Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A New Profile for Austria

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

A New Profile for Austria

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AUSTRIA'S international reputation has steadily declined over the past decade. But that decline may be ending.

The reports on President Kurt Waldheim's Nazi past - initially denied by Mr. Waldheim - did the most damage. He was banned from visiting the United States. Nor does he travel in Europe.

The only positive headlines Waldheim received overseas last year came from the Iraqi press, when he went to Baghdad to negotiate the release of Austrian hostages.

Moreover, much of the international community feels that, unlike Germany, Austria has been slow to repent of its Nazi past, its nationalistic tendencies, and its stubborn anti-Semitism. Two weeks ago, Joerg Haider, governor of Carinthia province, stated in the course of a debate over work permits for immigrants that Austria's employment policy was much better during the Third Reich. First he regretted the comment, then tried to defend it.

But Austria's cloud lifted on June 21. On that day, Waldheim declared he would not seek a second term and the federal assembly voted Mr. …

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