This episode explores Austrian history and politics, looking to lessons of the past to understand the future of democracy in the country. What might growing support for right wing nationalism mean for Austria? And how does the country’s neutrality play a role in relationships with external power in the EU and beyond? Listen to hear about Austria’s complex political realities and paradoxes.
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Professor Paul Lendvai, a veritable doyen of political journalism in Austria and beyond, celebrated his 94th birthday this year. Born in 1929 in Budapest, he fled Hungary after the crushing of the 1956 revolution and became a naturalized Austrian citizen.
He started his journalistic career in 1957 and soon became the Financial Times correspondent for Eastern Europe, a position he held for more than two decades. He was a contributor to The Economist. He wrote columns for Austrian, German, and Swiss print media and radio. In 1982, he became editor in chief at the Eastern European Department of the Austrian National Public Broadcasting Company, ORF. Lendvai was the editor in chief and co-publisher of Europäische Rundschau, a Viennese international quarterly for almost 50 years. He runs the monthly discussion panel, Europastudio, on the ORF’s TV channel. The winner of numerous awards, most recently the Concordia Prize for Lifetime Achievement, awarded in the Austrian Parliament, Paul Lendvai has authored more than two dozen books.