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VIENNA, Austria (9 February 2000)–European businesses are worried about the current tension between the European Union and Austria following the entry of Joerg Haider’s far-right party into the government. The country faces international isolation. However, Chairman Mittelsten-Scheid of the Euro Chambres, which unites over 1,300 Chambers of Commerce, has asked the member states to continue […]

VIENNA, Austria (9 February 2000)–European businesses are worried about the current tension between the European Union and Austria following the entry of Joerg Haider’s far-right party into the government. The country faces international isolation.
However, Chairman Mittelsten-Scheid of the Euro Chambres, which unites over 1,300 Chambers of Commerce, has asked the member states to continue their relations with Austria. He made these comments during a gathering of Austrian businessmen in Berlin, Germany. Mittelsten-Scheid reminded those present that the current rightist government was elected democratically and that there is no reason to ostracize the country.
Similar sentiments were expressed on the other side of the Atlantic in the US by presidential candidate Pat Buchanan. During a cabinet meeting Buchanan said that Haider has a similar vision to former French president Charles de Gaulle, who supported independent member states rather than one European Union. (JW)

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