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The Schüssel Era in Austria

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Günter Bischof
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Fritz Plasser

II. Policies and Policy Changes

Wolfgang Schüssel and Austrian Foreign Policy

Otmar Höll

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Introduction

Two decades after the end of the Cold War, two major processes characterize the still ongoing transformation of the global and European political landscape. First is the process of globalization and, strongly interlinked with it, an ever increasing socioeconomic and political interdependence of all states, as well as new and challenging security threats. Second is the continuing emergence of an international system of cooperation that will be more multilateral than those witnessed during the last century. For a small state like Austria, which since the end of World War II has tried hard to come to grips with the uneasy task “to balance between autonomy and dependence” as Peter Katzenstein put it,2 full membership in the European Union (EU) was the logical and necessary step forward to avoid economic and political marginalization in a globalizing world. So when Austria joined the supranational Union in 1995, a completely new chapter of its foreign relations had been opene...

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