Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/4/2011

Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/4/2011The last of the Habsburgs, former Prince Otto Von Habsburg, has died at the age of 98. He was the son of the last Austrian emperor, Karl I, who succeeded Franz Josef during the Great War. Had he not been assassinated in 1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand would have succeeded to the throne, but Karl became emperor instead. Prince Otto was seven years old when the family titles were abolished and their estates confiscated.

In other news, even though Greece has surrendered much of its sovereignty to the EU, and despite the passage of its new austerity plan, S&P has issued a warning that the country still faces a risk of default. Analysts are dubious about the Greek government’s ability to pay back the necessary €6.8 billion to its creditors by the end of the year.

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5 thoughts on “Gates of Vienna News Feed 7/4/2011

  1. Archduke Otto was a wise man, he stated, as written in The Telegraph obituary, that “he wasted far too much energy during those wartime years in America on the faction-fighting among Austrian refugee groups instead of concentrating on the broader political picture.”


  2. According to the MEP of Pakistani heritage, around 50 EDL extremists turned up unannounced at his UK address on Saturday at just after midday, bearing anti-Islamic placards intent on violence.

    So how did they know the placards were intent on violence?

  3. Otto was a member of “Islamische Akademie” for decades. One of the 3 non-muslim members. He accompanied them to the Pope and stood to the right of him and greatly confused the Pope, looking like one of them (Christians stood to his left. Otto apppreciated “building bridges”. He termed islam as “a child of Christianity” and wholeheartedly supported “independent” Kosovo and Bosna. He said there was no threat from them as long as they remained “pious”.

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