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Apr 22, 2014

Shareholder adviser backs rebel investor for Conwert board

VIENNA, April 22 (Reuters) – A struggle over the management
of Austrian property group Conwert gained fresh
momentum as an independent advisory firm backed the candidacy of
a dissident shareholder to the board of the company.

Corporate governance advisory firm ISS, whose
recommendations can influence the votes of institutional
shareholders, said it would recommend investor Alexander
Proschofsky for Conwert’s board because change was necessary to
lift the share price.

Apr 22, 2014

Advisory group backs dissident investor to Conwert board

VIENNA, April 22 (Reuters) – A struggle over the management
of Austrian property group Conwert gained fresh
momentum as an independent advisory firm backed the candidacy of
a dissident shareholder to the board of the company.

Corporate governance advisory firm ISS, whose
recommendations can influence the votes of institutional
shareholders, said it would recommend investor Alexander
Proschofsky for Conwert’s board because change was necessary to
lift the share price.

Apr 17, 2014

Slim deal for Telekom Austria set for agreement

VIENNA, April 17 (Reuters) – An agreement between Carlos
Slim’s America Movil and the Austrian government to
take joint ownership of Telekom Austria is likely to
be agreed next week despite a public war of words that broke out
on Friday.

The government holding company OIAG will decide on Wednesday
whether to pool its 28 percent stake in Telekom Austria with
Slim’s 26 percent, triggering a joint takeover offer and
potentially handing Slim control of the company.

Apr 16, 2014
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Time slips quietly by for Austrian nuns’ resort

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(Sister Elisabeth provides a Kneipp hydrotherapy to a guest at the abbey retreat in Marienkron April 11, 2014. REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger)

Being blasted with jets of hot and cold water by a 70-year-old nun may not be everyone’s idea of fun, but it has some firm fans. They return year after year to Marienkron, an Austrian health resort 3 km (2 miles) from the Hungarian border.

Apr 16, 2014

Conwert gets new offer for German portfolio

VIENNA, April 16 (Reuters) – The former administrative board
chief of Austrian real-estate firm Conwert has made an
offer for the company’s German portfolio together with a
consortium of investors.

A source with knowledge of the matter said the offer was
worth about 750 million to 800 million euros ($1.04-1.11
billion), corresponding to the net asset value of the German
business, and that the consortium was led by a major U.S.
insurer.

Apr 15, 2014

Rebel investor seeks to join Conwert’s board

VIENNA, April 15 (Reuters) – Rebel investor Alexander
Proschofsky has put himself forward to join the board of
Austria’s Conwert, signaling more upheaval for the
property firm whose management he has criticised in the past.

The 44-year-old founder of Cube Invest proposed himself and
a German real-estate consultant as alternatives to the two
candidates proposed by the company, who he said were too close
to major shareholder Hans Peter Haselsteiner.

Apr 3, 2014

Austria’s BauMax to close Turkish DIY stores

VIENNA, April 3 (Reuters) – Struggling Austrian
home-improvements store chain BauMax will close its seven
outlets in Turkey and may exit other markets in southeast
Europe, its owner said.

BauMax, which employs about 10,000 staff in nine countries,
made a loss of 126 million euros ($173 million) in 2012 after
overextending itself with a push into eastern Europe, and most
recently into Turkey in 2010. It has not published 2013 results.

Mar 20, 2014

Austria picks up pieces of biggest post-war bankruptcy

VIENNA, March 20 (Reuters) – In a vast warehouse in the
small town of Trumau near Vienna, some of the remnants of
Austria’s biggest post-war bankruptcy are laid out in thousands
of neatly arranged lots.

A handful of potential buyers pick over the piles of drills,
saws, cables, buckets and pumps that are being auctioned off to
make a few million euros for the creditors of Alpine Bau, a
former unit of Spanish construction group FCC.

Mar 3, 2014

U.S. urges Russia to support sending OSCE monitors to Ukraine

VIENNA (Reuters) – A senior U.S. diplomat urged Russia on Monday to support sending an OSCE observer mission to Ukraine to help monitor human rights and defuse the tense military situation.

But Moscow’s ambassador to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Europe’s leading human rights and democracy watchdog, was non-committal, saying some international missions may do more harm than good.

Feb 28, 2014

Jewish leader fears right-wing bloc ahead of European elections

VIENNA (Reuters) – The European Jewish Congress fears far-right gains in upcoming European elections and believes a grouping presenting itself as simply populist and eurosceptical is just as dangerous as out-and-out extremists, the EJC’s president said.

Some analysts forecast that a group of anti-euro parties could capture 20 percent of seats in May’s European parliament elections as high unemployment, austerity and anaemic growth offer prime conditions for fringe parties to flourish.

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