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Nov 10, 2013

Nazi Kristallnacht against Jews remembered as living memory fades

VIENNA (Reuters) – Lilly Drukker was 11 years old when two uniformed Nazis barged into her family’s Vienna apartment in November 1938 to take her father away to the Dachau concentration camp.

It was the day after Kristallnacht, a state-sponsored spree of looting and destruction of Jewish property across Germany and Austria that marked a turning point in Nazi policy as Adolf Hitler unleashed the general population against the Jews.

Nov 8, 2013

Mobile Austria says worst of price war may be over

VIENNA, Nov 8 (Reuters) – A race to the bottom in Austrian
mobile tariffs may be over following consolidation in the market
and a costly spectrum sale, the chief executive of T-Mobile
Austria said.

The lowest tariffs in the market will be removed on Sunday
with the ending of a 7.50 euros ($10.04) per month offer by
rival H3G, while operators will charge more for
premium phones and their contracts this Christmas season.

Nov 7, 2013

OPEC says will lose oil market share to shale, rivals

LONDON/VIENNA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – OPEC could lose almost 8
percent of its oil market share in the next five years as the
shale energy boom and other competing sources boost rival
supply, offering the exporter group little benefit from rising
world demand.

The Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries has
been slower than some to acknowledge the impact that hydraulic
fracturing, or fracking, is having on supply. Earlier this year,
it decided to carry out its own research into shale oil.

Nov 7, 2013

OMV cuts production outlook on Libya, Yemen security

VIENNA, Nov 7 (Reuters) – Austrian oil and gas group OMV
cut its forecast for 2013 production on Thursday,
saying it now expected this to fall due to output problems in
countries including Libya and Yemen, where security issues hurt
third-quarter profits.

OMV, which had previously expected broadly similar
production this year, now said it would be “somewhat below” 2012
as security issues in Libya and Yemen were compounded by
difficulties in New Zealand and Austria.

Nov 6, 2013

Voestalpine sees economic upturn helping it hit profit goals

VIENNA, Nov 6 (Reuters) – Steelmaker Voestalpine
said it was counting on an economic upturn to help it reach its
full-year profit goals and offset an unexpectedly weak second
quarter marked by subdued demand.

The Austrian company missed analysts’ forecasts for
operating and core earnings in the quarter to end-September but
said it expected a improvement in the second half thanks to
growing momentum in Europe, China and North America.

Nov 5, 2013

EXCLUSIVE: ECB extends first data haul deadline to give banks extra time

LONDON/VIENNA, Nov 5 (Reuters) – The European Central Bank
has eased the first deadline for lenders to submit data to be
used in its assessment of eurozone banks after some banks said
they did not have enough time to meet the demands.

The extension underscores the challenge the central bank
faces in carrying out a broad review of Europe’s banking to
eliminate doubts after five years of crisis and highlight weak
spots and before it takes over as banking supervisor in late

Nov 5, 2013

Exclusive: ECB extends first data haul deadline to give banks extra time

LONDON/VIENNA (Reuters) – The European Central Bank has eased the first deadline for lenders to submit data to be used in its review of eurozone banks after some banks said they did not have enough time to meet the demands.

The ECB said affected banks had been given until November 29 to submit data for a risk assessment that is underway. It was originally due to be submitted to the ECB by mid November, three European banking sources told Reuters.

Oct 30, 2013

Vienna museum director quits in Nazi looted art row

VIENNA (Reuters) – The director of Vienna’s Leopold Museum, home to extensive collections of work by Austrian artists such as Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimt, has quit in a row over Nazi-looted art.

Tobias Natter said he could no longer stay at the museum after some of its most senior staff joined a controversial new foundation associated with Klimt’s illegitimate son, film director Gustav Ucicky, whose works included Nazi propaganda.

Oct 30, 2013

Erste Bank asset quality improves ahead of key test

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s Erste Group Bank (ERST.VI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) surprised the market with a noticeable improvement in bad loans ahead of a key health check by the European Central Bank, lifting its shares on Wednesday.

Its non-performing loans (NPL) ratio fell to 9.6 percent in the third quarter from 9.7 percent a quarter earlier, helped by the first decline in Romania since the start of the financial crisis.

Oct 30, 2013

Erste Bank confirms outlook, sees CEE improvement

VIENNA, Oct 30 (Reuters) – Erste Group Bank
confirmed its full-year outlook for lower profit and risk
provisions on Wednesday, saying it still expected central and
eastern European economies to improve.

The bank, a leading lender in the region, reported a 3
percent rise in third-quarter net profit after minorities to 129
million euros ($178 million), missing the average estimate of
148 million in a Reuters poll.

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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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