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by Euro Reporter
2013-01-04 12:17:14
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Russia likely to return unique Esterhazy books to Austria soon

An agreement to return to Austria a unique book collection that was put together by Austria's Esterhazy upper class family and was brought to the Soviet Union by the Red Army in 1945 has been submitted by the Russian government for ratification to the State Duma, according to the database of the lower house of Russia's parliament. The 977-volume collection are books that were published between the 15th and 18th centuries and are works on theology, astronomy, history, philosophy, medicine, natural science, art, law, and linguistics in English, Aramaic, Latin, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Hungarian, Classical Greek, Hebrew and other languages.

The Rudomino All-Russia State Library of Foreign Literature stores 954 and the Russian State Public Historical Library 23 books of the collection. In November, Russian President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, said the books might go back to Austria very soon. "We have held difficult negotiations on this issue, those negotiations are over, and an agreement has been signed," Ivanov told a news conference in Vienna.

After the collection arrived in the Soviet Union, eight of the books were handed over to the Library of Foreign Literature in 1949, and in 1952 the library received another 700 books from the Soviet Foreign Ministry and small amounts of books from the Foreign Relations Institute and the Central Naval Library. The agreement awaiting ratification by the Duma is based on the Austrian State Treaty of May 15, 1955, in whose Article 27 the Soviet Union, Britain, the United States and France pledged to return to Austria property seized from it during World War II. After the ratification of the agreement, it is the Austrian government that would deal with any grievances concerning Esterhazy books that may be brought against the Russian state or Russian individuals or entities by any third party, including the Esterhazy family, heirs to its members or its legal successors.

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Terminator machine made in Austria

Austrian firm Mus-Max is expecting a successful year after claiming to be able to produce the largest wood shredding tractor in the world. The device which is nicknamed the Mus-Max Terminator 12 Z surpasses all of the previous machines on the market with a width of 1.37 metres and a height of 90 centimetres.

Managing director Erich Urch said the dimensions made it the biggest and most powerful tractor wood shredder in the world and was created as a result of customer consultations that showed they wanted a larger machine that was nevertheless compact, solid and easy to assemble once on site. The latter was particularly important because of the need to modify the device when taking it along the road and then get ready for action once on site. The shredder produces wood shavings for the bio heating industry.

All of the 5,000 parts of the machine finished off at the company head office in St Florian in Styria. The company has been making similar machines for 150 years and its recent investment in its new super-sized tractor shredder was perfectly timed with the new interest in Bio Mass allowing expansion in Europe and more recently into Eastern Europe – and hopefully next year looking at England say the company.

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Archduke Christoph Weds Adelaide Drape-Frisch

Christoph of Habsbourg-Lorraine, the Archduke of Austria, wed Adelaide Drape-Frisch on Dec. 29, making her the newest Archduchess of Austria. 24-year-old Christoph is the son of Archduke Karl Christian of Habsbourg-Lorraine and Princess Marie Astrid of Luxembourg, herself the daughter of Grand Duke Jean I of Luxembourg and Grand Duchess Joséphine-Charlotte of Belgium. In other words, Christoph is super royal.

Adelaide, on the other hand, is not: she's the daughter of Philippe Drapé-Frisch, a French diplomat who moved his family across Europe throughout her childhood. The 22-year-old student met her fiancé at Jeunesse Lumière, a Catholic school where the pair spent a gap year between high school and college.  The young couple were married first in a civil ceremony at the Hôtel de Ville of Nancy, France on Friday followed by a religious service at the Basilique Saint-Epvre de Nancy on Saturday attended by over 1,000 guests.

The bride wore a seasonally-appropriate white gown with a fur collar and cuffs designed by French couturier Diane Lelys while the groom's mother wore a royal repeat: a blue suit first worn in 2000 by her mother, Grand Duchess Joséphine, at her brother Henri's investiture ceremony. (One blog notes that Princess Marie Astrid wore a brown version of the suit at the wedding of another one of her children, Archduchess Marie Christine.) It's reported that no foreign royals besides those from Luxembourg and Austria were in attendance -- but thankfully, there were plenty of photographers around. Check out the very last Royal Wedding of 2012!



      
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