S07E10: Paul Lend­vai on “Aus­tria Behind the Mask” 

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.

Guest fea­tured in this episode:

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.


Shalini Randeria

Shalini Randeria is Rector and President of the Central European University (Vienna/Budapest). Before, she was Professor of Social Anthropology and Sociology at the Graduate Institute Geneva, and Rector of the Institute of Human Sciences (IWM) in Vienna from 2014 to 2021. She has published widely on the anthropology of globalisation, law, the state and social movements. Her empirical research on India also addresses issues of post-coloniality and multiple modernities.