der Künstler“ - lebten und malten,<br />

erlangten ab den 1970er Jahren rasch die Aufmerksamkeit<br />

und Anerkennung der Kunstwelt. 2006 zum<br />

Art/Brut Center erweitert, zeigt das Museum heute<br />

neben Hauptwerken der Gugginger Künstler auch<br />

gegenwärtige Positionen und internationale Art<br />

Brut. In der aktuellen Ausstellung „gugging.! meisterwerke“<br />

sind zahlreiche der im „Haus der Künstler“<br />

entstandenen und inzwischen in verschiedenen<br />

Sammlungen in der ganzen Welt verstreuten Arbeiten<br />

erstmals seit vielen Jahren wieder gemeinsam in<br />

Gugging zu sehen.<br />

Gugging is considered one of the main centres<br />

of Art Brut worldwide. The expressive works<br />

by artists such as August Walla, Oswald<br />

Tschirtner or Johann Hauser, who lived in the pavilion<br />

11 of the former state mental hospital – today the<br />

„House of the Artists“ – quickly gained the attention<br />

and recognition of the art world from the 1970s onwards.<br />

In 2006, it was expanded to the Art/Brut Centre,<br />

where the museum today also displays contemporary<br />

items and international Art Brut next to<br />

major works by the Gugging Artists. In the current<br />

exhibition „gugging.! masterpieces“, numerous<br />

works created in the House of the Artists, now scattered<br />

in various collections all over the world, are<br />

shown together again in Gugging for the first time in<br />

many years.<br />

PHOTOS: PRIVATSTIFTUNG KÜNSTLER AUS GUGGING; MUSEUM IM LAGERHAUS, STIFTUNG FÜR SCHWEIZERISCHE NAIVE KUNST UND ART BRUT, ST. GALLEN; M.HORVATH<br />

Prof. Dr. Johann Feilacher<br />

Künstlerischer Direktor und Kurator des Museum Gugging | Artistic director and curator of the Museum Gugging<br />

Prof. Dr. Johann Feilacher, Facharzt für Psychiatrie und Neurologie, übernahm 1986 von Leo Navratil die Leitung des Zentrums für<br />

Kunst- und Psychotherapie in Gugging, das er in „Haus der Künstler“ umbenannte. Seit 2006 ist Johann Feilacher, der selbst als<br />

Bildhauer tätig ist, künstlerischer Direktor des von ihm mitbegründeten Museum Gugging.<br />

Prof. Dr Johann Feilacher, specialist in psychiatry and neurology, took over the management of the Centre for Art and Psychotherapy in<br />

Gugging in 1986 from Leo Navratil, which he renamed the „House of the Artists“. Since 2006 Johann Feilacher, himself a sculptor, has been<br />

artistic director of the Museum Gugging, which he co-founded.<br />

Haben sich Ihre Erwartungen anlässlich der Erweiterung zum<br />

Art/Brut Center vor zehn Jahren und der Eröffnung des<br />

Museum Gugging, für das Sie viele Jahre gekämpft haben,<br />

erfüllt?<br />

Absolut. Das Art/Brut Center mit galerie gugging, atelier gugging,<br />

museum gugging, sowie die Privatstiftung - Künstler aus Gugging,<br />

konnten im letzten Jahrzehnt zeigen, was erstklassige Gugginger und<br />

internationale Art Brut ist und sie in einem für diesen Sektor neuen<br />

Modus zeigen, einfach so, wie anerkannte Weltkunst präsentiert wird.<br />

Die Künstler der ersten Generation wie August Walla oder<br />

Johann Hauser haben Gugging bekannt gemacht. Wer sind<br />

denn die aktuellen „Stars“ des Haus der Künstler?<br />

Es gibt mehrere anerkannte neue Künstler der Gegenwart in Gugging,<br />

so hat etwa Günther Schützenhöfer großen Erfolg auch in den USA,<br />

aber auch Jürgen Tauscher und etwa Leonhard Fink sind große Talente.<br />

Ist der von Jean Dubuffet geprägte Begriff „Art Brut“ für die<br />

unbeeinflusste Kunst von Laien und Menschen mit einer<br />

geistigen Beeinträchtigung in der gegenwärtigen Kunstwelt<br />

nicht längst fließend? Oder anders gefragt: Was ist das<br />

Einzigartige der Werke, die in Gugging entstehen, verglichen<br />

mit Arbeiten aus dem regulären Kunstbetrieb?<br />

Dehnt man das Interesse auch auf „Self-Taught Art“, also Kunst von<br />

Autodidakten aus, die vielerorts in den großen Topf der „Outsider Art“<br />

geworfen wird, gibt es schon Übergänge. Wenn man die Definition von<br />

Art Brut von Jean Dubuffet allerdings so sieht, dass es sich um von<br />

kultureller Kunst unbeeinflusste Werke handelt, dann gibt es keine<br />

fließenden Grenzen und der Begriff ist klar. Die Gugginger Künstler<br />

schaffen Kunst, die in keiner Weise von „Kunst“ beeinflusst ist.<br />

In der Ausstellung „gugging.! meisterwerke“ sind zahlreiche<br />

Hauptwerke von Gugginger Künstlern aus internationalen<br />

Sammlungen zu sehen. Welche Arbeiten liegen Ihnen da<br />

besonders am Herzen?<br />

Selbstverständlich handelt es sich in dieser Ausstellung ausschließlich<br />

um Werke, die mir sehr am Herzen liegen. Persönlich schätze ich die<br />

Objekte von August Walla sehr, aber auch die Zeichnungen von<br />

Günther Schützenhöfer und Philipp Schöpke gehören zu meinen<br />

Top-Favoriten.<br />

Have your expectations regarding the Art/Brut Centre extension<br />

ten years ago and the opening of the Museum Gugging, which<br />

you spent many years fighting for, been met?<br />

Absolutely. The Art/Brut Centre with the gallery gugging, atelier<br />

gugging, museum gugging, and the Private Foundation - Gugging<br />

Artists has been able to prove throughout the last decade what top<br />

Gugging and international Art Brut is – and to show it in a new way in<br />

this sector, just like recognised world art is presented.<br />

The artists of the first generation such as August Walla or Johann<br />

Hauser first made Gugging known. Who are the current „stars“ of<br />

the House of the Artists?<br />

There are several new acknowledged contemporary artists in Gugging<br />

such as Günther Schützenhöfer, who enjoys great success in the US,<br />

but also Jürgen Tauscher and Leonhard Fink are great talents.<br />

Is the definition of „Art Brut“, coined by Jean Dubuffet for<br />

uninfluenced art by amateurs and people with intellectual<br />

impairment, not a fluid notion in the current art world? Or in<br />

other words: What is the uniqueness of the works created in<br />

Gugging compared with works from the regular art world?<br />

If we also extend interest on „Self-Taught Art“, meaning art by the<br />

self-taught, which is widely thrown into the realm of „Outsider Art“,<br />

there are already transitions. If Jean Dubuffet’s definition of Art Brut is<br />

seen such that it is unaffected by cultural art, then there are no fluid<br />

boundaries and the notion is clear. The Gugging Artists create art that<br />

is in no way influenced by „art“.<br />

In the exhibition „gugging.! masterpieces“, many major works by<br />

the Gugging Artists from international collections can be seen.<br />

Which pieces are closest to your heart?<br />

The exhibition of course only displays works that are very close to my<br />

heart. Personally, I appreciate the objects by August Walla but also the<br />

drawings by Günther Schützenhöfer and Philipp Schöpke are among<br />

my top favourites.<br />

Aktuelle<br />

Ausstellungen<br />

Museum Gugging<br />

Collections and current<br />

exhibitions at the<br />

Museum Gugging<br />

gugging.! meisterwerke<br />

bis 26.3.2<strong>01</strong>7<br />

Der Katalog zur Ausstellung<br />

ist im Museumsshop auch in<br />

limitierter Sonderausgabe<br />

mit jeweils zwei Originalradierungen<br />

von Künstlern aus<br />

Gugging erhältlich.<br />

gugging.! masterpieces<br />

until 26 March 2<strong>01</strong>7<br />

The exhibition catalogue is<br />

available as a limited special<br />

edition in the museum shop<br />

including two original<br />

etchings by artists from<br />

Gugging.<br />

Arnold Schmidt, Mensch,<br />

1988.<br />

art brut: japan - schweiz.!<br />

bis 22.5.2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

art brut: japan - switzerland.!<br />

until 22 May 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

ernst herbeck.! eine leise<br />

sprache ist mir lieber<br />

bis 22.5.2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

ernst herbeck.! i prefer a<br />

silent language<br />

until 22 May 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

birdman gestaltet die<br />

villa gugging<br />

bis 26.3.2<strong>01</strong>7<br />

birdman designs the villa<br />

gugging<br />

until 26 March 2<strong>01</strong>7<br />

Oben: Franz Gableck, Elefant, 1968. Franz Gableck, Elephant, 1968.<br />

Großes Bild: August Walla, Jesus.!, undatiert, Courtesy Sammlung Rolf Röthlisberger. Big art<br />

work: August Walla, Jesus.!, no date, courtesy Rolf Röthlisberger Collection.<br />

Rechts: Anna Kahmann, „Güggel“, 1994, Filzstift auf Papier. Right: Anna Kahmann, „Güggel“,<br />

1994, felt pen on paper.<br />

INFO:<br />

MUSEUM GUGGING<br />

Am Campus 2<br />

3400 Maria Gugging<br />

gugging.at<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE LIVING TRENDS<br />

Edles Wohnvergnügen<br />

Elegant living pleasure<br />

Text: Michaela Hocek<br />

Innenstadt- und Cottage-Lagen sind am Wiener Immobilien-Markt äußerst<br />

beliebt. Wer bereit ist, in eine exklusive Immobilie zu investieren, möchte auch ihr<br />

Innenleben mit eleganten und exquisiten Möbel und Design Pretiosen ausstatten.<br />

CD stellt Ihnen ausgesuchte Beispiele zum Wohnen vor.<br />

Inner city and cottage districts are very popular in the Viennese real estate market.<br />

Those who are willing to invest in an exclusive property will also desire to equip its<br />

interior with elegant and exquisite furniture and design. Cercle Diplomatique<br />

introduces selected examples for living.<br />

„Das Bewusstsein<br />

für die<br />

Immobilie als<br />

Wertanlage ist<br />

deutlich gestiegen,<br />

was auch<br />

mit dem aktuellen<br />

Zinsniveau zu<br />

tun hat.“<br />

”The awareness<br />

of property as an<br />

investment has<br />

grown, one reason<br />

is the current interest<br />

rate level.”<br />

Bernhard Reikersdorfer,<br />

REMAX Austria<br />

POLTRONA FRAU<br />

Stuhl mit Historie | Chair with history<br />

PHOTOS: APA LUDWIG SCHEDL, BEIGESTELLT<br />

REMAX<br />

Trend Maisonette | Maisonette trend<br />

Der Stuhl aus dem Jahr 1919 von Poltrona Frau ist Sitzgelegenheit<br />

und Leistungsschau zugleich: Handwerkliche Stepparbeit,<br />

lederbezogene Nägel, feinste wachsbehandelte Hölzer.<br />

The chair made in 1919 by Poltrona Frau serves as a seat as well<br />

as an exhibition piece: hand-crafted stitching, leather-covered<br />

nails, fine wax-treated woods. poltronafrau.com<br />

Lichtdurchflutete Dachgeschoßwohnungen mit Terrasse in<br />

verkehrsberuhigten Zonen wie Sievering, sind die Vorzüge von<br />

Luxusdomizilen in Wien-Döbling.<br />

Lofts flooded with light with a terrace in reduced-traffic areas<br />

such as Sievering, are the preferred type of luxury home in<br />

Vienna‘s Döbling district. remax.at<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE LIVING TRENDS<br />

NEVERENDING GLORY<br />

Neuinterpretation | Reinterpreted<br />

Opulenz in moderner Aufmachung ist ein Wohntrend, der bei mood<br />

Wien mit der Lampenserie des Prager Labels Lasvit zu finden ist.<br />

Opulence with a modern touch is a current interior design trend.<br />

A series of lamps designed by Lasvit, a brand from Prague, reflects<br />

this and can be found at mood in Vienna. lasvit.com<br />

KING KOIL<br />

Luxus-Schlafsystem | Luxurious sleeping system<br />

Erholsamer Schlaf wird bei King Koil Boxspringbetten durch ein<br />

ausgeklügeltes ergonomisches Liegesystem mit Mehrzonen-<br />

Federung, natürlichen Materialien die auch Allergikern gerecht<br />

werden und komfortabler Einstiegshöhe erreicht.<br />

King Koil‘s box-spring beds have a sophisticated, ergonomic bed<br />

system with a multi-zone spring system, natural materials, which<br />

are even suitable for allergy sufferers, and a comfortable height,<br />

ensuring a restful sleep. luxury-beds.at<br />

Imagefrage geklärt<br />

Innere Stadt, Hietzing und Döbling sind sehr<br />

wichtige Bezirke, wenn es um hochwertige Objekte<br />

geht. Oft sind es auch bestimmte „Mikrogrätzel“ in<br />

Wien, die den Unterschied beim Kaufpreis ausmachen.<br />

In puncto Luxusimmobilien beurteilt Baris<br />

Basaran, Immobilien- und Relocation-Agent bei Expat<br />

Consulting, das Image der Bundeshauptstadt positiv:<br />

„Wien hat in den letzten Jahren sehr stark aufgeholt,<br />

da die Stadt auch wegen ihrer historischen<br />

Gebäude, dem vielfältigen Kulturangebot und der<br />

ausgezeichneten Lebensqualität bei den Käufern<br />

sehr beliebt ist. Das Angebot ist jedoch im internationalen<br />

Vergleich noch sehr überschaubar und es ist<br />

nicht gleich alles Luxus, was auf dem Markt angeboten<br />

wird. Wobei Luxus natürlich sehr individuell ist<br />

und nicht pauschaliert werden kann. Es gibt einen<br />

gewissen internationalen Standard, wo Wien bei Villen<br />

und Luxuswohnungen enorm nachgezogen<br />

hat. In den letzten Jahren haben wir auch beobachtet,<br />

dass die Ansprüche unserer Klienten immer höher<br />

geworden sind.“ Mit Quadratmeterpreisen von<br />

Büro im Barocken Stadtpalais<br />

€ 8.000 bis über € 30.000 liegt die Stadt im guten internationalen<br />

Mittelfeld. Bernhard Reikersdorfer,<br />

Geschäftsführer von REMAX Austria macht für Gesamtösterreich<br />

einen Paralleltrend aus: „Auch<br />

Grundstücke in guten Lagen, also mit Seeblick oder<br />

in Seenähe, können weiterhin zu sehr guten Preisen<br />

verkauft werden, weil sie rar sind.“<br />

Vielschichtiges Käuferinteresse<br />

Internationale Familien mit Kindern bevorzugen<br />

eher grüne Lagen. Diese Entscheidung ist oft auch<br />

abhängig von der Erreichbarkeit der Schulen. Paare<br />

oder Käufer von Immobilien als Zweitwohnsitz bevorzugen<br />

eher Innerstädtisches. Die österreichischen<br />

Käufer bleiben im Luxusbereich konstant.<br />

Verschiebungen der Käuferströme gibt es aufgrund<br />

der aktuellen politischen und wirtschaftlichen Lage<br />

in Wien von Osteuropa weg hin zum arabischen sowie<br />

chinesischen und indischen Raum. Russische<br />

Käufer werden seltener aktiv und kaufen nur noch<br />

sehr vereinzelt. Im Westen Österreichs sind es überwiegend<br />

Interessenten aus der EU und ebenfalls aus<br />

NWW<br />

Geschützte<br />

Atmosphäre<br />

Protected atmosphere<br />

Mit Harlem designed by<br />

Wolfgang Joop hat die Neue<br />

Wiener Werkstätte eine<br />

Kollektion im Portfolio, die<br />

mit weichen Formen sanft<br />

umschließt.<br />

With Harlem designed by<br />

Wolfgang Joop, the Neue<br />

Wiener Werkstätte has a<br />

collection in its portfolio with<br />

soft, embracing forms.<br />

nww.at<br />

RAIFFEISEN<br />

Trend Stadthaus<br />

Town house trend<br />

Einem ehemaligen Familienhaus aus dem Jahre 1890 am<br />

Karmelitermarkt wurde mit bekannten Architekten und<br />

internationaler Handschrift neues Leben, inklusive raffinierter<br />

Haustechnik, auf neun Ebenen eingehaucht.<br />

Renowned architects and an international hallmark have<br />

breathed new life into a former family home on Karmelitermarkt<br />

built in 1890, which included sophisticated housing<br />

technology on nine levels.<br />

raiffeisen-immobilien.at<br />

Im Gespräch mit heimischen Immobilienexperten<br />

zeichnet sich ein positiver Trend ab. Die<br />

Preise pendeln sich auf konstant hohem Niveau<br />

ein, es sind keine Rekordbeträge mehr zu berappen,<br />

entscheidet man sich für die langfristige Wohnform<br />

des Luxuseigentums. Das Angebot ist tendenziell<br />

größer als die Nachfrage, wobei sich in zentralen Lagen<br />

nach wie vor das Gegenteil abzeichnet und bei<br />

trendigen Luxusbleiben in Form von Penthouses,<br />

Lofts und Maisonetten mit den höchsten Wertsteigerungen<br />

zu rechnen ist. Wien entwickelt hier noch<br />

mehr Dynamik als im Vorjahr. Eine Untersuchung<br />

des Immobilienexperten REMAX zeigt auf, wie viele<br />

Immobilien in Österreich allgemein unter den Begriff<br />

Luxusimmobilien fallen: Mit rund 4% aller verkauften<br />

Wohnungen in der Preiskategorie über<br />

500.000 Euro und 6,5% bei Einfamilienhäusern handelt<br />

es sich eher um ein sehr kleines Segment. Die<br />

Nische lässt sich auf wenige Bezirke, Ferienregionen,<br />

Seengebiete und Kitzbühel – wegen seiner Nähe zu<br />

München – eingrenzen.<br />

PHOTOS: BEIGESTELLT<br />

Palais Neupauer-Breuner<br />

1<strong>01</strong>0 Wien<br />

Büroräume mit besonderem Flair<br />

utzäche: 43m ift gute Ausstattung<br />

2 PKW-Abstellplätze<br />

Tel.: 0664/60 517 517 77<br />

Mag. Peter Fellhofer<br />

www.raieisen-immobilien.at<br />

www.metternich.at<br />

Tel.: 02735/2205<br />

Ing. Gerald Türk<br />

www.metternich.at<br />

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Auf ein wirtschaftliches bzw. familiäres Naheverhältnis zum Abgeber iSd. § 6 Abs. 4 MaklerG wird hingewiesen.<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE LIVING TRENDS<br />

„Die große Nachfrage nach Luxusimmobilien in Wien wird es noch<br />

geben, jedoch nicht den Preisanstieg der letzten Jahre.“ „The great<br />

demand for luxury real estate will still be there in Vienna, however not the<br />

price rise of the last years.“ Baris Basaran, Expat Consulting<br />

EXPAT<br />

CONSULTING<br />

Trend Stadtvilla<br />

Urban villa trend<br />

Mit knapp 1.000 m2<br />

Wohnfläche, eingebettet in<br />

einen hauseigenen Park, ist<br />

diese Villa im 19. Bezirk ein<br />

Vorzeigebeispiel für familiäre<br />

Luxusansprüche.<br />

This villa in the 19th district,<br />

with just under 1,000 m2<br />

living area, has its own park<br />

and is a prime example of a<br />

family‘s luxury expectations.<br />

expat-consulting.com<br />

arabischen Ländern, die sich für 1A-Lagen in sicheren<br />

Ländern entscheiden. Einige davon in Verbindung<br />

mit aktuellen Möbeltrends finden Sie auf diesen<br />

Seiten.<br />

When talking to local property experts, a<br />

positive trend becomes apparent. Prices<br />

have remained at a constantly high level,<br />

buyers no longer have to fork out record amounts if<br />

they choose to purchase long-term luxury property.<br />

Supply tends to be greater than demand, whereby the<br />

opposite is still the case for central locations. The<br />

highest level of appreciation is to be expected with<br />

trendy luxury accommodation such as penthouses,<br />

lofts and maisonettes. Vienna has become more dynamic<br />

in this respect compared to the previous year.<br />

A survey carried out by property expert Remax reveals<br />

how many properties in Austria fall into the<br />

luxury property category in general. With about 4%<br />

of all flats sold in the price range above 500,000 euros<br />

and 6.5% as single family homes, this is still a very<br />

small segment. This niche market is limited to just a<br />

few districts, holiday regions, lake areas and Kitzbühel<br />

– because of its proximity to Munich.<br />

Image set straight<br />

Innere Stadt, Hietzing and Döbling are very important<br />

districts for premium property. Specific “micro<br />

neighbourhoods” in Vienna also often influence<br />

the purchase price. When it comes to luxury property,<br />

Baris Basaran, a property and relocation agent at<br />

Expat Consulting, sees the federal capital‘s image as<br />

positive. “Vienna has caught up very strongly in the<br />

last few years as it is also very popular with buyers<br />

because of its historic buildings, various cultural<br />

events and the excellent quality of life. But when<br />

compared internationally, the number of properties<br />

on offer is quite modest and not everything on the<br />

market is in fact luxurious. Whereby luxury is naturally<br />

a personal matter and cannot be generalised.<br />

Vienna‘s villas and luxury flats have caught up with<br />

certain international standards. We have also noticed<br />

that our clients‘ demands have become higher in the<br />

last few years.” With square metre prices of €8,000 to<br />

€30,000+, the town ranks average internationally.<br />

Bernhard Reikersdorfer, managing director of Remax<br />

Austria, sees a parallel trend throughout Austria,<br />

“Even property in good locations, i.e. with a lake<br />

view or near a lake, can still be sold at very good prices<br />

because they are rare.”<br />

PHOTOS: BEIGESTELLT<br />

ADA<br />

Eleganter Purismus<br />

Elegant purism<br />

Geradlinigkeit und gemütliche Details wird von aktuellen<br />

Premium-Sitzmöbeln gefordert. Geschwungene Linien, Materialmix<br />

und zeitlose Eleganz sind ein stilsicheres Wohnstatement.<br />

The latest premium seating furniture demands clarity and cosy<br />

details. Curved lines, a mixture of materials and timeless elegance<br />

create a stylish statement. ada.at<br />

Multi-faceted buyer interests<br />

International families with children tend to prefer<br />

green locations. But this decision often depends on<br />

accessibility to schools. Couples or people buying a<br />

second home tend to prefer inner-city areas. The<br />

number of Austrian buyers in the luxury segment<br />

has remained stable. There are shifts in customer<br />

flows due to the current political and economic situation<br />

in Vienna from Eastern Europe through to the<br />

Arabian as well as Chinese and Indian regions. Russian<br />

buyers are less active and buy very infrequently.<br />

In western Austria, buyers mainly from the EU as<br />

well as Arabian countries choose prime locations in<br />

safe countries.<br />

Some properties can be found here, combined<br />

with the latest furniture trends.<br />

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12:00-15:00 and 17:30-23:00<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE MOTOR<br />

Neu auf Straße, Gelände und Rennstrecke<br />

For roads, racetracks and off-road<br />

Text: Rois & Stubenrauch<br />

Ford Edge: Markiger SUV mit<br />

amerikanischen Genen | Cutting-edge<br />

SUV with American genes<br />

Motor Engine<br />

R4 Diesel und Benziner, V6 Diesel<br />

Antrieb Drive<br />

Hinterradantrieb (ab Ende 2<strong>01</strong>6 auch Motoren mit 4MATIC<br />

Allradantrieb) | rear-wheel drive (engines with 4MATIC<br />

four-wheel drive from the end of 2<strong>01</strong>6)<br />

kW (PS) kw (HP) 135 – 190 (184 - 258)<br />

Hubraum Capacity<br />

1.991 – 2.987 ccm<br />

Kraftstoffverbrauch Fuel consumption 5,5 - 3,9 (Diesel) / 5,9 – 5,5 (Benziner) l /100 km<br />

Preis Price ab | from € 49.540,–<br />

In den USA längst ein Verkaufsschlager, mischt Ford mit dem neuen Ford Edge nun auch den europäischen Markt auf. Der Premium<br />

SUV, der im kanadischen Ford-Werk Oakville vom Band läuft, punktet mit kraftvollem Design, zahlreichen durchdachten Assistenz<br />

Systemen wie der adaptiven Lenkung, einer 180° Grad Frontkamera, Distanzsensoren oder einem mit drei Radarsensoren,<br />

Ultraschall und dem Kamerasystem arbeitenden Pre Collision Assist, sowie dem vergleichsweise günstigen Preis.<br />

Already a bestseller in the USA, Ford is now stirring up the European market with the new Ford Edge. The premium SUV, which is<br />

rolling off the lines in the Oakville Ford plant in Canada, scores<br />

with its strong design, numerous sophisticated assistance<br />

systems as well as adaptive steering, a 180° front wide-view<br />

camera, parking distance sensors and the Pre-Collision Assist<br />

fitted with three radar sensors, ultrasound and a camera system<br />

as well as the relatively favourable price.<br />

Motor Engine<br />

R4 Diesel<br />

Antrieb Drivex<br />

Vorderradantrieb mit automatisch zugeschaltetem Allradantrieb | front-wheel<br />

drive with automatic four-wheel drive<br />

kW (PS) kw (HP) 132 – 154 (180 - 220)<br />

Hubraum Capacity<br />

1.997 ccm<br />

Kraftstoffverbrauch Fuel consumption 6,4 l/100km<br />

Preis Price ab | from € 45.400,–<br />

BMW M2 Coupé: Maximaler Fahrspaß |<br />

Maximum driving pleasure<br />

Mercedes E-Klasse: State of the Art Ingenieurskunst aus Stuttgart | Mercedes E-Class: State-of-the-art engineering from Stuttgart<br />

Highlight der Detroit Auto Show 2<strong>01</strong>6 im Januar aus europäischer Sicht war sicherlich die Präsentation der neuen E-Klasse. Fast eine Milliarde Euro hat Mercedes laut<br />

Medienberichten in die Entwicklung der Baureihe 213 gesteckt. Äußerlich mit geschärfter Linienführung an das neue Mercedes-Design herangeführt, wartet das Innere der<br />

E-Klasse mit gediegener Eleganz und einer Reihe technischer Neuerungen auf: Touch-Bedienfelder am Lenkrad und Sprachsteuerung, wahlweise digitales Cockpit mit zwei<br />

12,3 Zoll Displays und eine ganze Menge neuer Assistenzsysteme – vom Drive Pilot für teilautonomes Fahren über den Brems-Assistenten, der selbsttätig Kollisionen<br />

verhindert, bis zur App für den Informationsaustausch über die aktuelle Verkehrslage.<br />

From a European perspective, the highlight of the Detroit Auto Show 2<strong>01</strong>6 in January was most certainly the unveiling of the new E-Class. According to media reports, Mercedes invested<br />

nearly a billion euros in developing the W213. The exterior in line with the new Mercedes design impresses with sharper lines, the interior of the E-Class boasts tasteful elegance and a<br />

number of technological advances: Touch control panels on the steering wheel and voice control, optional digital cockpit with two 12.3-inch screens and a whole range of new assistance<br />

systems – from Drive Pilot for semi-autonomous driving to Brake Assist, which automatically prevents collisions, through to an app for communicating current traffic conditions.<br />

FOTOS: XYXXYXYXY<br />

PHOTOS: HERSTELLER<br />

Jaguar F-Pace: Britischer offroad Adel |<br />

British off-road nobility<br />

Der erste SUV – oder Performance-Crossover, wie die Briten sagen – aus dem<br />

Hause Jaguar überzeugt. Nicht nur weil sich der Jaguar F-Pace bei der spektakulären<br />

Weltpremiere im Herbst auf der IAA mit dem Titel „Größter jemals mit einem<br />

Auto durchfahrener Looping“ ins Guinness-Buch der Rekorde eingeschrieben hat.<br />

Dynamik, Motorisierung (der V6 Benziner bringt 380 PS auf die Straße), Design,<br />

intelligente Assistenzsysteme für den Abstecher abseits der Straße - hier passt<br />

alles zusammen. Ein nobler Brite eben.<br />

The first SUV – or Performance Crossover, as the Brits call it – from Jaguar is<br />

impressive. Not only because the spectacular world premiere of the Jaguar F-Pace<br />

at the IAA in autumn set a Guinness World Record by being driven on the largest<br />

ever loop-the-loop. Dynamism, motorisation (the V6 petrol engine is capable of up<br />

to 380 HP), design, intelligent assistance systems for off-road trips – everything<br />

comes together perfectly. A noble Brit indeed.<br />

Motor Engine<br />

R4 Diesel, V6 Diesel und Benziner<br />

Antrieb Drivex<br />

AWD, 2l Diesel auch mit Hinterradantrieb | rear-wheel drive<br />

kW (PS) kw (HP) 132 – 280 (180 - 380)<br />

Hubraum Capacity<br />

1.999 – 2.995 ccm<br />

Kraftstoffverbrauch Fuel consumption 6,0 – 4,9 (Diesel) / 8,9 (Benziner) l/100km<br />

Preis | Price ab | from € 44.850,–<br />

Der neue BMW M2 ist nicht für die gemütliche Sonntagsfahrt ausgelegt. Ein Turbo<br />

Reihen-Sechszylinder mit 370 PS und das speziell für die hochtourigen M Motoren<br />

zugeschnittene Doppelkupplungsgetriebe, das Schalten ohne Kupplungspedal bei<br />

Vollgas und durchgehender Kraftübertragung ermöglicht, sprechen eine klare<br />

Sprache. 4,3 Sekunden benötigt der bayerische Bolide auf 100 km/h, die<br />

(abgeregelte) Höchstgeschwindigkeit liegt bei 270 km/h. Auch optisch sieht man<br />

dem M2 mit seinen großen Lufteinlässen, Vierrohrauspuff, weit ausgestellten<br />

Radhäusern und 19-Zoll-Felgen den Fahrspaß an.<br />

The new BMW M2 has not been designed for leisurely Sunday drives. A Turbo<br />

inline six-cylinder engine with 370 HP and a double clutch transmission especially<br />

made for the high-rev M engines, which enable gear changes at full throttle<br />

without using the clutch pedal and a continuous power transfer, speak for<br />

themselves. This Bavarian fireball can accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.3<br />

seconds, the (electronically limited) top speed is 270 km/h. The exterior of the<br />

M2 also reveals the expected driving pleasure, with its large air intakes, four<br />

tailpipes, prominent wheel arches and 19-inch rims.<br />

Motor Engine<br />

R6 Benzinmotor<br />

Antrieb Drivex<br />

Hinterradantrieb | rear-wheel drive<br />

kW (PS) kw (HP) 272 (370)<br />

Hubraum Capacity<br />

2.979 ccm<br />

Kraftstoffverbrauch Fuel consumption 8,5 l/100km<br />

Preis Price ab | from € 65.450,–<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE PRECIOUS OBJECTS<br />

Feine Dinge<br />

The finer things<br />

Die Begegnung mit exklusiven<br />

Neuheiten macht immer wieder aufs<br />

Neue Freude. Cercle Diplomatique gibt<br />

einen Überblick über Edles aus der<br />

Welt der Uhren, des Schmucks und<br />

der Mode.<br />

It is always a great pleasure to discover<br />

new exclusive products. Cercle Diplomatique<br />

has compiled an overview of<br />

great and wonderful things in the<br />

world of watches, jewellery and<br />

fashion.<br />

Text: Michaela Hocek<br />

GLANZVOLL.<br />

A.E. Köchert sorgt<br />

mit Aquamarinen,<br />

Turmalinen und<br />

Diamanten für<br />

funkelnde Momente.<br />

BRILLIANCE.<br />

A.E. Köchert provides<br />

sparkling moments with<br />

aquamarines,<br />

tourmalines and<br />

diamonds.<br />

Gerade in repräsentativen Positionen ist Zeit<br />

oft ein rares Gut und dennoch sollte man<br />

den Überblick nicht verlieren, um modeund<br />

accessoiretechnisch auf dem neuesten Stand zu<br />

bleiben. Einzigartig, elegant, modern und trotzdem<br />

gemütlich ohne dabei langweilig zu sein, ist die Devise<br />

im Businessalltag ebenso wie auf Empfängen<br />

und zu festlichen Anlässen. Eine kompetente Anlaufstelle<br />

ist hier beispielsweise Marion Herz-Degenkolb,<br />

die mit ihrer Boutique in der Wiener Weihburggasse<br />

zum Geheimtipp für Frauen avanciert ist.<br />

Individuelle Mode, langlebige Strickmodelle aus eigener<br />

Produktion und Kollektionen von Frank Lyman<br />

findet man bei ihr: „Die Modelle knittern nicht,<br />

sind absolut koffertauglich und die Kollektionen<br />

sind perfekt kombinierbar. Alle Teile werden unter<br />

hohen sozialen und ökologischen Maßstäben ausschließlich<br />

in Österreich und Frankreich produziert.<br />

Ein Strickmodell von Degenkolb ist ein langlebiges<br />

Stück, das es nur in kleinen Serien gibt. Wir haben<br />

uns tragbare, officetaugliche Mode für Frauen, die<br />

bewusst nicht mit dem Strom schwimmen wollen<br />

und Wert auf Einzigartigkeit legen, ohne dabei aufzufallen,<br />

zum Ziel gesetzt“, so die Modeexpertin.<br />

Welt der Pretiosen<br />

Ist die eigene Garderobe stilsicher und nicht unbedingt<br />

jedem saisonalen Trend nachheischend ausgestattet,<br />

spielen Accessoires eine besonders wichti-<br />

HAUTE COUTURE.<br />

Feine Spitze und<br />

fließende Formen: Elie<br />

Saab ließ sich in dieser<br />

Saison von Indien<br />

inspirieren.<br />

Fine lace and flowing<br />

forms: this season Elie<br />

Saab was inspired by<br />

India.<br />

PHOTOS: BEIGESTELLT<br />

ge Rolle – für Herren wie für Damen. Ein<br />

hervorragender Impulsgeber ist hier die jährlich<br />

stattfindende Schweizer Messe „SIHH“. Der „Salon<br />

International Haute Horlogerie“ findet alljährlich im<br />

Jänner in Genf statt und ist eine Leistungsschau der<br />

Superlative. Zu sehen sind Kollektionserweiterungen<br />

renommierter Manufakturen und Unikate der<br />

hohen Uhrmacherkunst. 2<strong>01</strong>6 nahmen erstmals einige<br />

neue Aussteller, wie H. Moser & Cie. die Möglichkeit<br />

wahr, hier auszustellen. Die Manufaktur mit<br />

Sitz im schweizerischen Neuhausen ist ein typisches<br />

Beispiel für luxuriöses Understatement. Das Streben<br />

nach Genauigkeit und Präzision zeigt sich in technischer<br />

Raffinesse, klaren Linien, gewölbten Gläsern,<br />

feinst verarbeiteten Zifferblätter und edlem Leder.<br />

Die Reduktion auf das Wesentliche und Seltene ist<br />

Teil der Firmenphilosophie.<br />

Edle Jubiläumskollektionen<br />

Mit 85 Jahren Reverso hat Jaeger-LeCoultre ein<br />

großes Jubiläum zu feiern, das mit limitierten Editionen<br />

und der Möglichkeit sein individuelles Modell<br />

selbst zusammenzustellen würdig begangen wird.<br />

Die Manufaktur Parmigiani feiert ihr 20jähriges Firmenjubiläum<br />

und verblüffte ebenfalls mit Neuheiten,<br />

wie der Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, die das<br />

erste Uhrwerk mit integriertem Chronographen aus<br />

Gold des Hauses ist. Montblanc stellte anlässlich des<br />

110jährigen Firmenbestehens mit der neuen 4810<br />

UNDERSTATEMENT.<br />

Das Fumé-Zifferblatt<br />

der „Endeavour Centre<br />

Seconds Concept“ von<br />

H. Moser & Cie. zieht<br />

Blicke auf sich.<br />

The Fumé dial on the<br />

“Endeavour Centre<br />

Seconds Concept“ from<br />

H. Moser & Cie. is a true<br />

eye-catcher.<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE PRECIOUS OBJECTS<br />

EINSTIEGSMODELL.<br />

Die neuen Referenzen der „Pilot’s<br />

Watch Mark XVIII“ in Edelstahl<br />

überzeugen mit klarem<br />

„Cockpitdesign“.<br />

BOARDING MODEL. The new<br />

references on the “Pilot’s Watch<br />

Mark XVIII” in stainless steel have<br />

an impressive clear “cockpit<br />

design”.<br />

MEISTERLEISTUNG.<br />

Anlässlich des 20-Jahr-Jubiläums hat<br />

Parmigiani sein erstes Uhrwerk mit<br />

integriertem Chronographen<br />

entwickelt.<br />

MASTERLY PERFORMANCE.<br />

Because of its 20-year anniversary,<br />

Parmigiani has designed its first watch<br />

mechanism with an integrated<br />

chronograph movement.<br />

UNVERGÄNGLICH. Mehr als ein Mode-Statement:<br />

„Kite Ring“ von Schullin in 18 Karat Weißgold<br />

mit rotem Spinel.<br />

EVERLASTING. More than just a fashion<br />

statement: “Kite Ring” from Schullin in 18-carat<br />

white gold with a red spinel.<br />

Collection das Goldene Zeitalter der Schifffahrt über<br />

den Atlantischen Ozean in den Mittelpunkt.<br />

The pieces are only produced in Austria and France<br />

according to high social and environmental standards.<br />

Knitwear made by Degenkolb is long-lasting<br />

and only produced in a small series. Our aim is to<br />

make wearable fashion suitable for the office for women<br />

who choose to not follow every trend and place<br />

great value on uniqueness without standing out,“ according<br />

to the fashion expert.<br />

World of precious objects<br />

If your wardrobe is stylish and you do not have to<br />

crave every seasonal trend, then accessories play an<br />

especially important role – for men and women<br />

alike. An excellent place for ideas: the Salon International<br />

Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) takes place once a<br />

year in Geneva in January and is an exhibition of superlatives.<br />

Renowned manufacturers present extensions<br />

of their collections and visitors can also see<br />

unique pieces made according to the high art of<br />

watchmaking. In 2<strong>01</strong>6, a few new exhibitors have taken<br />

the opportunity to exhibit here for the first time,<br />

such as H. Moser & Cie. The manufacturer, based in<br />

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Neuhausen in Switzerland, is a typical example of<br />

FEMININ.<br />

Knitwear aus eigener<br />

Produktion und die<br />

Kollektion von Frank Lyman<br />

sind die Stärken von<br />

Degenkolb.<br />

FEMININE. The knitwear<br />

produced in-house and the<br />

Frank Lyman collection are<br />

Degenkolb‘s forte.<br />

Strahlende Aura<br />

Neben Uhren ist Schmuck der zweitwichtigste<br />

Ausdruck der Persönlichkeit. Hier sollte edlen<br />

Schmucksteinen und Diamanten aus modischen Aspekten<br />

und auch im Sinne der Wertsteigerung der<br />

Vorzug gegeben werden. Gerade in Österreich sind<br />

hier Traditionsjuweliere wie A.E. Köchert, Schullin<br />

oder Heldwein, die zeitgemäße Eigenkreationen in<br />

ihren Ateliers designen und realisieren, Vorreiter in<br />

Sachen guten Geschmacks.<br />

85. GEBURTSTAG. Die<br />

„Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon“<br />

ist ein Highlight der<br />

Jubiläumskollektion von<br />

Jaeger-LeCoultre.<br />

85TH BIRTHDAY. The<br />

“Reverso Tribute Gyrotourbillon”<br />

is one of the highlights<br />

in Jaeger-LeCoultre‘s<br />

anniversary collection.<br />

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ANSCHMIEGSAM. Die neue<br />

„Limelight Gala“ mit<br />

Milanaise-Band in Gold ist<br />

eine ästhetische Wertanlage<br />

von Piaget.<br />

SOFT AND SMOOTH. The<br />

new “Limelight Gala” with a<br />

gold Milanese watch band is<br />

a decorative investment from<br />

Piaget.<br />

Time is often a rare commodity in prestigious<br />

positions. But it is still necessary to keep up to<br />

date with fashion and accessories. Unique,<br />

elegant, modern yet comfortable without being boring,<br />

this is the motto in the business world as well as<br />

at functions and festive occasions. A competent<br />

place to go to is Marion Herz-Degenkolb, who has<br />

become an insider tip for women with her boutique<br />

in Weihburggasse in Vienna. Individual fashion,<br />

long-lasting knitwear she makes herself and Frank<br />

Lyman collections can be found here. “The clothes<br />

do not crease, even when packed in a suitcase, and<br />

the collections can be combined together perfectly.<br />

PHOTOS: FELIXCAM, CHRISTIAN PRANDL, BEIGESTELLT<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE PRECIOUS OBJECTS<br />

URBAN.<br />

Sommerwolle, wasserabweisendem<br />

Nylon, Jersey und Techmerino sind<br />

ein Auszug der DNA der Kreationen<br />

von Z Zegna.<br />

Summer wool, water-repellent nylon,<br />

jersey and Techmerino are just a part<br />

of the DNA of Z Zegna‘s creations.<br />

STICKEREIKUNST. Hublots Kooperation mit St. Gallener<br />

Handwerkskunst gipfelt in der „Big Band Broderie“.<br />

ART OF EMBROIDERY. Hublot‘s use of traditional<br />

embroidery craftsmanship from St. Gall culminates in the<br />

“Big Band Broderie”.<br />

Quality and individuality are focal points at Degenkolb / Sitte Vienna.<br />

Every piece made by the exclusive, Austrian women´s knitwear brand,<br />

is hand-made, unique and fits if tailored to the owner. Unique, elegant,<br />

modern and yet comfortable without seeming boring is how<br />

best to describe the knitwear line by Sitte Vienna, a traditional brand<br />

with over 40 years of history. Alongside the high quality and incomparable<br />

design, Sitte Vienna Knitwear is an insider´s tip for women who<br />

enjoy travelling frequently and make comfortable, individual fashion a<br />

priority. All pieces are produced exclusively in Austria, and are subject<br />

to very high social and ecological standarts. Knitwear clothing from<br />

Sitte is an easy to care for, long lasting, favourite item of clothing produced<br />

only in limited numbers. Spanx and feminine dresses designed<br />

by Frank Lyman complete the offer. An office friendly look that goes<br />

hand in hand with a high, feel-good factor. Stitch for stitch.<br />

LUXUSSCHLANGE. Die neue „Serpenti Tubogas“ von<br />

Bulgari fasziniert mit Sonnenschliff-Zifferblatt und<br />

applizierten Indizes.<br />

LUXURY SNAKE. The new “Serpenti Tubogas” from<br />

Bulgari has a fascinating sunburst dial and hand-applied<br />

indexes.<br />

understated luxury. The technical sophistication,<br />

clear lines, curved glasses, delicately processed dials<br />

and fine leather reveal the aspiration for accuracy<br />

and precision. Rarity and reducing everything to the<br />

essentials is a part of the company‘s philosophy.<br />

Degenkolb • Weihburggasse 17 • 1<strong>01</strong>0 Wien<br />

Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 10.00 am to 6.00 pm, or 24 hours at<br />

www.degenkolb.at<br />

GEHEIMNISVOLL.<br />

Ein scheinbar schwebendes<br />

Uhrwerk hat Cartier in der<br />

„Rotonde de Cartier<br />

Astromystérieux“ verbaut.<br />

MYSTERIOUS.<br />

The watch movement that<br />

Cartier has built into the<br />

“Rotonde de Cartier<br />

Astromystérieux” appears to<br />

be floating .<br />

ROSE. Die „Princess“-Ringe<br />

von Heldwein faszinieren<br />

dank Morganit, Turmalin,<br />

Zirkon und Diamanten in<br />

unterschiedlichen Nuancen.<br />

The “Princess” rings<br />

designed by Heldwein are<br />

fascinating thanks to<br />

morganite, tourmaline, zircon<br />

and diamonds in various<br />

shades.<br />

PHOTOS: LAZIZ HAMANI, CARMINE ARRICHIELLO, BEIGESTELLT<br />

Fine anniversary collections<br />

With 85 years of Reverso, Jaeger-LeCoultre has a<br />

big anniversary to celebrate, which it has done fittingly<br />

by releasing limited editions and by enabling customers<br />

to put together their own individual models.<br />

The manufacturer Parmigiani is celebrating its 20-<br />

year company anniversary and has created amazing<br />

new products, such as the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire,<br />

which is the company‘s first watch mechanism<br />

with an integrated gold chronograph movement.<br />

Montblanc is celebrating its 110-year company anniversary<br />

with its new 4810 Collection by focusing on<br />

the golden age of sea faring across the Atlantic ocean.<br />

Radiant aura<br />

After watches, jewellery is the second-most important<br />

way people express their personality. Precious<br />

stones and diamonds should be given preference,<br />

from a fashionable aspect as well as for value<br />

appreciation. In Austria especially, traditional jewellers<br />

such as A.E. Köchert, Schullin or Heldwein, who<br />

design and make contemporary creations in their<br />

studios, are pioneers of good taste.<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE LIFESTYLE<br />

Frühlingsboten<br />

Heralds of spring<br />

Text: Michaela Hocek<br />

Neustart in Österreich<br />

Restart in Austria<br />

Strategische Weiterentwicklung und internationales Wachstum sind der Fokus des Premium-Herstellers Loewe, der sich richtungsweisend<br />

in den Bereichen Fernsehen mit Ergänzungen im Audio-, dem mobilen und SmartHome-Bereich positioniert. Das TV-Sortiment wurde auf<br />

die Produktlinien Art, Connect und Reference in den Größen von 32 bis 85 Zoll gestrafft. Technologisch darf sich der User auf gestochen<br />

scharfe Ultra-HD Bilder, innovative Vernetzung und das Qualitätsprädikat „Made in Germany“ freuen. Alle Geräte stammen vom ersten<br />

Design-Entwurf über das technologische Konzept bis zum fertigen Gerät aus Kronach.<br />

Strategic development and international growth are the focus of the premium manufacturer Loewe, the pioneer in the field of television with additional products in the audio,<br />

mobile and smart home segment. The TV range has been streamlined to the product lines Art, Connect and Reference in the sizes 32 to 85 inches. Technologically, the viewer<br />

can look forward to crisp Ultra-HD images, innovative integration and the “Made in Germany“ seal of quality. All items are produced in Kronach, from the first design draft<br />

and the technological concept to the finished device. loewe.tv/at<br />

Floristisches Kunsthandwerk | Floral craftwork<br />

„Nur wer sieht, kann erkennen und gestalten.“ Markus Donati ist ein kosmopolitischer Florist in dritter Generation. Durch kunstvolles Arrangieren und angewandtes Wissen in<br />

Technik, Materialbeschaffenheit, Proportionen und historisch stilkundlichem Wissen entstehen florale Meisterwerke für repräsentative Räumlichkeiten und Events.<br />

Im Römischen Reich galt die Rose als begehrtes Luxusgut. Kaiser Nero feierte sein legendäres Fest „sub rosa“, bei dem die Gäste auf Rosenteppichen schritten, in Rosenwasser<br />

badeten und rosenduftender Wein kredenzt wurde.<br />

“Only those who can see can perceive and create.“ Markus Donati is a cosmopolitan, third generation florist. Floral masterpieces are created for representative premises and<br />

events by artful arrangements and applied knowledge in technology and material properties and proportions. During the Roman Empire the rose was appreciated as luxury<br />

good. Emperor Nero celebrated his legendary feast “sub rosa“, where guests walked on rose carpets, took a bath in rosewater or were served wine with rose scent.<br />

donati.at<br />

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PHOTOS: BEIGESTELLT<br />

Knitterfrei<br />

Crease-free<br />

Der Trolley Vocier C38 des<br />

Wiener Neustädter Startups<br />

Vocier von Michael Kogelnik<br />

heimste 2<strong>01</strong>5 den nationalen<br />

James Dyson- und<br />

if-Design-Award 2<strong>01</strong>5 ein. Der<br />

globale Gentleman verstaut<br />

seinen Anzug für knitterfreien<br />

Transport in einem speziellen<br />

Fach.<br />

The trolley Vocier C38 by<br />

Vocier, Michael Kogelnik’s<br />

startup from Wiener<br />

Neustadt, won the national<br />

James Dyson and if-Design<br />

Award 2<strong>01</strong>5. The global<br />

gentleman stows away his<br />

suit in a special compartment<br />

for crease-free transport.<br />

vocier.com<br />

Objets Nomades Collection<br />

Für Louis Vuitton hat Marcel Wanders einen<br />

Lounge Chair geschaffen, der Luxus, die Illusion<br />

des Reisens und die Freiheit der Kunst in<br />

Einklang bringt. Das Resultat ist eine tragbare<br />

Relax-Oase aus Leder in Karamell und<br />

akzentuierter Innenseite, die sich puzzleartig<br />

platzsparend zusammenfalten und unterschiedlich<br />

aufstellen lässt.<br />

Marcel Wanders created a lounge chair for Louis<br />

Vuitton which combines luxury, the illusion of<br />

travelling and the freedom of art into a<br />

harmonious unit. The result is a portable<br />

relaxation oasis in caramel leather and accented<br />

inside panels which can be folded like the pieces<br />

of a puzzle to save space and unfolded to be<br />

used in different ways.<br />

marcelwanders.com<br />

Zeitloser Duft<br />

Timeless fragrance<br />

Mit B. Balenciaga Skin hat Parfumeur Domitille<br />

Bertier eine sinnlichere Version des Original-<br />

Duftes kreiert. Die Komposition aus zartem,<br />

frischem Grüntee, Maiglöckchen,<br />

Pfingstrose, Iriswurzel, Vetiver<br />

und Kaschmirholz verströmt pure<br />

Femininität in einem Flakon aus<br />

Hauttönen und sechseckiger<br />

architektonischer Form.<br />

Perfumer Domitille Bertier has<br />

created a more sensual version of<br />

the original fragrance with B.<br />

Balenciaga Skin. The composition<br />

includes delicate, fresh green tea,<br />

lily of the valley, peony, iris root,<br />

vetiver and cashmere wood and<br />

exudes pure femininity in a<br />

skin-toned flacon with hexagonal<br />

architectural shapes.<br />

balenciagafragrance.com<br />

Poppiges Paris<br />

Paris à la mode<br />

Lancôme schickt Frühlingsgrüße<br />

mit elegantem Look, betörenden<br />

Texturen und poetischen<br />

Pastell-Nuancen aus Paris. Die<br />

neue Kollektion umfasst u.a. eine<br />

Blush-Palette für Wangen und<br />

Lider, Hypnôse Palette für die<br />

Augen, Rouge in Love und Lip<br />

Lover für die Lippen und Vernis<br />

in Love für passende Nägel.<br />

Lancôme sends spring greetings<br />

with an elegant look, beguiling<br />

textures and poetic pastel<br />

shades from Paris. The new<br />

collection includes, among<br />

others, a blush palette for cheeks<br />

and eyelids, Hypnôse palette for<br />

eyes, Rouge in Love and Lip<br />

Lover for lips and Vernis in Love<br />

for matching nails.<br />

lancome.com<br />

Lebensfreude<br />

Zest for life<br />

Zwei-Knopf-Anzüge,<br />

ungefüttertes Jacket,<br />

hochgeschlossene<br />

Kurzarm-Pullover, raffinierte<br />

Silhouetten und strahlende<br />

Farben machen die<br />

Hermès-Kollektion aus.<br />

Herren tragen beschichtete<br />

Baumwolle, Mohair,<br />

Cashmere, Leinen und Seide.<br />

Two-button suits, unlined<br />

jacket, high-necked<br />

short-sleeved sweater, refined<br />

silhouettes and bright colours<br />

comprise the Hermès<br />

collection. Men wear coated<br />

cotton, mohair, cashmere,<br />

linen and silk.<br />

hermes.com<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE LIFESTYLE<br />

Maskuline Schuhtrends<br />

Masculine shoe trends<br />

Pen of the Year 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Herren dürfen sich in dieser Saison auf Mokassins und Slipper in Rau- und Veloursleder mit kerniger, weißer Sohle freuen. In der Freizeit werden sommerliche Espadrilles in<br />

unterschiedlichsten Farben und Mustern getragen. Der Frühjahrsausblick von Salamander reihte auch den Denim-Look ganz oben auf dem Trendbarometer. Sneaker, Schnürer<br />

und Slipper sind in diversen Blau-Tönen erhältlich. Der Business-Look wird von Schnürschuhen in klassischen Farben – Schwarz, Braun, Beige und Blau – dominiert.<br />

Überraschende Details sind bunte Schuhbänder und Farbverläufe im Leder für einen eleganten Used-Look.<br />

This season, men can look forward to moccasins and loafers made of full-grain leather and suede with a robust, white sole. During summery leisure time, espadrilles are worn<br />

in a variety of colours and patterns. The Salamander spring collection also places the denim look on top of the trend barometer. Sneakers, lace-ups and slippers are available<br />

in various shades of blue. The business look is dominated by lace-up shoes in classic colours – black, brown, beige and blue. Fresh design details – colourful shoelaces and<br />

gradients in the leather – achieve an elegant distressed look. salamander.at<br />

Dekoratives Feuer<br />

Decorative fire<br />

Seit Urzeiten fasziniert das feurige Element. Christian Stauber<br />

inszeniert es seit 2009 mit seinem Unternehmen Flammentopf<br />

stilgerecht. Das Sortiment umfasst Bodenfeuerstellen aus<br />

italienischem Impruneta-Terrakotta und Tischfeuer aus massivem<br />

Buchenholz. Für die wiederbefüllbaren Sicherheits-Brenndosen<br />

wird Bioethanol verwendet, der geruchsneutral, rauch- und<br />

rußfrei verbrennt, wodurch die Flammentöpfe sowohl Indoor als<br />

auch Outdoor eingesetzt werden können.<br />

Since time began, the element of fire has been the source of<br />

fascination. Christian Stauber has staged it in style since 2009<br />

with his company Flammentopf. The range includes floor<br />

fireplaces made of Italian Impruneta terracotta and solid beech<br />

wood table fires. For the refillable safety fire tins bioethanol is<br />

used, which burns odorless, smoke- and russ free and makes the<br />

firepots hence usable for indoor and outdoor.<br />

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Bella Italia<br />

Das Designerduo Domenico<br />

Dolce und Stefano Gabbana<br />

wecken mit ihren aktuellen<br />

Entwürfen Fernweh.<br />

Folkloristische Elemente wie<br />

großblütige, florale Motive<br />

und bunte Stickereien sowie<br />

landestypische Symbole<br />

zeichnen eine modische<br />

Liebeserklärung an Italien<br />

auf Kleider in Mini- und<br />

Midi-Länge. Auf dem<br />

Catwalk kam mit kleinen<br />

Souvenirläden und<br />

Selfie-Sessions<br />

Urlaubsstimmung und<br />

die typisch südliche<br />

Ausgelassenheit auf.<br />

The designer duo<br />

Domenico Dolce<br />

and Stefano<br />

Gabbana awaken<br />

wanderlust with their<br />

current creations.<br />

Folkloristic elements<br />

such as large, floral<br />

motifs and colourful<br />

embroidery as well as<br />

traditional symbols on<br />

dresses in mini and midi<br />

length express a fashionable<br />

declaration of love for Italy.<br />

Small souvenir shop settings<br />

and selfie sessions set a<br />

holiday mood with typical<br />

southern exuberance on the<br />

catwalk.<br />

dolcegabbana.com<br />

En Provence<br />

Paisley, Blütendesigns und<br />

exklusive Toile de Jouy Stoffe:<br />

Lena Hoschek zollt der<br />

malerischen Region am<br />

Mittelmeer Tribut. Musterund<br />

Schnittvielfalt und<br />

nachgefertigte Stoffe aus dem<br />

Jahr 1850 machen die<br />

Entwürfe zum Hingucker.<br />

Paisley, flower designs and<br />

exclusive Toile de Jouy<br />

fabrics: Lena Hoschek pays<br />

tribute to the picturesque<br />

Mediterranean region. A<br />

variety of patterns, cuts and<br />

reproduced fabrics from the<br />

1850s make the designs a<br />

genuine eye-catcher.<br />

shop.lenahoschek.com<br />

PHOTOS: BEIGESTELLT<br />

Chinesische Lacktafeln im Vieux Laque-Zimmer des Schloss Schönbrunn<br />

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Riegelahorn und Onyx im Hause Faber-Castell. Das edle Schreibgerät ist<br />

in Zusammenarbeit mit der Restauratorin Silvia Miklin und dem<br />

japanischen Künstler Tomizo Saratani entstanden.<br />

Chinese lacquer panels in the Vieux Laque Room of Schönbrunn Palace<br />

were the inspiration for the Faber-Castell creation of the Pen of the Year<br />

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Strahlender Pastell-Look<br />

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Shirts mit Raffung, Blusen und Ponchos sind die idealen<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE CRUISE TRAVEL<br />

125 Jahre Luxus auf hoher See<br />

125 years of luxury on the high seas<br />

Mit der „Lustfahrt“ der „Augusta Victoria“ ins Levantinische Meer begann 1891 die Ära der Kreuzfahrten.<br />

Auch 125 Jahre später hat diese exklusive Art zu reisen nichts von ihrer Faszination eingebüßt:<br />

Exotische Destinationen, exquisite Haubenküche, exklusive Wellness Treatments - und alles bei einer<br />

erfrischenden Meeresbrise.<br />

When “Augusta Victoria” went on a “pleasure cruise” to the Levantine Sea in 1891, it marked the beginning<br />

of the era of cruise travel. This exclusive way of travelling has not lost its fascination, even 125 years<br />

later: exotic destinations, exquisite haute cuisine, exclusive spa treatments - and all of this while enjoying<br />

a refreshing sea breeze.<br />

Text: Rois & Stubenrauch<br />

OCEANIA<br />

Auf der „Marina“, dem Flaggschiff der Oceania<br />

Flotte, sorgt Küchenchef Jacques Pépin für<br />

kulinarische Höhenflüge - mit Blick auf den Hafen<br />

von Sidney ein doppelter Genuss.<br />

On board of “Marina“, the flagship of the Oceania<br />

fleet, Head Chef Jacques Pépin is responsible for<br />

ultimate culinary delights - which is together with<br />

the view on Sydney´s harbour a double enjoyment.<br />

1891: Die Passagiere<br />

der „Augusta Victoria“ genießen<br />

die mediterranen 20.Februar<br />

Sonnenstrahlen am Panoramadeck, vergnügen<br />

sich im Salon beim Kartenspiel<br />

oder beim Lesen der Bordzeitung, bevor es<br />

zum Diner in den noblen Speisesaal geht.<br />

Auf der Speisekarte für diesen Abend finden<br />

sich Salmy von Enten, Kalbsbraten,<br />

Ochsenzunge à la Provençale, Soufflé Törtchen<br />

und Himbeer-Eis. Gestartet war man<br />

Ende Januar in Cuxhaven, Ziel der ersten<br />

Kreuzfahrt der Geschichte: das östliche<br />

Mittelmeer, Kairo, Jerusalem, Konstantinopel<br />

- der Orient, Sehnsuchtsort der High<br />

Society des 19. Jahrhunderts. Die Idee zu<br />

dieser „Excursion nach dem Mittelmeer<br />

und dem Orient“ stammte von Albert Ballin,<br />

dem Chef der Passage-Abteilung der<br />

HAPAG. Unzufrieden damit, die auf der<br />

Nordatlantikroute verkehrenden Schiffe in<br />

den stürmischen Wintermonaten ungenutzt<br />

auf Reede liegen zu sehen, ersann er<br />

die zweimonatige Vergnügungsreise für<br />

den luxuriösen Schnelldampfer. Die Besichtigung<br />

der Pyramiden von Gizeh per<br />

Eselritt stand dabei ebenso auf dem für die<br />

damalige Zeit äußerst ambitionierten Pro-<br />

PHOTO: OCEANIA CRUISES<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE CRUISE TRAVEL<br />

REGENT SEVEN SEAS<br />

Die Seven Seas Explorer, das neue Flaggschiff der<br />

Flotte, definiert die Standards für Luxus auf hoher<br />

See neu: Mit 360 m 2 Suiten und einem Spa mit Infinity<br />

Pool.<br />

Seven Seas Explorer is the new flagship of the fleet<br />

and gives luxury at the high seas a new definition:<br />

360 m 2 suites and a spa with infinity pool. SEA DREAM YACHTING<br />

1 Damenzimmer der<br />

„Augusta Victoria“.<br />

A Lady´s boudoir on board of<br />

“Augusta Victoria“.<br />

2 Der Luxusdampfer 1897.<br />

The luxury liner 1897.<br />

3 Speisekarte vom 20.<br />

Februar 1891. Menu from 20<br />

February 1891.<br />

gramm wie der Besuch von Jerusalem oder<br />

Damaskus. Ballin gab an der Spitze einer<br />

245 Mann starken Crew den eloquenten<br />

Gastgeber für die 174 gut betuchten Passagiere.<br />

Mit 2.400 Goldmark – heute knapp<br />

43.000 € - schlug die Fahrt zu Buche. Offensichtlich<br />

nicht nur ein sehr erfolgreicher,<br />

sondern auch ein äußerst exklusiver<br />

Start ins Zeitalter dieser neuen Art des Reisens.<br />

Privatbalkon auf die Weltmeere<br />

Auch wenn sich die Kreuzfahrt vom<br />

Amüsement für eine Handvoll Millionäre<br />

des 19. Jahrhunderts längst zum Vergnügen<br />

für Millionen gewandelt hat - das Potential<br />

zum sehr exklusiven Unterfangen<br />

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überschlagen sich auch im Luxussegment<br />

die Superlative: 360 m², inklusive<br />

eigenem Spa und zwei Marmorbädern<br />

messen die Regent Suiten der im Juli 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

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Obwohl das beeindruckende Verhältnis<br />

von 1,4 Crewmitgliedern pro Passagier der<br />

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wird, ist es bei 542 Besatzungsmitgliedern,<br />

die sich um die 750 Gäste des<br />

neuen Flaggschiffs der Regent Seven Seas<br />

Flotte kümmern, dennoch jederzeit möglich,<br />

sich vom Butler das Frühstück auf die<br />

89 m² große Privatterrasse der Suite servieren<br />

zu lassen, während die Felsenküste<br />

Mallorcas vorüberzieht.<br />

Luxus „alles inklusive“<br />

Auch im Bereich der Spitzengastronomie<br />

auf hoher See sind die Limits nach<br />

oben offen. Längst gehen namhafte Spitzenköche<br />

auf den Küchendecks der Weltmeere<br />

zu Werke. Die von Meisterkoch Jacques<br />

Pépin kreierte Küchenlinie von<br />

Oceania Cruises verfolgt den Anspruch,<br />

die beste auf hoher See zu sein. „Duck à<br />

l’Orange with Braised Red Cabbage and Almond<br />

Potato Croquette“ oder „Nine Minute<br />

Baked Chocolate Cake with Raspberries<br />

and Vanilla Ice Cream“ - die kulinarischen<br />

Höhenflüge sind das Markenzeichen der<br />

Reederei aus Miami. Das schönste dabei:<br />

Die Passagiere der an einen entspannten<br />

Country Club gemahnenden Oceania Flotte<br />

genießen die Kreationen Jacques Pépins<br />

bei freier Platzwahl und ohne Aufpreis. Im<br />

„It‘s yachting not cruising“ ist das Motto für die<br />

maximal 112 Gäste an Bord der SeaDream I, hier im<br />

Hafen von Calvi, Korsika.<br />

For a maximum of 112 guests on board of SeaDream I,<br />

the motto is “It´s yachting, not cruising“, here to be<br />

seen at the Harbour of Calvi, Corsica.<br />

25 Meter-Pool seine Längen schwimmen,<br />

während die Möwen und die hohen Berge<br />

der Norwegischen Küste am Schiff vorbeiziehen<br />

– auch das ist mittlerweile möglich<br />

an Bord. Der großzügige Pool der „Mein<br />

Schiff 4“, die Saunalandschaft und weitere<br />

Sporteinrichtungen haben dem TUI Cruises<br />

Liner den begehrten Kreuzfahrt Guide<br />

Award 2<strong>01</strong>5 in der Kategorie Sport und<br />

Wellness eingebracht. Teil der Begründung<br />

der Jury: Fast alle Einrichtungen sind kostenfrei.<br />

Auch das Hamburger Kreuzfahrtunternehmen<br />

verfolgt die Strategie der<br />

pauschalen Preise: „Premium Alles Inklusive“<br />

nennt sich das Konzept für stressfreien<br />

Luxus an Bord.<br />

Zeit für Körper und Seele<br />

Ayurveda- oder Bambusmassage, türkisches<br />

Dampfbad und Tepidarium, inklusive<br />

Panoramablick von den höchsten Decks.<br />

Viel Zeit für sich selbst kann man sich in<br />

den neuen, luxuriösen Samsara Spas der<br />

Costa Flotte nehmen. Über 6.200 m² erstreckt<br />

sich der orientalisch angehauchte<br />

Wellnesstempel etwa auf der Costa Diadema.<br />

Wer möchte, kann auch gleich in einer<br />

der geräumigen Samsara Kabinen logieren.<br />

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lautet die Devise von Seadream. Maximal<br />

112 Gäste werden auf den blitzweiß-navyblauen<br />

Yachten von 95 Besatzungsmitgliedern<br />

umsorgt. Abschluss jeder Seadream<br />

Karibikreise ist das Gourmet-Barbecue mit<br />

Champagner und Kaviar am schneeweißen<br />

Strand: „A celebration of the yachting experience<br />

in every deliciously decadent<br />

bite.“<br />

125 Jahre nach der „Excursion“ der Augusta<br />

Victoria<br />

Dem exklusiven Reisevergnügen ist<br />

auch Hapag-Lloyd, 125 Jahre nach der<br />

Fahrt der „Augusta Victoria“, treu geblieben.<br />

Eine Kolonie Walrosse sonnt sich gemütlich<br />

am Strand von Apollonov, einem<br />

dem Franz Joseph Land vorgelagerten arktischen<br />

Inselchen, und ist weder vom sich<br />

nähernden Schlauchboot noch von einem<br />

plötzlich auf der Bildfläche erscheinenden,<br />

jungen Eisbären aus der Ruhe zu bringen.<br />

Bilder wie aus einer aufwändig produzierten<br />

Tierdoku – nur dass die Passagiere der<br />

MS Bremen hautnah mit dabei sind. Neben<br />

den beiden Expeditionsschiffen Bremen<br />

und Hanseatic, die so faszinierende Ziele<br />

wie Kamtschatka oder das antarktische<br />

Festland anfahren, betreibt die Hamburger<br />

Reederei auch die MS Europa und die MS<br />

Europa II, die zu den luxuriösesten der<br />

über 300 auf den Weltmeeren verkehrenden<br />

Kreuzfahrtschiffen zählen und regelmäßig<br />

vom Berlitz Complete Guide to<br />

Cruising & Cruise Ships, dem Referenzwerk<br />

der Branche, mit der Höchstnote<br />

5-Sterne-plus ausgezeichnet werden.<br />

Wie viel Sterne braucht der Mensch<br />

zum glücklich sein? Manchmal genügt<br />

auch einfach der nächtliche Sternenhimmel<br />

über dem Panoramadeck, da strahlen<br />

dann Sterne im Überfluss. Denn dass das<br />

Überflüssige eine sehr notwendige Sache<br />

ist, wusste bereits Voltaire - und daran hat<br />

Three exclusive chalets 60 to 150 m 2<br />

in the middle of the mountains of Salzburg<br />

sich auch seit der ersten Kreuzfahrt der<br />

„Augusta Victoria“ nichts geändert.<br />

February 1891: the passengers<br />

on “Augusta Victoria” are enjoy-<br />

20 ing the Mediterranean sun on<br />

the panoramic deck, amusing themselves<br />

in the parlour by playing card games or<br />

reading the on-board newspaper before<br />

they go to dine in the noble dining room.<br />

This evening‘s menu includes salmis of<br />

duck, roast veal, ox tongue à la Provençale,<br />

soufflés, tarts and raspberry ice cream. She<br />

set off from Cuxhaven at the end of January.<br />

The destination of the first ever cruise:<br />

the eastern Mediterranean, Cairo, Jerusalem,<br />

Constantinople – the Orient, high<br />

society‘s place of longing in the 19th century.<br />

The idea for this “excursion to the Mediterranean<br />

and the Orient“ came from Albert<br />

Ballin, the head of the passage<br />

department at HAPAG. Unhappy at seeing<br />

Five star service in the chalet:<br />

• Hot tub under the stars<br />

• Private sauna<br />

• Space for 2 to 10 persons<br />

• Culinary highlights<br />

• Wellness & beauty<br />

• Picknicks<br />

• Excursions with oldtimer cars<br />

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TUI CRUISES<br />

HAPAG-LLOYD<br />

Atemberaubende Destinationen wie das<br />

antarktische Eismeer stehen am Routenplan der<br />

Hapag-Lloyd Expeditionsschiffe MS Hanseatic und<br />

MS Bremen.<br />

Breathtaking destinations such as the Arctic Sea of<br />

Ice are on the route plan of the Hapag-Lloyd<br />

expedition-ships MS Hanseatic and MS Bremen.<br />

INFO<br />

„Premium Alles Inklusive“ gilt auf den Schiffen<br />

des Hamburger Kreuzfahrtunternehmens - für<br />

den 25 Meter Pool ebenso wie beim 5-Gänge-<br />

Menü oder an der Bar.<br />

“Premium All Inclusive“ on the ships of the<br />

Hamburg-based cruise travel company - to<br />

experience in the 25 meter pool as well as at the<br />

5 course-menu or at the bar.<br />

the ships, which normally sailed the North<br />

Atlantic route, lying unused in the roads<br />

during the stormy winter months, he came<br />

up with the the concept of a two-month<br />

pleasure trip for the luxurious fast steamer.<br />

A visit to the Pyramids of Gizeh on a donkey<br />

was on the itinerary, an extremely ambitious<br />

venture at the time, as was a visit to<br />

Jerusalem or Damascus. Ballin was an eloquent<br />

host, heading a crew of 245 men who<br />

catered to the needs of 174 wealthy passengers.<br />

The trip cost 2,400 gold marks – nearly<br />

€43,000 today. Obviously not only a very<br />

successful, but also an extremely exclusive<br />

start to this new way of travelling.<br />

Private balcony on the world‘s oceans<br />

Although cruises have changed from<br />

being an amusement for a handful of millionaires<br />

in the 19th century to being enjoyed<br />

by millions of people now – they can<br />

still be a very exclusive undertaking. And<br />

as in all booming travel segments, the players<br />

in the luxury sector are outdoing themselves<br />

to provide the best service: the Regent<br />

suites on the Seven Seas Explorer,<br />

which left Monte Carlo in July 2<strong>01</strong>6 on her<br />

maiden voyage, boast 360 m² and have<br />

COSTA<br />

Erst die grandiose Kulisse des Geiranger-Fjord,<br />

dann auf dem Panoramadeck das luxuriöse neue<br />

Samsara Spa der Costa Schiffe genießen.<br />

Enjoy the magnificent location of the Geiranger Fjord<br />

first, then the panorama deck of the luxurious new<br />

Samsara Spa of Costa ships.<br />

their own spa and two marble baths. Although<br />

the impressive ratio of 1.4 crew<br />

members per passenger on “Augusta Victoria”<br />

can no longer be achieved, it is still<br />

possible on the new flagship of the Regent<br />

Seven Seas fleet, which has 542 crew members<br />

catering to roughly 750 guests, to be<br />

served by a butler on the suite‘s 89 m2 private<br />

terrace at any time of the day while the<br />

rocky coast of Majorca passes by.<br />

All-inclusive luxury<br />

Haute cuisine also knows no limits on<br />

the high seas. Renowned top chefs have<br />

been working in the kitchen decks of the<br />

world‘s seas for a while now. Jacques Pépin<br />

created the dishes for Oceania Cruises,<br />

which unshamedly strives to be the best on<br />

the high seas. “Duck à l’Orange with<br />

Braised Red Cabbage and Almond Potato<br />

Croquette” or “Nine Minute Baked Chocolate<br />

Cake with Raspberries and Vanilla Ice<br />

Cream” - the culinary highlights are the<br />

trademark of the Miami-based shipping<br />

company. The best thing here: passengers<br />

on the Oceania fleet, which is reminiscent<br />

of a casual country club, can savour Jacques<br />

Pépin‘s creations, with free seating and at<br />

no extra charge. To swim the lengths of the<br />

25-metre pool while the seagulls and the<br />

high mountains of the Norwegian coast<br />

pass by the ship – this is now possible on<br />

board, too. The large pool on “Mein Schiff<br />

4”, the saunas and others sports facilities<br />

contributed to Tui Cruises Liner winning<br />

the sought-after Cruise Ship Guide Award<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5 in the Sports and Spa category. One of<br />

the factors that impressed the jury: nearly<br />

all of the facilities are free. The Hamburgbased<br />

cruise company also follows an allinclusive<br />

strategy: their “Premium all-inclusive”<br />

concept provides stress-free luxury<br />

on board.<br />

Body and soul time<br />

An Ayurveda or bamboo massage, a<br />

Turkish steam bath and tepidarium with a<br />

panoramic view from the highest decks.<br />

PHOTOS: OCEANIA CRUISES (1), COSTA CROCIERE, HAPAG-LLOYD CRUISES (2), TUI CRUISES/MATHIAS KOKARTIS<br />

(2), REGENT SEVEN SEAS CRUISES<br />

Guests can take all the time they need in<br />

the new, luxurious Samsara Spas on Costa‘s<br />

cruise ships. The Costa Diadema boasts a<br />

spa temple stretching 6,200 m² with an oriental<br />

touch. Guests can also choose to stay<br />

in one of the spacious Samsara cabins.<br />

Even the greatest luxury on a cruise ship<br />

can be topped. “It’s yachting not cruising”<br />

is Seadream‘s motto. 95 crew members cater<br />

to no more than 112 guests on the sparkling<br />

white-navy blue yachts. Every Seadream<br />

Caribbean trip ends with the<br />

Gourmet Barbecue with champagne and<br />

caviar on a snow-white beach. “A celebration<br />

of the yachting experience in every deliciously<br />

decadent bite.”<br />

125 years after Augusta Victoria‘s “excursion”<br />

Hapag-Lloyd has also remained faithful<br />

to exclusive travel experiences, 125 years after<br />

“Augusta Victoria” went on her first voyage.<br />

A colony of walruses relaxing in the<br />

sun on the beach on Apollonov Island, a tiny<br />

Arctic island on the edge of Franz Joseph<br />

Land, and not even a rubber dinghy approaching<br />

them nor a young polar bear suddenly<br />

arriving on the scene can make them lose<br />

their cool. Scenes, which could easily be in<br />

an elaborate production of an animal documentary<br />

– but instead passengers on the MS<br />

Bremen are close to the action. Apart from<br />

the Bremen and Hanseatic, two expedition<br />

ships that sail to fascinating destinations<br />

such as Kamchatka or the Antarctic mainland,<br />

the shipping company from Hamburg<br />

also operates MS Europa and MS Europa II,<br />

which are regarded as one of the 300 most<br />

luxurious cruise ships sailing the world‘s<br />

seas and are regularly awarded the best rating<br />

of 5-star plus by the Berlitz Complete<br />

Guide to Cruising & Cruise Ships, this<br />

industry‘s reference work.<br />

How many stars does a person need to<br />

be happy? Sometimes the starry night sky<br />

above the panoramic deck is simply<br />

enough, the stars then shine in abundance.<br />

Even Voltaire knew that the superfluous is<br />

a very necessary thing - and nothing has<br />

changed since “Augusta Victoria” set sail on<br />

her first cruise.<br />

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Kaiserjahre<br />

The Emperor‘s reign<br />

INFO<br />

Die Sicht auf die historische Person Franz Joseph I. ist von zahlreichen Mythen und Klischees verstellt.<br />

Das Jubiläumsjahr 2<strong>01</strong>6 bietet Anlass für einen unvoreingenommenen Blick auf das Leben des<br />

Langzeitkaisers, der Österreich-Ungarn 68 Jahre lang bis 1916 regierte.<br />

Numerous myths and clichés have shaped people‘s view of the historical figure of Franz Joseph I.<br />

2<strong>01</strong>6 as the anniversary year provides the ideal opportunity to take an unbiased look at the life of this<br />

long-standing emperor whose 68-year reign ended 100 years ago.<br />

Text und Interview: Evelyn Rois & Bruno Stubenrauch<br />

Franz Joseph I. auf Reisen in<br />

Südfrankreich (nach 1894, Maria<br />

Theresia von Braganza).<br />

Franz Joseph I, while travelling in<br />

the South of France (after 1894,<br />

Maria Theresia von Braganza).<br />

PHOTOS: ÖSTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK, SCHLOSS SCHÖNBRUNN KULTUR- UND BETRIEBSGES.M.B.H. / ALEXANDER EUGEN KOLLER /EDGAR KNAACK / SASCHA RIEGER<br />

Franz Joseph I. bei der Grundsteinlegung zum<br />

Technischen Museum, umgeben von Männern<br />

im Frack und Zylinder. „R. Lechner, k. u.<br />

k. Hof- Manufactur für Photografie“ ist auf den Rand<br />

der leicht angegilbten Fotografie gedruckt. Andere<br />

Fotos zeigen den Kaiser in Jagdmontur und kurzen<br />

Hosen, auf einem Baumstumpf sitzend, oder in der<br />

offenen Kutsche auf der Mariahilfer Straße, ebenso<br />

vor einem Spalier jubelnder Menschen beim Besuch<br />

in Bad Aussee... die über 10.000 Fotografien, Grafiken<br />

und Dokumente zu Franz Joseph I. im Archiv<br />

der Österreichischen Nationalbibliothek haben das<br />

Bild des „gütigen alten Kaisers“ bis heute fest ins kollektive<br />

Gedächtnis Österreichs eingebrannt. Das Leben<br />

keiner anderen Person der österreichischen Geschichte<br />

ist so umfassend dokumentiert wie das des<br />

ersten Monarchen des Medienzeitalters und Langzeitkaisers,<br />

in dessen 68 Jahre andauernden Regentschaft<br />

nicht nur Fotografie und Film, sondern auch<br />

Glühbirne, Telefon, Automobil und der Passagierflug<br />

erfunden wurden.<br />

2<strong>01</strong>6 jährt sich der Todestag Franz Josephs zum<br />

100. Mal. Man wird dem Kaiser dieses Jahr also in<br />

zahlreichen Ausstellungen und Jubiläumsfeierlichkeiten<br />

noch oft begegnen. Im Alltag ist der Monarch<br />

ohnehin präsent, etwa in Worten wie Kaisersemmel,<br />

Kaiserschmarrn oder Kaiserwetter. Hunderttausende<br />

Touristen und Habsburg-Nostalgiker bewegen<br />

sich jedes Jahr auf seinen Spuren durch Wien und<br />

Bad Ischl. Sein Portrait ist auf Geschirr, Schokolade<br />

und vielen weiteren Produkten abgedruckt. Oft natürlich<br />

zusammen mit seiner Frau Elisabeth, die sowohl<br />

in Popularität als auch in der Verklärung ihrer<br />

Person, ihren Gatten noch weit übertrifft. Sisi und<br />

Franzl – das Traumpaar des 19. Jahrhunderts, Personifizierung<br />

des imperialen Österreich. Doch wer war<br />

der Kaiser wirklich?<br />

„Wir versuchen ein ausgewogenes Bild Franz Josephs<br />

zu vermitteln, dessen öffentliche Wahrnehmung<br />

durch Mythen und Klischees geprägt war und<br />

heute noch ist,“ meint etwa der Historiker Karl Vocelka,<br />

zusammen mit Michaela Vocelka Verfasser<br />

einer neuen Biografie Franz Josephs und Kurator der<br />

großen Jubiläumsausstellung in Schönbrunn und an<br />

drei weiteren Standorten. Trotz des umfassend dokumentierten<br />

Lebens des Monarchen ist auch klar,<br />

dass sich die historische Persönlichkeit Franz Joseph<br />

nur zum Teil mit der vom Kaiserhaus sorgfältig inszenierten<br />

wie zensurierten Bilderflut deckt. Die Jubiläumsausstellungen<br />

legen jedenfalls weitere, teils<br />

kontroversielle Facetten hinter dem Bild des gütigen<br />

alten Monarchen frei. Vom Hardliner und Verfechter<br />

einer absolutistischen Monarchie, über den wichtige<br />

Entscheidungen oft lange hinausschiebenden Zögerer,<br />

den pedantischen Bürokraten, der sich selbst in<br />

den Ferien die Akten hinterherschicken ließ, bis zum<br />

fürsorglichen Großvater, der seine distanzierte Art<br />

im Umgang mit seinen Enkeln ablegte.<br />

Mit gerade einmal 18 Jahren mitten in den Wirren<br />

des Revolutionsjahres 1848 zum Kaiser ausgerufen,<br />

begann Franz Joseph seine Regierungszeit als<br />

kompromissloser Monarch mit absolutistischem<br />

Machtanspruch, der nicht davor zurückschreckte,<br />

zahlreiche Todesurteile, etwa gegen die Anführer des<br />

ungarischen Aufstandes von 1848/49 auszusprechen.<br />

Das fehlgeschlagene Attentat von 1853 nutzte<br />

der anfangs wenig beliebte Franz Joseph geschickt<br />

zur Imagekorrektur, die in der bombastischen<br />

Traumhochzeit mit seiner jungen Cousine Elisabeth<br />

gipfelte. Symptomatisch für die schwierige Beziehung<br />

der beiden so unterschiedlichen Charaktere:<br />

Bereits die Flitterwochen wurden durch den Ausbruch<br />

des Krimkrieges vereitelt. Der von Kindheit<br />

an zu strengem Pflichtbewusstsein erzogene Kaiser<br />

eilte frühmorgens in die Hofburg zu den Regierungsgeschäften,<br />

die freiheitsliebende Kaiserin litt<br />

zusehends unter der rigiden Hofetikette und der Dominanz<br />

ihrer Schwiegermutter und flüchtete bald<br />

nach der Geburt der gemeinsamen Kinder aus der<br />

Enge des Wiener Hofes.<br />

Wiener Pracht<br />

Die Ringstraße, das bedeutendste Bauprojekt seiner<br />

Regierungszeit, wird bis heute mit Franz Joseph<br />

assoziiert. In großen goldenen Lettern prangt etwa<br />

sein Name auf dem Kunsthistorischen und Naturhistorischen<br />

Museum. In der langen Friedensperiode<br />

nach den unglücklichen Kriegen gegen Preußen und<br />

Italien stieg Wien mit seinem neuen Prachtboulevard<br />

zur bedeutenden Weltstadt auf. Franz Joseph<br />

wuchs zur Integrationsfigur der wirtschaftlich aufblühenden<br />

Donaumonarchie, obwohl er es nicht vermochte,<br />

auf lange Sicht mit den wachsenden Nationalismen<br />

und Autonomiebestrebungen der<br />

verschiedenen Teile des Vielvölkerstaates, den sozialen<br />

Problemen und Forderungen des Bürgertums<br />

nach mehr Mitbestimmung umzugehen. Der Kaiser<br />

hatte hier eher eine „Nichtlösung im Auge“, wie Karl<br />

Vocelka anmerkt. Bezeichnend in diesem Zusammenhang<br />

die Klage des 23-jährigen Kronprinzen<br />

Der Kaiser in all seinen<br />

Facetten<br />

Die groß angelegte<br />

Ausstellung in Schloss<br />

Schönbrunn, der<br />

Kaiserlichen Wagenburg,<br />

dem Hofmobiliendepot und<br />

auf Schloss Niederweiden<br />

zeichnet in Themenbereichen<br />

wie „Repräsentation &<br />

Bescheidenheit“ oder „Jagd<br />

& Freizeit“ ein umfassendes<br />

und durchaus kritisches Bild<br />

der Person Franz Joseph.<br />

The Emperor and all his<br />

facets<br />

The large-scale exhibition at<br />

Schönbrunn Palace, the<br />

Imperial Carriage Museum,<br />

the Imperial Furniture<br />

Collection and Niederweiden<br />

castle portrays a<br />

comprehensive and indeed<br />

critical image of the person<br />

Franz Joseph was. Each of<br />

the four locations focuses on<br />

a specific aspect of his<br />

character with themes such<br />

as “Majesty & Modesty” or<br />

“Hunting & Recreation”.<br />

Franz Joseph. Zum 100.<br />

Todestag des Kaisers 1830<br />

– 1916<br />

16.3. bis 27.11.2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Franz Joseph. On the<br />

occasion of the centenary<br />

of the Emperor‘s death<br />

1830 – 1916<br />

16 March to 27 Nov., 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

franzjoseph2<strong>01</strong>6.at<br />

Das Haus Habsburg im<br />

Internet<br />

Eine Fülle von wissenschaftlich<br />

fundierten Texten zum<br />

Themenkomplex<br />

Habsburgerdynastie findet<br />

sich auch auf:<br />

The Habsburg dynasty<br />

on the Internet<br />

A large number of<br />

scientifically sound texts<br />

on the Habsburg dynasty<br />

can also be found on the<br />

website: habsburger.net<br />

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1 Schloss Schönbrunn.<br />

2 Kaiser Franz Joseph als dreijähriger Knabe. Lichtdruck nach<br />

Gemälde von Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, um 1833.<br />

Emperor Franz Joseph as a boy at the age of three. Heliography after<br />

a painting by Ferdinand Georg Waldmüller, around 1833.<br />

3 Kaiser Franz Joseph und Kaiserin Elisabeth auf Cap Martin in<br />

Menton. Heliogravüre nach Gemälde von Wilhelm Gause, 1894.<br />

Emperor Franz Joseph and Empress Elisabeth at Cape Martin in<br />

Menton. Heliogravure after a painting by Wilhelm Gause, 1894.<br />

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INFO<br />

Deutsche Bundesfürsten beim 60jährigen Regierungsjubiläum<br />

Kaiser Franz Josephs, 1908 in Schönbrunn.<br />

Farbdruck nach Franz von Matsch, 1908.<br />

German Federal Princes on the occasion of the 60-year<br />

anniversary of the accession of Emperor Franz Joseph I,<br />

at Schönbrunn in 1908. Color printing after Franz von<br />

Matsch, 1908.<br />

Franz Joseph I.<br />

und die Massenmedien<br />

Franz Joseph I and<br />

the mass media<br />

Der erste Österreichische<br />

Kaiser des Medienzeitalters<br />

bediente sich sehr<br />

geschickt des neuen<br />

Mediums Fotografie. In<br />

genauestens inszenierten<br />

Bildern, wurde über die<br />

Presse und Postkarten<br />

massenhaft das Bild Franz<br />

Josephs in der Öffentlichkeit<br />

gesteuert. Die<br />

Nationalbibliothek zeigt<br />

eine Auswahl ihrer über<br />

10.000 Fotografien und<br />

Grafiken sowie persönliche<br />

Dokumente des Kaisers.<br />

The first Austrian Emperor<br />

of the media age skillfully<br />

used the new medium of<br />

photography. The public‘s<br />

perception of Franz Joseph<br />

was controlled by pictures<br />

that had been staged and<br />

then widely distributed<br />

through the newspapers or<br />

as postcards. The National<br />

Library is showing a<br />

selection of their 10,000+<br />

photographs and graphics<br />

of Franz Joseph as well as<br />

some interesting personal<br />

documents that had<br />

belonged to the Emperor.<br />

Der ewige Kaiser. Franz<br />

Joseph 1830 – 1916<br />

11.3. bis 27.11.2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Prunksaal der Österreichischen<br />

Nationalbibliothek<br />

The eternal Emperor. Franz<br />

Joseph 1830 – 1916<br />

11 March to 27 November<br />

2<strong>01</strong>6, State Hall of the<br />

Austrian National Library<br />

onb.ac.at<br />

Rudolf in einem Brief an Graf Latour 1881: „Ich sehe<br />

die schiefe Ebene, auf der wir abwärts gleiten, kann<br />

aber in keiner Weise etwas thun, darf nicht einmal<br />

laut reden, ...“ Der Kaiser überlebte jedoch nicht nur<br />

seinen liberal gesinnten Sohn, der sich in Mayerling<br />

das Leben nahm, sondern ebenso seinen zum Thronfolger<br />

nachgerückten Neffen Franz Ferdinand, der<br />

1914 beim folgenschweren Attentat von Sarajevo erschossen<br />

wurde. Österreich-Ungarn schlitterte in die<br />

Katastrophe des Ersten Weltkrieges und letztlich in<br />

seinen Untergang. Als Franz Joseph am 21. November<br />

1916 im hohen Alter von 86 Jahren verstarb,<br />

wurde für viele nicht nur der Kaiser, sondern auch<br />

gleich sein Reich zu Grabe getragen. Ohne Zweifel<br />

ging mit dem Tod Franz Josephs eine Epoche zu<br />

Ende. Und es war schon klar, dass aus den Trümmern<br />

des Krieges nur ein neues politisches System<br />

steigen konnte.<br />

Franz Joseph I. hat Österreich-Ungarn so lange<br />

regiert, dass das Wort Kaiser im österreichischen<br />

Sprachgebrauch bis heute Synonym für seine Person<br />

ist. Das Jubiläumsjahr bietet Anlass zur kritischen<br />

Auseinandersetzung mit dem zweitletzten Monarchen<br />

der Habsburgerdynastie, entlang dessen Biografie<br />

sich wie an keiner anderen Person die politischen<br />

und gesellschaftlichen Entwicklungen und<br />

Brüche des 19. und beginnenden 20. Jahrhunderts in<br />

Mitteleuropa ablesen lassen.<br />

Franz Joseph I at the laying of the foundation<br />

stone of the Vienna Technical Museum, surrounded<br />

by men in tailcoats and top hats. “R.<br />

Lechner, k. u. k. Hof- Manufactur für Photografie” can<br />

be seen on the edge of the slightly yellow photograph.<br />

Other photographs show the Emperor dressed in his<br />

hunting attire and short trousers, sitting on a tree trunk<br />

with a rifle on his lap, or in an open carriage on Mariahilfer<br />

Strasse, or in front of a row of people cheering<br />

when he visited Bad Aussee ... the 10,000+ photographs,<br />

graphics and documents on Franz Joseph I at<br />

the archives of the Austrian National Library have permanently<br />

engraved the image of the “kind old emperor”<br />

in Austria‘s collective memory, even to this day. No<br />

other person‘s life in Austrian history has been documented<br />

as extensively as his has, the first monarch of<br />

the media age and long-standing emperor. During his<br />

68 years of continuous reign not only were photography<br />

and film invented, but also the light bulb, telephone,<br />

car and air travel.<br />

2<strong>01</strong>6 marks the centenary of the death of Franz Joseph.<br />

This year people will, therefore, come across the<br />

Emperor quite often in numerous exhibitions, media<br />

reports and centenary celebrations. The monarch is<br />

present in everyday Austrian life anyway, e.g. in words<br />

including the term “Kaiser”, meaning emperor, such as<br />

“Kaisersemmel” (“Kaiser bread rolls”), “Kaiserschmarrn”<br />

(ripped pancake) and “Kaiserwetter” (glorious<br />

sunny weather). Every year, hundreds of thousands<br />

of tourists and people nostalgic about the Habsburg<br />

SCHLOSS SCHÖNBRUNN KULTUR- UND BETRIEBSGES.M.B.H. /ALEXANDER EUGEN KOLLER, ÖSTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK<br />

Frasquita<br />

Operette von Franz Lehár<br />

17. Juni – 27. August 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Das Dreimäderlhaus<br />

Singspiel von Heinrich Berté<br />

8. Juli – 4. September 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Jekyll & Hyde<br />

Musical von Leslie Bricusse<br />

und Frank Wildhorn<br />

29. Juli – 2. September 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Das Dschungelbuch<br />

Ballett nach Rudyard Kipling<br />

4. Juni und 28. August 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

dynasty come to Vienna and Bad Ischl to follow his<br />

tracks. His portrait is printed on crockery, chocolate<br />

and a number of other products. Often with his wife<br />

Elisabeth whose popularity and glorification far exceeds<br />

that of her husband‘s. Sisi and Franzl – the perfect<br />

couple of the 19th century, the personification of<br />

imperial Austria. But what was the emperor really like?<br />

“We are trying to convey a balanced image of Franz<br />

Joseph whose public perception was and still is shaped<br />

by myths and clichés,” according to the historian Karl<br />

Vocelka, who together with Michaela Vocelka is the<br />

author of a new biography on Franz Joseph and is the<br />

curator of the large-scale centenary exhibition at<br />

Schönbrunn Palace and three other locations. Despite<br />

the monarch‘s life having been extensively documented,<br />

it is obvious that the historic personality of Franz<br />

Joseph only partially corresponds to the huge amount<br />

of pictures that the Imperial family carefully staged as<br />

well as censured. The centenary exhibitions also reveal<br />

more, partially controversial, facets of the man behind<br />

the image of the kind old monarch. From being a hardliner<br />

and advocate of an absolute monarchy, through to<br />

someone who often put off making important decisions<br />

as long as possible, to the pedantic bureaucrat who<br />

had documents sent to him even when on holiday, to<br />

the caring grandfather who at least discarded his distant<br />

manner when he was with his grandchildren.<br />

Barely 18 when he was acclaimed emperor in 1848<br />

in the midst of the turmoil of the revolutionary year,<br />

Franz Joseph was an uncompromising monarch with<br />

an absolute claim to power when he started his reign<br />

and did not shy away from pronouncing the death<br />

sentences of numerous ringleaders of the Hungarian<br />

revolution in 1848/49. The highly unpopular Franz<br />

Joseph skilfully used the failed assassination attempt<br />

in 1853 to improve his image, which peaked with the<br />

grandiose dream wedding to his young cousin Elisabeth.<br />

A perfect example of the difficult relationship<br />

between these two very different personalities: even<br />

the honeymoon was thwarted because of the outbreak<br />

of the Crimean War. The Emperor who had been<br />

brought up with a strong sense of duty would hurry to<br />

the Hofburg Palace early in the morning to see to<br />

government business. The freedom-loving empress<br />

increasingly suffered from the rigid court etiquette<br />

and the dominance of her mother-in-law and fled the<br />

Jubiläum<br />

110 Jahre<br />

Franz Joseph I. beim Spaziergang<br />

mit Katharina Schratt (um 1895,<br />

Arthur Floeck).<br />

Franz Joseph I, taking a walk with<br />

Katharina Schratt (around 1895,<br />

Arthur Floeck).<br />

Spielzeit 4. 6. – 4. 9. 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

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NACHGEFRAGT | ENQUIRED<br />

Univ.-Prof. (i. R.) Dr. Karl Vocelka & Mag. Michaela Vocelka<br />

Michaela Vocelka, Historikerin und Leiterin des Simon Wiesenthal Archiv und Karl Vocelka, langjähriger Vorstand des<br />

Instituts für Geschichte an der Universität Wien, sind Autoren einer 2<strong>01</strong>5 erschienenen Franz Joseph Biografie.<br />

Karl Vocelka ist zudem Kurator der aktuellen Ausstellung zum 100. Todestag des Kaisers in Schönbrunn, dem Hofmobiliendepot<br />

und Schloss Niederweiden. Michaela Vocelka, historian and director of the Simon Wiesenthal Archive and Karl<br />

Vocelka, longtime head of the Institute of History at the University of Vienna, are authors of a Franz Joseph biography<br />

published in 2<strong>01</strong>5. Karl Vocelka is also curator of the current exhibition to mark the centenary of the death of the Emperor<br />

at Schönbrunn, the Imperial Furniture Collection and Niederweiden castle.<br />

Sie haben gerade die Biografie „Franz Joseph I., Kaiser von Österreich und<br />

König von Ungarn“ veröffentlicht – was gibt es zur Person Franz Joseph noch<br />

Neues zu sagen?<br />

MICHAELA VOCELKA: Wir haben den vielen existierenden Publikationen eine Biografie<br />

gegenübergestellt, die auf kritischer Quellenanalyse basiert, mehr auf die Person Franz<br />

Josephs fokussiert und auch die Brüche seines Charakters aufzeigt – das ist, wenn man so<br />

will, das Neue an diesem Buch.<br />

Gelingt es der historischen Person Franz Joseph im Jubiläumsjahr 2<strong>01</strong>6 aus<br />

dem Schatten seiner populären Frau Sisi herauszutreten?<br />

MICHAELA VOCELKA: Kurzfristig wird es im Jubiläumsjahr vielleicht ein Übergewicht in<br />

der Beschäftigung mit Franz Joseph geben, aber langfristig ist Kaiserin Elisabeth<br />

sicherlich die medial interessantere Gestalt. Ihre ambivalente Persönlichkeit bietet sich<br />

an, sie als Projektionsfläche für verschiedene Zugänge der Gegenwart – die emanzipierte<br />

Frau, die sportliche Frau, die „Esoterikerin“ etc. – zu instrumentalisieren.<br />

Betrachtet man die Regierungszeit Franz Josephs, entsteht der Eindruck, dass<br />

er Konflikte eher auf militärischem als auf diplomatischem Weg zu lösen<br />

suchte.<br />

KARL VOCELKA: Man hat vor allem nach 1866 durchaus versucht, diplomatisch zu<br />

agieren. Besonders in der Balkanfrage, die allerdings unendlich komplex war. Daher auch<br />

die lange Zeit weitgehenden Friedens für die Habsburgermonarchie von 1866 bis 1914.<br />

Bei den großen Kriegen allerdings, die Franz Joseph führte – 1859 gegen Piemont-Sardinien<br />

und Frankreich und 1866 gegen Preußen und Italien – war der Kaiser schnell mit<br />

militärischen Entscheidungen zur Hand, die auf der Idee der Ehre der Monarchie und der<br />

Pflichterfüllung des Monarchen beruhten. Ein letztes Mal findet sich diese Argumentationsweise<br />

in der Kriegserklärung 1914.<br />

Abgesehen von seiner Jagdleidenschaft trat der Kaiser ja fast ausschließlich als<br />

pflichtbewusster, erster Beamter der Monarchie in Erscheinung – gab es die<br />

Privatperson Franz Joseph überhaupt?<br />

MICHAELA VOCELKA: Natürlich gab es auch private Phasen, etwa im Zusammenleben<br />

mit seiner Frau, später dann mit seinen Töchtern und Enkelkindern oder auf der Jagd, aber<br />

so richtig „auf Urlaub“ war der Kaiser nie. Auch in Bad Ischl, oder bei seinen Besuchen bei<br />

Elisabeth, wenn sie im Süden oder in der Schweiz war, wurden ihm per Kurier Akten<br />

nachgeschickt. Sein geradezu idealtypisches „beamtisches“ Pflichtbewusstsein und seine<br />

„Verantwortung“ für „seinen Staat“ waren ihm äußerst wichtig.<br />

Dann natürlich die Gretchenfrage zu Franz Joseph: Trägt der Kaiser mit seiner<br />

Unterschrift unter der Kriegserklärung die Verantwortung für den Ersten<br />

Weltkrieg? Oder anders gefragt: Gab es für Franz Joseph in dieser Situation<br />

überhaupt einen Handlungsspielraum?<br />

KARL VOCELKA: Die Frage der Kriegsschuld wurde im Jahr 2<strong>01</strong>4 intensiv diskutiert,<br />

wobei es an der Grundtatsache, dass alle europäischen Mächte den Krieg wollten, wenig<br />

zu rütteln gibt. Zweifellos hat allerdings Franz Joseph formal den Krieg erklärt und was<br />

den Handlungsspielraum anlangt, so hätte man auf die Beantwortung des Ultimatums<br />

durch Serbien durchaus auch anders reagieren können.<br />

You recently published the biography „Franz Joseph I, Emperor of Austria and King<br />

of Hungary“ – what new revelations can be made about Franz Joseph, the person?<br />

MICHAELA VOCELKA: Juxtaposed against many existing publications, our biography is<br />

based on critical source analysis and focuses more on the person Franz Joseph was,<br />

including his character flaws – this is, if you will, what is new in this book.<br />

Is it possible for the historical figure of Franz Joseph to step out of the shadow of<br />

his popular wife Sisi in the anniversary year 2<strong>01</strong>6?<br />

MICHAELA VOCELKA: In the short term, there might be an overabundance in the study of<br />

Franz Joseph during the anniversary year, but in the long term, Empress Elisabeth<br />

certainly attracts more media attention. Her ambivalent personality provides a projection<br />

angle for different approaches relevant to present time – the emancipated woman, the<br />

active and athletic woman, the esoteric woman, and so forth.<br />

When reviewing the reign of Franz Joseph, one is left with the impression that he<br />

sought to resolve conflicts through military rather than diplomatic actions.<br />

KARL VOCELKA: Especially after 1866, the diplomatic course of action was endeavoured.<br />

Particularly in the Balkan <strong>issue</strong> which was, however, infinitely complex. Hence the long<br />

duration of peace for the Habsburg Monarchy from 1866 to 1914. In the great wars,<br />

nevertheless, led by Franz Joseph – 1859 against Piedmont-Sardinia and France and 1866<br />

against Prussia and Italy – the Emperor was quick to take military action, based on the<br />

idea of honour of the monarchy and the duty of the monarch. This reasoning was used<br />

one last time in the declaration of war in 1914.<br />

Aside from his passion for hunting, the Emperor mostly appeared to be a<br />

conscientious chief official of the monarchy – was there a private Franz Joseph<br />

at all?<br />

MICHAELA VOCELKA: Of course there were also private phases, such as daily life with his<br />

wife, and later with his daughters and grandchildren or on hunting trips, but the Emperor<br />

was never really „on vacation“. Even in Bad Ischl, or during his visits to Elisabeth when she<br />

was in the South or in Switzerland, files were forwarded to him by courier. His almost<br />

typical sense of duty and responsibility for „his state“ were extremely important to him.<br />

Now of course the crucial question regarding Franz Joseph: is the Emperor<br />

responsible for the First World War with his signing of the declaration of war? Or<br />

to put it another way: was there any room for manoeuvre for Franz Joseph in this<br />

situation at all?<br />

KARL VOCELKA: The <strong>issue</strong> of guilt was extensively discussed in 2<strong>01</strong>4, whereas the basic<br />

fact that all of the European powers wanted the war is certain. Undoubtedly, it was Franz<br />

Joseph who formally declared war and as the room for manoeuvre is concerned, it might<br />

certainly have been possible to react differently to the reply by Serbia regarding the<br />

ultimatum.<br />

PHOTOS: PRIVAT, ÖSTERREICHISCHE NATIONALBIBLIOTHEK<br />

constrictions of the Viennese Court soon after the birth<br />

of their children.<br />

Viennese splendour<br />

The Ringstrasse, the most important building project<br />

during his reign, is still associated with Franz<br />

Joseph. His name is displayed in large gold letters on the<br />

Kunsthistorisches Museum (Museum of Art History)<br />

and the Naturhistorisches Museum (Natural History<br />

Museum). During the long period of peace after the<br />

unfortunate wars against Prussia and Italy, Vienna improved<br />

its status with its new prestigious boulevard and<br />

became an important metropolis. Franz Joseph became<br />

the unifying figure of the economically flourishing monarchy<br />

residing on the Danube although he had no<br />

long-term solution on how to deal with the growing<br />

nationalisms and autonomous aspirations of the different<br />

parts of the multinational state, the social problems<br />

and the demands of the citizens for more participation.<br />

The Emperor had more of a “non-solution in mind”, as<br />

Karl Vocelka notes. The grievance of the 23-year old<br />

Crown Prince Rudolf in a letter to Count Latour in<br />

1881 is telling when taken in this context, “I can see the<br />

slope upon which we are sliding downwards, am very<br />

close to things but cannot do anything, am not even<br />

allowed to open my mouth ...” The Emperor, however,<br />

not only survived his liberally minded son who took his<br />

life in Mayerling, but also his nephew, Franz Ferdinand,<br />

who moved up as successor to the throne and whose<br />

assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 was to have far-reaching<br />

consequences. Austria-Hungary drifted into the<br />

catastrophe of the First World War and eventually to its<br />

fall. When Franz Joseph died on 2 November in 1916 at<br />

the ripe old age of 86, it was for many not only the Emperor<br />

but also his kingdom they carried to the grave.<br />

Franz Joseph‘s death undoubtedly brought an era to an<br />

end. And it was plain to see that only a new political<br />

system could rise out of the rubble of the war.<br />

Franz Joseph I reigned over Austria-Hungary for so<br />

long that even today the word “Kaiser” is synonymous<br />

with him. The centenary provides the opportunity for<br />

a critical debate on the penultimate monarch of the<br />

Habsburg dynasty, whose biography shows the political<br />

and social developments and failings of the 19th<br />

and the beginning of the 20th century in Central Europe<br />

like no other.<br />

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Die Osterfestspiele Salzburg<br />

Salzburg Easter Festival<br />

Titelbild Programmprospekt<br />

der Osterfestspiele<br />

Salzburg 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

Cover of the programme<br />

brochure, Salzburg Easter<br />

Festival 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

Ostern in Salzburg – zu keiner anderen Zeit<br />

findet man ein erleseneres Festspielpublikum<br />

in der Mozartstadt. Darunter befinden<br />

sich zahlreiche hochkarätige Sponsoren aus Wirtschaft,<br />

Industrie, Kunst und Kultur, die den Traum des<br />

Gründers der Osterfestspiele, Herbert von Karajan,<br />

von einem Festival mit finanzieller und künstlerischer<br />

Unabhängigkeit Wirklichkeit werden lassen.<br />

Einzigartig ist auch das hochwertige Programm des<br />

anspruchsvollsten Festivals der Welt. Oper, Orchesterund<br />

Chorkonzerte, Kammerkonzerte und Jugendprojekte<br />

werden auf höchstem künstlerischen Niveau<br />

mit bestmöglicher Besetzung geboten.<br />

Künstlerischer Leiter der Osterfestspiele ist seit<br />

2<strong>01</strong>2 der in Berlin geborene Dirigent Christian<br />

Thielemann, ehemals musikalischer Assistent von<br />

INFO:<br />

Die Osterfestspiele Salzburg finden<br />

von 19.-28. März 2<strong>01</strong>6 statt.<br />

The Salzburg Easter Festival will take<br />

place from 19-28 March, 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

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Den von ihrem Gründer Herbert von<br />

Karajan erhobenen bedingungslosen<br />

Anspruch der höchsten künstlerischen<br />

Qualität erfüllen die Osterfestspiele<br />

Salzburg seit 1967 ungebrochen.<br />

The unconditional right to the highest<br />

artistic quality sought by its founder<br />

Herbert von Karajan has continuously<br />

been met at the Salzburg Easter Festival<br />

since 1967.<br />

Herbert von Karajan. „Orchester in Residenz“ ist die<br />

Sächsische Staatskapelle. Thielemann begann seine<br />

musikalische Laufbahn 1978 an der Deutschen Oper<br />

in Berlin, war Erster Kapellmeister an der Düsseldorfer<br />

Rheinoper und 1988 jüngster Generalmusikdirektor<br />

Deutschlands in Nürnberg. In gleicher Position<br />

ging er 1997 an die Deutsche Oper Berlin, war von<br />

2004 bis 2<strong>01</strong>1 Generalmusikdirektor der Münchner<br />

Philharmoniker und übernahm 2<strong>01</strong>2 als Chef dirigent<br />

die Leitung der Sächsischen Staats kapelle Dresden.<br />

Das Orchester wurde 1548 durch Kurfürst Moritz<br />

von Sachsen als Hofkapelle gegründet, Richard<br />

Wagner bezeichnete es als seine „Wunderharfe“,<br />

Richard Strauss widmete ihm die „Alpensinfonie“.<br />

2007 wurde das Orchester in Brüssel mit dem Preis<br />

der Europäischen Kulturstiftung für die Bewahrung<br />

1<br />

2<br />

3<br />

4<br />

Text: Eva Maria von Schilgen<br />

1 Vincent Boussard<br />

2 Christian Thielemann<br />

3 Christian Lacroix<br />

4 Vincent Lemaire<br />

PHOTOS: OSTERFESTSPIELE SALZBURG, MATTHIASCREUTZIGER (2), THOMAS LOHR, ARCHIV DER SALZBURGER FESTSPIELE/FOTO SCHAFFLER, ANNE KIRCHBACH<br />

Geschäftsführender Intendant<br />

Dr. Peter Ruzicka.<br />

Managing Director and Intendant<br />

Dr. Peter Ruzicka.<br />

des musikalischen Weltkulturerbes als bislang<br />

erstes Orchester ausgezeichnet, 2<strong>01</strong>3 wählte es<br />

das Magazin Opernwelt zum Orchester des Jahres.<br />

Im Zentrum der Festspiele steht jeweils eine<br />

Oper, 2<strong>01</strong>6 Giuseppe Verdis „Otello“. Es singen<br />

u.a. José Cura und Dorothea Röschmann,<br />

Christian Thielemann dirigiert die Sächsische<br />

Staatskapelle. Vincent Boussard ist für die Inszenierung,<br />

Vincent Lemaire für das Bühnenbild<br />

zuständig. Die Kostüme stammen von dem französischen<br />

Modeschöpfer Christian Lacroix.<br />

Geschäftsführender Intendant der Festspiele<br />

ist seit 2<strong>01</strong>5 der Musikwissenschaftler, Komponist<br />

und Dirigent Peter Ruzicka, welcher von<br />

2002 bis 2006 die Salzburger Sommer-Festspiele<br />

leitete. Zuvor war er als Intendant unter anderem<br />

an der Staatsoper Hamburg und von 1996 bis<br />

2<strong>01</strong>4 als künstlerischer Leiter für die Münchener<br />

Biennale tätig. Für seine Kompositionen erhielt<br />

er zahlreiche Preise und Auszeichnungen. „Ich<br />

schätze mich glücklich, dass ich an die Salzach<br />

zurückkehren konnte, um nun mit den Osterfestspielen<br />

Salzburg ein Festival ganz anderer Prägung<br />

zu leiten: ein kompaktes, intensives Angebot<br />

für Opern- und Konzertliebhaber, getragen<br />

von einer der besten Kombinationen aus Dirigent<br />

und Orchester, die es derzeit gibt. Insbesondere,<br />

da ich Christian Thielemann seit vielen Jahren<br />

künstlerisch und persönlich sehr verbunden<br />

bin, ist es mir eine besondere Freude, dass ich<br />

nun gemeinsam mit ihm das Festival<br />

im Sinne seines Gründers Herbert von Karajan<br />

weiterführen kann“, so Ruzicka.<br />

Easter in Salzburg – no other time attracts<br />

such a select festival audience to the city of Mozart.<br />

Among them are a number of top sponsors<br />

from the areas of business, industry, art and culture<br />

that make the dream of the founder of the<br />

Easter Festival, Herbert von Karajan, to stage a<br />

festival with financial and artistic independence,<br />

become a reality. nother unique feature is the<br />

quality of the programme of the most discerning<br />

festival in the world. Opera, orchestral and choral<br />

concerts, chamber concerts and youth projects<br />

of the highest artistic quality and with the<br />

best possible cast members are on offer.<br />

Since 2<strong>01</strong>2, the Berlin-born conductor Christian<br />

Thielemann, once musical assistant to Herbert<br />

von Karajan, has been artistic director of the<br />

Salzburg Easter Festival. The Staatskapelle Dresden<br />

is the „orchestra in residence“. He began his<br />

musical career in 1978 at the Deutsche Oper Berlin,<br />

was first conductor (Kapellmeister) at the<br />

Deutsche Oper am Rhein in Dusseldorf and in<br />

1988 became Germany’s youngest music director<br />

in Nuremberg. He returned to the Deutsche<br />

Oper Berlin in 1997, was music director at the<br />

Munich Philharmonic from 2004 to 2<strong>01</strong>1 and<br />

took over as principal conductor for the Staatskapelle<br />

Dresden in 2<strong>01</strong>2.<br />

The orchestra was founded in 1548 by Elector<br />

Moritz of Saxony as a court orchestra. Richard<br />

Wagner described it as his „miraculous harp“, Richard<br />

Strauss dedicated his „Alpine Symphony“<br />

to it. In 2007 the orchestra was the first orchestra<br />

to date to be awarded the European Prize for the<br />

Preservation of the World’s Musical Heritage in<br />

Brussels and in 2<strong>01</strong>3 the magazine Opernwelt<br />

elected it Orchestra of the Year.<br />

Every year, an opera takes centre stage at the<br />

festival, and in 2<strong>01</strong>6, it is Giuseppe Verdi‘s opera<br />

„Otello“. Besides others, José Cura and Dorothea<br />

Röschmann will sing, Christian Thielemann conducts<br />

the Staatskapelle Dresden. Vincent Boussard<br />

is stage director, Vincent Lemaire is stage<br />

designer. The costumes are created by the French<br />

fashion designer Christian Lacroix.<br />

Peter Ruzicka, musicologist, composer and<br />

conductor, took over as managing director and<br />

intendant in 2<strong>01</strong>5. He headed the Salzburg Summer<br />

Festival from 2002 to 2006. He was previously<br />

director of the Hamburg State Opera and artistic<br />

director of the Munich Biennale from 1996 to<br />

2<strong>01</strong>4, among other assignments. He has received<br />

numerous awards and prizes for his compositions.<br />

„I consider myself lucky that I was able to<br />

return to Salzburg to manage the Salzburg Easter<br />

Festival, a festival of a different character: a<br />

compact, intense range for opera and concert<br />

lovers, supported by one of the best combinations<br />

of conductor and orchestra there is to be<br />

found. In particular, as I have appreciated<br />

Christian Thielemann on an artistic and personal<br />

level for many years, it is a special pleasure<br />

that I now head the festival with him with the<br />

same spirit as its founder Herbert von Karajan,“<br />

he stated.<br />

„Orchester haben keinen eigenen Klang -<br />

den macht der Dirigent.“<br />

“An orchestra does not have its own sound –<br />

the conductor creates it.“<br />

Herbert von Karajan (1967)<br />

Die Die Paracelsus Medizinische Privatuniversität<br />

(PMU) ist ist eine eine als als Privatstiftung<br />

organisierte Institution mit mit<br />

Standorten in in Salzburg und und Nürnberg.<br />

Lehre, Patientenbetreuung und und<br />

Forschung sind sind die die drei drei Säulen, auf auf<br />

denen die die Paracelsus Universität<br />

2002 begründet wurde und und die die<br />

nach wie wie vor vor höchste Priorität<br />

haben. Mit Mit 20 20 Universitätsinstituten,<br />

einem Forschungszentrum und und acht acht<br />

Forschungsprogrammen wurde ge-<br />

gemeinsam<br />

mit mit den den Salzburger Universitätskliniken<br />

am am Salzburger Standort<br />

ein ein erstklassiges Ausbildungsangebot<br />

und und exzellente Forschung aufgebaut.<br />

Im Im Februar 2<strong>01</strong>4 wurde zusammen<br />

mit mit dem dem Klinikum Nürnberg ein ein<br />

zweiter Standort in in Nürnberg ge-<br />

gegründet,<br />

wo wo seit seit August ‘14 ‘14 das das Hu-<br />

Humanmedizinstudium<br />

angeboten wird. wird.<br />

Das Das Ausbildungsangebot der der PMU PMU in in<br />

Salzburg umfasst neben dem dem Diplomstudium<br />

der der Humanmedizin (Dr. (Dr. med.<br />

univ.) und und den den Studiengängen der der<br />

Pflegewissenschaft ab ab Herbst 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

ein ein Bachelor- und und Masterstudium der der<br />

Pharmazie* (Mag.pharm).<br />

Weiters werden drei drei postgraduelle<br />

Doktoratsstudiengänge sowie einige<br />

Universitäts- und und Weiterbildungslehrgänge<br />

angeboten.<br />

* * Vorbehaltlich der der Akkreditierung durch durch<br />

die die AQ AQ Austria.<br />

Bewerbungen für für die die Studiengänge<br />

Humanmedizin und und Pharmazie*<br />

sind sind bis bis 10. 10. April April 2<strong>01</strong>6 möglich!<br />

Nähere Informationen unter<br />

www.pmu.ac.at


SAVOIR VIVRE ARTS<br />

Kultur-Highlights Frühjahr 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Cultural highlights Spring 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Text: Evelyn Rois<br />

Grand pas de deux<br />

Manuel Legris, Ballettdirektor des Wiener Staatsballetts, bringt mit „Le Corsaire“ einen Klassiker der Ballettgeschichte - das erste Mal in voller<br />

Länge - auf die Wiener Staatsopernbühne. Legris, ehemals „Danseur Etoile“ unter Nurejew, schöpft dabei vor allem aus der reichen französischen<br />

und russischen Aufführungstradition der üppigen Orientfantasie mit Seeräubern, Piratenbräuten, Sklavenhändlern und dem berühmten<br />

„Le Corsaire – Pas de deux“ im 2. Akt. Premiere ist am 20.3.2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

„Maître de Ballet“ Manuel Legris, artistic director of the Vienna State Ballet, brings „Le Corsaire“, a ballet history classic, to the Vienna State<br />

Opera stage – in full length for the first time. Legris primarily draws on the rich French and Russian performing tradition of lush Oriental fantasy<br />

with pirates, pirate brides, slave traders and the famous „Le Corsaire – Pas de deux“ in the second act. Premiere is on 20 March 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

wiener-staatsoper.at<br />

Kostümentwurf von<br />

Luisa Spinatelli für<br />

die Rolle des Conrad.<br />

Costume design by<br />

Luisa Spinatelli for<br />

the part of Conrad.<br />

K. Kriwanek, Erinnerungen<br />

an Venedig in Wien, 1890<br />

Remembering Venice in<br />

Vienna, 1890<br />

Herbert Hinteregger, all<br />

over-store, 2006<br />

Installationsansicht<br />

Georg Kargl permanent,<br />

Wien<br />

Francisco de Goya, La<br />

gallina ciega, 1788<br />

Guter Theaterjahrgang<br />

Good year for theatre<br />

Frühling ist Festwochenzeit ist<br />

Opern- und Theaterzeit! Die neue<br />

Schauspielchefin der „Wiener<br />

Festwochen“ Marina Davydova,<br />

Moskauer Theaterkritikerin und<br />

Festivalmacherin, verspricht einen<br />

außerordentlich guten Theaterjahrgang<br />

mit kräftig russisch-osteuropäischem<br />

Einschlag und<br />

Produktionen wie Andrej Platonows<br />

„Tschewengur“ inszeniert von<br />

Altmeister Frank Castorf,<br />

Tschechows „Drei Schwestern“, neu<br />

gesehen vom jungen russischen<br />

Regiestar Timofej Kuljabin oder<br />

Gianina Cărbunarius spannende<br />

Theaterarbeit zum Phänomen<br />

Whistleblower „Gewöhnliche<br />

Menschen“. 13.5 bis 19.6.2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

Spring is festival, opera and theatre<br />

time! The new director of the<br />

„Wiener Festwochen“, Marina<br />

Davydova, theater critic and festival<br />

organiser from Moscow, promises a<br />

very good theatre year with<br />

Russian Eastern European influence<br />

and productions such as Andrei<br />

Platonov‘s „Chevengur“ directed by<br />

veteran Frank Castorf, Chekhov‘s<br />

„Three Sisters“, newly interpreted<br />

by young Russian star director<br />

Timothy Kuljabin or Gianina<br />

Cărbunariu’s exciting theatre work<br />

on the whistleblower phenomenon<br />

„Ordinary People“. 13 May to 19<br />

June 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

festwochen.at<br />

Mieczyslaw Weinbergs Oper „Die Passagierin“<br />

erlebt ihre Österreich Premiere bei den Wiener<br />

Festwochen.<br />

Mieczyslaw Weinberg´s opera „The Passenger“ will<br />

see its Austrian premiere at the Wiener Festwochen.<br />

PHOTOS: OPER FRANKFURT / BARBARA AUMÜLLER; WIENER STAATSOPER / MICHAEL PÖHN; WIEN MUSEUM;<br />

GEORG KARGL FINE ARTS / LISA RASTL; MUSEO NACIONAL DEL PRADO, MADRID<br />

Vom Picknickkorb<br />

zum Riesenrad<br />

From the picnic basket<br />

to the giant wheel<br />

Hochschaubahn, Riesenrad,<br />

Laufstrecke, Picknickwiese. Alles<br />

das ist der Wiener Prater seit<br />

250 Jahren. Davor galt allerdings:<br />

Betreten streng verboten - das<br />

Gelände war der Kaiserlichen<br />

Familie vorbehalten, die hier<br />

Schnepfen, Hirsche und Bären<br />

jagte. Zum runden Jubiläum rollt<br />

das Wien Museum vom 10.3 bis<br />

21.8.2<strong>01</strong>6 in der Ausstellung „In<br />

den Prater! Wiener Vergnügungen<br />

seit 1766“ mit spannenden<br />

Exponaten aus seiner Sammlung<br />

die abwechslungsreiche<br />

Geschichte dieser Wiener<br />

Institution auf.<br />

Rollercoaster ride, giant ferris<br />

wheel, jogging track, picnic area.<br />

The Vienna Prater has provided<br />

this for 250 years. However,<br />

before that time, entering was<br />

strictly prohibited – the area was<br />

reserved for the imperial family,<br />

who hunted snipes, deer and<br />

bears here. To celebrate the big<br />

anniversary, Wien Museum is<br />

holding the exhibition „Meet Me<br />

at the Prater! Viennese Pleasures<br />

since 1766“ with exciting exhibits<br />

from its collection, showcasing<br />

the rich history of this Viennese<br />

institution. From 10 March to 21<br />

August 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

wienmuseum.at<br />

Raumgreifend | Expansive space<br />

Heimo Zobernigs ins dreidimensionale kippende Bilder, die raumgreifenden abstrakten<br />

Anordnungen Esther Stockers - unter dem ein wenig sperrigen Titel „Abstrakt - Spazial“ zeigt<br />

die Kunsthalle Krems vom 13.3. bis 19.6.2<strong>01</strong>6 aktuelle Positionen aus dem spannenden<br />

Grenzbereich zwischen Malerei, Installation und Skulptur - trefflicher Anlass für einen<br />

Frühlingsausflug nach Krems und in die Wachau!<br />

Pictures shifting into three dimensions by Heimo Zobernig, expansive and abstract<br />

arrangements by Esther Stocker – Kunsthalle Krems exhibits positions examining the exciting<br />

borderline between painting, installation and sculpture under the somewhat unwieldy title<br />

„Abstract – Spatial“ from 13 March to 19 June 2<strong>01</strong>6. The perfect reason for a spring trip to<br />

Krems and the Wachau region!<br />

kunsthalle.at<br />

125 Jahre Kunst am<br />

Ring<br />

125 years of art at the<br />

Ringstrasse<br />

„Die Jäger im Schnee“ von Pieter<br />

Bruegel, Vermeers „Die<br />

Malkunst“, Raffael, Tintoretto,<br />

Rembrandt - das Kunsthistorische<br />

Museum Wien zählt zu den<br />

bedeutendsten Kunstsammlungen<br />

weltweit. Unter dem Motto<br />

»Museum für ALLE« feiert das<br />

KHM 2<strong>01</strong>6 seinen 125.<br />

Geburtstag mit Gesprächsreihen,<br />

der großen Jubiläumsausstellung<br />

„Feste Feiern“ vom 8.3. bis<br />

11.9.2<strong>01</strong>6 und zahlreichen<br />

weiteren Specials im Haus und<br />

außerhalb des Museums.<br />

„The Hunters in the Snow“ by<br />

Pieter Bruegel, Vermeer‘s „The<br />

Art of Painting“, Raphael,<br />

Tintoretto, Rembrandt – the<br />

Kunsthistorisches Museum Vienna<br />

houses one of the most<br />

important art collections<br />

worldwide. Under the motto „A<br />

Museum for Everyone“, the KHM<br />

celebrates its 125th jubilee year<br />

2<strong>01</strong>6 with the anniversary<br />

exhibition “Celebration!”<br />

including a series of talks, from 8<br />

March to 11 September 2<strong>01</strong>6 and<br />

numerous other events inside<br />

and outside the museum.<br />

khm.at<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE ARTS<br />

Höhenflug Osterklang<br />

Soaring Easter<br />

Marc Chagall, Der<br />

Spaziergang,<br />

1917-1918.<br />

Marc Chagall, The<br />

Promenade,<br />

1917-1918.<br />

Von der Couch auf den Sessel<br />

From the couch to the chair<br />

Von Emma Eckstein über Marie Bonaparte bis Anna Freud: Sechs Frauenportraits<br />

zeigen in der Sonderausstellung des Wiener Sigmund Freud Museums „Das ist das<br />

starke Geschlecht - Frauen in der Psychoanalyse“, dass Frauen in der Entstehungsgeschichte<br />

der Psychoanalyse einen gewichtigen Anteil inne hatten, als<br />

Analytikerinnen ebenso wie als Patientinnen - bis 12.6.2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

Emma Eckstein about Marie Bonaparte to Anna Freud: six women’s portraits<br />

featured in Sigmund Freud Museum Vienna’s special exhibition „So this is the<br />

strong sex. Women in Psychoanalysis“ show that women in the history of<br />

psychoanalysis assumed a significant role, as analysts and as patients alike – until<br />

12 June 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

freud-museum.at<br />

Russische Avantgarden<br />

Russian avant-garde<br />

Jedes Bild eine Kampfansage, jeder<br />

Pinselstrich getrieben vom Anspruch, die<br />

Kunst neu zu erfinden: Mit der Ausstellung<br />

„Chagall bis Malewitsch, die Russischen<br />

Avantgarden“ widmet die Albertina Wien in<br />

Kooperation mit dem Staatlichen Russischen<br />

Museum Sankt Petersburg, dieser äußerst<br />

produktiven Epoche der Kunstgeschichte bis<br />

26.6.2<strong>01</strong>6 eine großangelegte Schau mit 130<br />

Meisterwerken. Mit dabei auch das epochale<br />

Schwarze Quadrat von Malewitsch.<br />

Each picture is a challenge, every brush<br />

stroke driven by the desire to reinvent art:<br />

the Albertina in Vienna dedicates the<br />

exhibition „Chagall to Malevich, the Russian<br />

avant-gardes“ in cooperation with the State<br />

Russian Museum St Petersburg to this highly<br />

productive period in art history. This major<br />

presentation shows 130 masterpieces until<br />

26 June 2<strong>01</strong>6. The epochal Black Square by<br />

Malevich is also on display.<br />

albertina.at<br />

PHOTOS: ST. PETERSBURG, STAATLICHES RUSSISCHES MUSEUM, BILDRECHT, WIEN 2<strong>01</strong>6; SIGMUND FREUD PRIVATSTIFTUNG; PETER M. MAYR; GESELLSCHAFT DER MUSIKFREUNDE IN WIEN<br />

Einen hochkarätigen musikalischen<br />

Reigen entfaltet das 20.<br />

OsterKlang-Festival Wien vom<br />

18. bis 27.3.2<strong>01</strong>6: Johann<br />

Sebastian Bachs h-Moll Messe<br />

im Konzerthaus steht dabei<br />

ebenso am Programm wie Arvo<br />

Pärts Fratres in der Minoritenkirche<br />

oder Ludwig van Beethovens<br />

Pastorale im Musikverein. Neben<br />

Junges Ensemble, Theater an der Wien den Wiener Symphonikern mit<br />

Philippe Jordan am Dirigentenpult<br />

sind u.a. auch Altistin Wiebke Lehmkuhl, die Camerata Schulz oder<br />

Starpianistin Hélène Grimaud zu hören.<br />

A high-profile musical palette unfolds at the 20th OsterKlang Festival<br />

Vienna from 18 to 27 March 2<strong>01</strong>6: Johann Sebastian Bach‘s Mass in B<br />

Minor at the Konzerthaus is featured but also Arvo Pärt‘s Fratres in the<br />

Minoritenkirche or Ludwig van Beethoven‘s Pastoral Symphony in<br />

Musikverein. In addition to the Vienna Symphony Orchestra with<br />

Philippe Jordan on the podium, the contralto singer Wiebke Lehmkuhl,<br />

Camerata Schulz or Star pianist Hélène Grimaud can be heard.<br />

theater-wien.at<br />

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,<br />

Ölbild aus dem Besitz Joseph<br />

Sonnleithners<br />

Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart,<br />

oil painting in the possession<br />

of Joseph Sonnleithner<br />

Komponistenalltag in<br />

der Domgasse 5<br />

Composer’s daily life at<br />

Domgasse 5<br />

Ein Muss für alle Mozart Fans! Zum<br />

10-Jahres-Jubiläum zeigt das<br />

Mozarthaus Vienna die Sonderausstellung<br />

„Mozart im Mozarthaus -<br />

Highlights im Komponistenalltag“.<br />

Zahlreiche Originalhandschriften,<br />

Erstausgaben und Lebensdokumente<br />

des Musikgenies aus dem Archiv der<br />

Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde Wien<br />

sind bis 15.1.2<strong>01</strong>7 an Mozarts einstiger Wohn- und Wirkstätte in der<br />

Wiener Domgasse 5, zu bestaunen.<br />

A must for all Mozart fans! On the occasion of Mozarthaus Vienna’s<br />

10-year anniversary, the exhibition „Mozart in Mozarthaus. Highlights<br />

of the Composer‘s everyday life“ celebrates the jubilee. Numerous<br />

original manuscripts, first editions and personal documents of the<br />

musical genius from the archives of the Gesellschaft der Musikfreunde<br />

Wien (Society of the Friends of Music Vienna) can be admired until 15<br />

January 2<strong>01</strong>7 in Mozart‘s former residence and workplace at Domgasse<br />

5 in Vienna.<br />

mozarthausvienna.at<br />

johann hauser.!<br />

life's work<br />

Running from 6 june 2<strong>01</strong>6<br />

until 8 january 2<strong>01</strong>7<br />

museum gugging, Am Campus 2<br />

A-3400 Maria Gugging, T + 43 (0)2243 87087<br />

museum@gugging.at, www.gugging.at<br />

Opening Hours:<br />

Wintertime Tu – Su 10 am – 5 pm<br />

Summertime Tu – Su 10 am – 6 pm<br />

Johann Hauser, Schlange und Herz, Detail, 1974 © Privatstiftung-Künstler aus Gugging<br />

| Rudolf Horacek, Rudolf Horacek in Mannswörth, Detail, 1984 © Privatstiftung-Künstler aus Gugging<br />

Marie Bonaparte<br />

fotografiert in Freuds<br />

Arbeitszimmer, Wien 1937.<br />

Marie Bonaparte takes<br />

photos in Freud´s study,<br />

Vienna 1937.<br />

The Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna<br />

1., Schillerplatz 3 | Tue – Sun 10 am – 6 pm | www.akademiegalerie.at<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE UPCOMING<br />

Wo es uns gefällt<br />

Where we love to be<br />

Text: Daniela Pötzl<br />

Genuss | Enjoyment<br />

Erlesenes für Kopf & Seele | Treat your mind and soul<br />

Wenn die ersten zarten Blüten und Knospen zu sprießen beginnen und die warmen<br />

Sonnenstrahlen ins Freie locken, ist genau die richtige Zeit für einige Urlaubstage in den Tiroler<br />

Bergen. Das Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol, inmitten der Natur auf dem Seefelder Plateau gelegen, sorgt für<br />

exklusive Osterfeiertage und bringt Sie entspannt in den Frühling.<br />

Ein absolutes Highlight ist am 26. März die Lesung mit dem bekannten Schauspieler Tobias Moretti,<br />

musikalisch umrahmt von Siggi Haider am Akkordeon. Zur Matinée am Ostersonntag spielt dann<br />

das Karl Edelmann Salonorchester (im Bild).<br />

When the first tender blossoms and buds start sprouting and the warm rays of the sun are<br />

tempting you to go outside, then this is the ideal time to take a short break in the Tyrolean<br />

mountains. The Interalpen-Hotel Tyrol, surrounded by unspoilt nature on the Seefeld<br />

Plateau, will make your Easter holiday unique and help you leap into spring refreshed and relaxed.<br />

Not to be missed is the reading on 26 March with the well-known actor Tobias Moretti, accompanied on the<br />

accordion by Siggi Haider. The Karl Edelmann Salonorchester (see picture) will be playing the matinée on<br />

Easter Sunday.<br />

INFO:<br />

INTERALPEN-HOTEL TYROL<br />

Dr.-Hans-Liebherr-Alpenstraße 1<br />

6410 Telfs-Buchen bei Seefeld<br />

Tel.: +43 50 809-30<br />

interalpen.com<br />

Neustart | Reboot<br />

Neue Turm-Herren | Tower with new owners<br />

Der Donauturm, 252 Meter hohes Wahrzeichen der Stadt Wien seit 1964, zieht jährlich<br />

rund 400.000 Besucher an. Nun wurde die Mehrheitsbeteiligung im Besitz der Bank<br />

Austria an die Blaguss Gruppe und Partner verkauft. Vor 10 Jahren konnte man im Turm<br />

sogar übernachten. Wir dürfen also gespannt sein, welche kreativen Ideen zukünftig<br />

verwirklicht werden können.<br />

The Donauturm, a landmark of Vienna towering 252 metres since 1964, attracts about<br />

400,000 visitors every year. Bank Austria has recently sold its majority stake to<br />

Blaguss Group and Partners. 10 years ago, it was even possible to spend the night in<br />

the tower. We can‘t wait to find out which creative ideas are going to be implemented<br />

here in the future. donauturm.at<br />

Flug-Destination | Flight destination<br />

Auf nach Marokko! | Off to Morocco!<br />

Für einen Kurztrip in den Orient – die Flugzeit<br />

liegt unter vier Stunden – bietet sich die<br />

Direktverbindung zwischen Wien und<br />

Marrakesch von Niki an. Geflogen wird jeweils<br />

am Donnerstag und am Sonntag. Zudem fliegt<br />

die Airline jeden Dienstag nach Agadir, direkt<br />

am Atlantik im Süden Marokkos. Im Ticketpreis<br />

enthalten sind alkoholfreie Getränke sowie ein<br />

warmer Snack an Bord..<br />

For a short trip to the Orient – it takes less<br />

than four hours by plane – the direct<br />

connection between Vienna and Marrakesh<br />

operated by Niki is ideal. Flights are on<br />

Thursdays and Sundays. Every Tuesday the<br />

airline also flies to Agadir, located in southern<br />

Morocco, right on the Atlantic coast.<br />

Non-alcoholic beverages and a hot snack on<br />

board are included in the ticket price.<br />

flyniki.com<br />

PHOTOS: INTERALPEN HOTEL TYROL, SALONORCHESTER EDELMANN, WIEN TOURISMUS/WILLFRIED GREDLER-OXENBAUER; LUKAS BECK, APPARTEMENTHAUS SUNNSAIT, SALZBURGERLAND TOURISMUS, LE K-FE, HOTEL SACHER, HOTEL BRISTOL<br />

Termin-Aviso | Save the date<br />

Frühlingsball | Spring ball<br />

Am 8. April findet in der Beletage Park Hyatt<br />

Vienna ein grandioser Frühlingsball statt.<br />

Unter dem Motto „Treasuries for Children“<br />

wird der Abend zum Charity-Event zu Gunsten<br />

von UNICEF. Für die musikalischen Highlights<br />

des Abends sorgen die Wiener Sängerknaben<br />

und der international gefeierte Stargeiger<br />

Julian Rachlin.<br />

A splendid spring ball will be taking place at<br />

the Park Hyatt Vienna in the bel étage on 8<br />

April. The evening is a charity event for<br />

UNICEF under the motto “Treasuries for<br />

Children”. The Vienna Boys‘ Choir and the<br />

internationally acclaimed violinist Julian<br />

Rachlin will be providing the musical<br />

highlights of the evening.<br />

treasuries4children.com<br />

Jubiläum | Anniversary<br />

10 Jahre Salzburger Almenweg<br />

| 10 years Salzburger Almenweg<br />

Der 350 Kilometer lange Salzburger Almenweg<br />

feiert Geburtstag. Tausende von begeisterten<br />

Wanderern, Bergsteigern und Naturliebhabern<br />

haben sich im vergangenen Jahrzehnt auf den Weg<br />

mit 120 urigen Almhütten gemacht, um die 31<br />

Etappen zu erwandern. Das große Geburtstagsfest<br />

mit Musik und Kulinarik findet am 3. Juli 2<strong>01</strong>6 auf<br />

den Astenalmen in Bad Gastein statt.<br />

The Salzburger Almenweg stretching 350 km is<br />

celebrating its birthday. Last year, thousands of<br />

enthusiastic hikers, mountaineers and nature lovers<br />

hit the trails, with 120 rustic alpine cabins, in order<br />

to discover the 31 stages. The grand birthday party<br />

will have music and culinary delights and will take<br />

place on the Astenalm pasture in Bad Gastein on 3<br />

July 2<strong>01</strong>6.<br />

salzburger-almenweg.at<br />

Entspannung | Relaxing<br />

Auf der Sonnenseite | On the sunny side<br />

Inmitten des Hochkönigmassivs, in Maria Alm im Salzburger Land, liegt das exklusiv ausgestattete Appartementhaus Sunnsait,<br />

benannt nach seiner bevorzugten Lage. Klein und fein: Den Gästen der nur acht Appartements steht ein eigener Wellnessbereich<br />

mit Hallenbad, Sauna, Fitnessraum und Sonnenterrasse zur Verfügung. Der in nur fünf Minuten erreichbare Golfclub<br />

Urslautal wartet für Sunnsait Gäste mit einer 30% Ermäßigung aufs Greenfee auf.<br />

The Sunnsait apartment house with high-quality fittings and furnishings, named after its favoured location, is located in the<br />

heart of the Hochkönig massif, in Maria Alm in the province of Salzburg. Small and splendid: guests staying in the eight<br />

apartments have full use of the spa area with an indoor pool, sauna, gym and sun terrace. Urslautal golf club can be reached<br />

within five minutes where Sunnsait guests receive a 30% discount on the green fee.<br />

sunnsait.at<br />

Köstlichkeiten | Delights<br />

Kipferlzeit im Le K-Fé<br />

| Croissant time at Le K-Fé<br />

Johanna Koerner, die ein kleines, feines<br />

Catering betreibt, und PR-Agentur<br />

Besitzerin Karin Witasek haben sich<br />

beruflich zusammengetan. Im Le K-Fé,<br />

betrieben im Erdgeschoß im Sofitel<br />

Vienna, werden neben Getränken nun<br />

köstliche Kipferln und kleine<br />

Fingerfood-Croissants, jedes einzeln<br />

von Hand gefertigt, mit verschiedensten<br />

Füllungen gereicht. Süß oder<br />

pikant? Am besten gleich mehrere<br />

Sorten verkosten…<br />

Johanna Koerner who runs a small and<br />

excellent catering business and PR<br />

agency owner Karin Witasek have<br />

joined forces. Le K-Fé, located on the<br />

ground floor of Sofitel Vienna, serves<br />

not only drinks but also delicious<br />

Kipferl and small finger-food<br />

croissants, every single one handmade<br />

and with various fillings. Sweet or<br />

savoury? You will probably have to try<br />

several different flavours to decide...<br />

sofitel-vienna-stephansdom.com<br />

Küchenchefs | Chefs<br />

Neu am Herd<br />

| New in the kitchen<br />

Neue Kochlöffel rühren gut! Nach zehn<br />

Jahren in der Sacher Küche übergab<br />

Werner Pichlmaier (siehe S. 82) die<br />

(Koch)Hauben an den Steirer Dominik<br />

Stolzer, der die große kulinarische<br />

Tradition des Hauses fortsetzt. Der<br />

Wiener Manuel Gratzl lenkt seit Ende<br />

2<strong>01</strong>5 die kulinarischen Geschicke des<br />

Traditionshotels Bristol.<br />

New chefs at the helm! After ten years<br />

in the kitchen at Sacher, Werner<br />

Pichlmaier (see p. 82) passed on the<br />

(cook‘s) toque to Dominik Stolzer from<br />

Styria who will continue with the<br />

hotel‘s great culinary tradition. Manuel<br />

Gratzl from Vienna has been heading<br />

the skilled kitchen team at the<br />

traditional Hotel Bristol since the end<br />

of 2<strong>01</strong>5.<br />

sacher.com<br />

bristolvienna.com<br />

Vorausschau | Preview<br />

Publikumsmagnet<br />

| Crowd puller<br />

Mit mehr als 400.000<br />

Besuchern jährlich sind die<br />

Esterhazy Tourismus- und<br />

Kulturangebote die stärksten<br />

Besucher-Magnete im<br />

Burgenland. Für den<br />

Frühsommer ist eine eigene<br />

Ausstellung über das<br />

Fürstengeschlecht in<br />

Vorbereitung. Neu sind die<br />

beiden Festivals „Lovely Days“<br />

und „Nova Jazz & Blues Night“<br />

im Schlosspark Esterhazy.<br />

With more than 400,000<br />

visitors every year, the tourist<br />

and cultural events at<br />

Esterházy Palace are the<br />

strongest crowd puller in<br />

Burgenland. For early summer,<br />

an exhibition on the princely<br />

family is being prepared for.<br />

Esterházy Palace Park will be<br />

hosting two new festivals this<br />

year, “Lovely Days” and “Nova<br />

Jazz & Blues Night”.<br />

esterhazy.at<br />

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SAVOIR VIVRE TRAVEL<br />

Fernweh<br />

Itchy Feet<br />

Die besten neuen Hotels und Restaurants aus aller Welt. | The best new hotels and restaurants around the world.<br />

Text: Gerald Sturz<br />

Marrakesch | Marrakesh<br />

Beachcomber Royal Palm<br />

Marrakech<br />

Besser und schöner können Ambiente<br />

und Umgebung gar nicht sein: Das<br />

Royal Palm Marrakech liegt inmitten<br />

eines großzügigen Palmen- und<br />

Olivenhains mit kleinen Seen, in der<br />

Ferne sind die majestätischen, meist<br />

schneebedeckten Gipfel des Hohen<br />

Atlas zu sehen und Marrakesch, eine<br />

der eindrucksvollsten Städte<br />

Marokkos, ist nur wenige Autominuten<br />

entfernt. Weil das Resort darüber<br />

hinaus noch über einen spektakulären<br />

18-Loch-Golfplatz verfügt, der von<br />

Cabell B. Robinson, dem angesehenen<br />

Golfplatz-Architekten, entworfen<br />

wurde, ist es vor allem das angesagte<br />

Ziel von Golfern.<br />

Das Royal Palm Marrakech bietet eine<br />

Kollektion von exklusiven Villen und<br />

Suiten, deren Architektur von der<br />

Kultur der Berber beeinflusst ist, drei<br />

gehobene Restaurants, ein<br />

Clarins-Spa, einen Kinderclub und ein<br />

Sportzentrum mit einem halb-olympischen<br />

Pool und den neuesten<br />

Sportgeräten.<br />

Atmosphere and surroundings don‘t<br />

get any better or more beautiful: the<br />

Royal Palm Marrakech lies in the heart<br />

of a large palm and olive grove with<br />

small lakes, the majestic, mainly<br />

snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas<br />

mountains can be seen in the distance<br />

and Marrakesh, one of the most<br />

impressive towns in Morocco, is only a<br />

few minutes away by car. As the<br />

resort also has a spectacular 18-hole<br />

golf course, which was designed by<br />

the renowned golf course architect<br />

Cabell B. Robinson, it has become the<br />

place to be for golfers.<br />

The Royal Palm Marrakech has a<br />

number of exclusive villas and suites<br />

whose architecture has been<br />

influenced by the Berber culture, three<br />

exclusive restaurants, a Clarins spa, a<br />

kids club and a sports centre with a<br />

semi-Olympic swimming pool and the<br />

latest in sports equipment.<br />

beachcomber-hotels.com<br />

PHOTOS: ALAN KEOHANE (2), ALEXANDRE CHAPLIER (2), AXEL RUHOMAULLY, FRANK MONTANARO, BEIGESTELLT<br />

London<br />

Hotel Cafe Royal<br />

Eine Gourmet-Extravaganza der ganz<br />

besonderen Art erwartet Gäste der Bar und des<br />

Restaurants im Hotel Café Royal an der Regent<br />

Street in London. Weil das Café Royal dieser<br />