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Oct 10, 2012

Sudan, South Sudan pledge peace, seek investment

VIENNA (Reuters) – Sudan and South Sudan pledged to work together to rebuild their shattered economies and not to return to war in a joint plea for foreign investment after signing a critical trade and border agreement last month.

In their first high-profile appearance together since signing the deals, ministers from the two countries told an investment conference in Vienna they would work to make peace.

Oct 9, 2012

Austria bourse fears new EU tax will sap trade

VIENNA, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Vienna’s stock exchange said on
Tuesday it feared losing even more trade as a result of a tax on
financial transactions set to be introduced in Austria and some
other euro zone countries.

Eleven euro zone countries agreed on Tuesday to push ahead
with the tax in a breakthrough for an initiative that has been
pushed hard by Germany and France but opposed by several other
European Union countries.

Oct 4, 2012

IEA head sees no golden age soon for European gas

VIENNA (Reuters) – Europe is unlikely to benefit soon from a coming golden age of natural gas as unconventional sources will not transform supply of the fuel and oil-linked contracts will keep its prices high, the head of the International Energy Agency (IEA) said.

“The rosy global outlook for gas is not necessarily reflected in Europe today,” Maria van der Hoeven told an energy conference in Vienna on Thursday. “The verdict on the golden age of gas in Europe? It’s unlikely to emerge in Europe any time soon.”

Sep 13, 2012

Hutchison, Orange Austria deal faces full EU probe

BRUSSELS/VIENNA, Sept 13 (Reuters) – EU regulators object to
Hutchison 3G’s agreed 1.3 billion euro ($1.7 billion) takeover
of France Telecom’s Orange Austria and will carry out a
full probe, Hutchison said on Thursday, in a move likely to
force more concessions to win approval.

The European Commission, which has been examining the
takeover since June, has said it is worried the deal would cut
the number of telecoms operators in Austria to three from four
and lead to higher consumer prices. The commission declined to
comment On Thursday.

Sep 13, 2012

Hutchison, Orange Austria deal faces full EU probe

BRUSSELS/VIENNA, Sept 13 (Reuters) – EU regulators object to
Hutchison 3G’s agreed 1.3 billion euro ($1.7 billion) takeover
of France Telecom’s Orange Austria and will carry out a
full probe, Hutchison said on Thursday, in a move likely to
force more concessions to win approval.

The European Commission, which has been examining the
takeover since June, has said it is worried the deal would cut
the number of telecoms operators in Austria to three from four
and lead to higher consumer prices. The commission declined to
comment On Thursday.

Jul 31, 2012

EU indicates support for Hutchison’s Austria plan

VIENNA, July 31 (Reuters) – The European Union is testing a
proposal from Hutchison aimed at alleviating
competition concerns about its planned takeover of Orange
Austria, indicating broad support for the proposal,
according to a document seen by Reuters.

The EU has moved to a phase-two, in-depth probe of the
proposed 1.3 billion-euro ($1.6 billion) merger, which would
combine the two smallest players in Austria’s mobile market and
reduce the number of network operators to three from four.

Jul 30, 2012

Irish data watchdog to publish Facebook review by Oct

VIENNA/DUBLIN, July 30 (Reuters) – An Irish watchdog says it
will determine by early October whether Facebook, the
world’s biggest social network, will face legal action under
European privacy laws.

Ireland is the headquarters of Facebook’s non-U.S. business,
and the data regulator there is responsible for ensuring that
the company complies with European and Irish data protection
law, which is generally tougher than in the United States.

Jul 25, 2012

Vienna pitches urban chic to beleaguered bee colonies

VIENNA (Reuters) – Felix Munk gets stung up to 20 times a day but that doesn’t stop him from regularly clambering up to the roof of the Vienna Opera and other city landmarks to check on the bees living above the heads of unsuspecting music lovers and government ministers.

Munk is a member of Vienna’s Stadtimker, one of a growing number of urban beekeepers’ associations who are trying to encourage bees to make their homes in cities, as pesticides and crop monocultures make the countryside increasingly hostile.

Jun 29, 2012

EU steps up probe into Hutch’s Orange Austria bid

BRUSSELS/VIENNA (Reuters) – EU regulators are to step up their probe into a bid by Hong Kong’s Hutchison 3G to buy France Telecom’s (FTE.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Orange Austria on concerns that the 1.3 billion euros ($1.62 billion) deal would shrink the number of players in Austria to three.

Hutchison, a unit of Hutchison Whampoa (0013.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz), which is controlled by Hong Kong billionaire Li Ka-shing, unveiled the takeover plan in February.

Jun 14, 2012

Slim in talks for further 21 percent of Tel Austria: sources

LONDON/VIENNA (Reuters) – Telekom Austria AG (TELA.VI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) shareholder Ronny Pecik is in advanced talks to sell his 21 percent stake to Mexican tycoon Carlos Slim, who is seeking to expand his telecom empire into Europe, according people familiar with the matter.

If the talks are fruitful, it would be a big step in Slim’s effort to expand the footprint of his company America Movil’s (AMXL.MX: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) in Europe. Slim already owns 4.1 percent of Telekom Austria.

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      "Currently based in London, with particular responsibility for professional publishers and the European activities of global technology, media and telecoms firms. Previously European technology correspondent based in Frankfurt. Began career in local radio in Glasgow and then worked in TV news for many years for Reuters, the BBC and Sky News in London and Moscow."
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