How a Pub Visit in Erdberg cost England €3 bn

BY WOLFGANG GEISSLER Once upon a time, when schools were still on a Saturday and cinemas had matinees, our Professor in English shepherded forty-two excited fourth-formers on such a day to such a cinema. It was the “Bürgerkino”, now a bank, on Landstraßer Hauptstraße, in Vienna’s third district. The year was 1958. The ... Weiterlesen >

Von |2021-12-08T20:21:37+01:0008.12.2021|ABS Blog|1 Kommentar

South Africa at its best

Ambassadorial Experiences | Part 3 BY ALEXANDER CHRISTIANI During my time in South Africa, I once visited a doctor's office in Capetown.There, the registration necessitated to fill out a rather comprehensive form. A few days later a lady from the doctor's office called and the following conversation ensued: Are you Mr. Christiani? Yes ... Weiterlesen >

Von |2021-11-23T08:32:59+01:0023.11.2021|ABS Blog|1 Kommentar

Is Britain drifting towards an authoritarian pseudo parliamentarian illiberal democracy?

BY WOLFGANG GEISSLER As prophesied by Lord Hailsham in 1976, Elective Dictatorship is much closer to the truth in today's United Kingdom than most would believe. At least as an observer and with a son still living in the UK, one may be inclined to assume that a fully fledged authoritarian pseudo parliamentarian ... Weiterlesen >

Von |2021-11-07T12:24:47+01:0007.11.2021|ABS Blog|0 Kommentare

Give something back

Diplomatic lessons, Vienna 2016-2021 by former Ambassador Leigh Turner This blog article is republished without modifications from by courtesy of the author. When I was appointed as a junior diplomat to Vienna in September 1984, my letter of appointment, signed by Her Majesty the Queen and Foreign Secretary Sir Geoffrey Howe, contained ... Weiterlesen >

Von |2021-10-13T08:14:50+02:0013.10.2021|ABS Blog|0 Kommentare

Relevance in question: The Olympic Games

by Jochen Ressel As a sports Epeé fencer, a number of years ago, I decided to dive deeper into this fascinating sport than just having training multiple times per week – covering tactics, concentration, fencing technique, speed, muscularity and elasticity, whilst participating in numerous competitions over the season. I wanted to understand fencing ... Weiterlesen >

Von |2021-08-10T18:01:08+02:0010.08.2021|ABS Blog|0 Kommentare

Diplomatic Lessons: Embrace Responsibility

by H.E. Ambassador Leigh Turner This blog article is republished without any modification from  by courtesy of the author. When I started work as head of the Overseas Territories Department of the FCO (as it then was) in July 2006, I inherited from my predecessor three steel cabinets stuffed full of files.  They covered all ... Weiterlesen >

Von |2021-06-28T13:13:38+02:0029.06.2021|ABS Blog|0 Kommentare


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