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Oct 21, 2013

Telekom Austria to pay 1 bln eur for spectrum-paper

VIENNA, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Telekom Austria will
pay around 1 billion euros ($1.4 billion) for new telecoms
spectrum in an auction that will net around 2 billion euros for
the government, a newspaper reported.

Austria’s WirtschaftsBlatt, citing well-informed sources,
said Deutsche Telekom’s T-Mobile Austria would pay
700 million euros and Hutchison Whampoa’s H3G would
hand over 300 million.

Oct 9, 2013

Telekom Austria to pull out of SBB sale-source

VIENNA/FRANKFURT, Oct 9 (Reuters) – Telekom Austria
is set to pull out of the bidding for Serbian cable
operator SBB due to uncertainty over how much it will have to
pay for new frequencies on its home turf, a source close to the
matter said.

Results of an Austrian frequency auction likely to cost
Telekom Austria hundreds of millions of euros are expected only
next week, two industry sources said, but binding bids for SBB
are due on Thursday, according to a financial source.

Oct 9, 2013

OMV to stay in Libya despite production loss: CEO

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrian oil and gas group OMV (OMVV.VI: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is committed to Libya despite conflict that has disrupted production and caused some oil majors to abandon projects there, its chief executive said.

Gerhard Roiss said production lost in Libya in the third quarter through labor strikes, militias and political activists that blocked oil fields and ports amounted to less than half a percent of total annual group production.

Oct 7, 2013

Lucian Freud’s ghosts laid to rest with Vienna show

VIENNA (Reuters) – Lucian Freud did not live to see the first exhibition of his paintings in Vienna, the city his grandfather Sigmund fled in 1938, but he helped plan the retrospective that opens this week.

Freud, considered the greatest British painter of his generation, moved with his family from Berlin to London in 1933 to escape the rise of Nazism. Four of his great-aunts were killed in concentration camps during the Holocaust.

Oct 4, 2013

Right-wing coalition prospects fade in Austria

VIENNA (Reuters) – Prospects of a center-right government in Austria faded on Friday as both the conservative People’s Party and the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) moved away from a possible alliance with the new Euroskeptic party of industrialist Frank Stronach.

The 81-year-old billionaire Austro-Canadian car parts magnate tried to break the stranglehold of the Alpine EU nation’s two mainstream parties by creating a pro-business force advocating deregulation and a possible withdrawal from the euro.

Oct 1, 2013

Austrian telecoms auction bids seen near 2 bln euros

VIENNA, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Austria’s auction for
fourth-generation telecoms frequencies is into its fourth week
with bids already about four times the minimum price set by the
regulator, according to Reuters calculations.

Based on confidential information about the auction from a
source close to the process, conservative calculations show the
total bid volume close to 2 billion euros ($2.7 billion).

Sep 29, 2013

Austrian centrist coalition survives far-right gains

VIENNA (Reuters) – The partners in Austria’s pro-Europe, centrist coalition scraped a combined majority on Sunday despite recording their worst election results since World War Two and losing support to the far-right Freedom Party and a new liberal party.

Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats (SPO) – who had campaigned on a platform of defending jobs and pensions and redistributing wealth – got 27.1 percent of the vote, down more than two points from 2008, preliminary results showed.

Sep 29, 2013

Austrian coalition set to survive far-right gains: projections

VIENNA (Reuters) – The partners in Austria’s pro-Europe, centrist coalition appear to have won enough votes to form a new government, staving off a strong challenge from the Euroskeptic right wing, initial projections indicated on Sunday.

Chancellor Werner Faymann’s Social Democrats (SPO) – who had campaigned on a platform of defending jobs and pensions and redistributing wealth – were poised to get 26.7 percent of the parliamentary vote, according to ARGE Wahlen projections reported by the Austria Press Agency.

Sep 29, 2013

Austrian ruling coalition faces far-right challenge in vote

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austrians voted in a parliamentary election on Sunday with a resurgent far right party challenging the political establishment and calling for an end to taxpayer-funded bailouts of struggling euro zone countries.

The governing Social Democrats (SPO) and their People’s Party (OVP) conservative partners were counting on their record in piloting the Alpine republic through the global financial crisis relatively unscathed to win another five-year term.

Sep 25, 2013

Right wing strong on Europe fears ahead of Austria poll

VIENNA (Reuters) – Austria’s far-right Freedom Party (FPO) appears likely to raise its share of the vote in Sunday elections, drawing on fears over bailouts for needier euro zone countries and the cost of supporting asylum seekers.

Social Democrat Chancellor Werner Faymann’s government coalition may well survive, but opinion poll trends suggest the FPO could overtake his conservative junior partner, the People’s Party. Austria’s overall prosperity at a time of hardship in Europe has done little to dampen historic unease at immigration.

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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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