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Austria becomes free, sovereign, neutral and democratic

In July 1955, Austria became the free, sovereign, neutral and democratic state that the world knows.

150 years ago: beginning of the Franco-Prussian War

Beginning exactly 150 years ago, the European balance of power began to shift significantly.

Anecdotes of and reflections on the 14th of July

The 14th of July is relatively relevant for my family’s history, and it’s also the French National Day.

Separatists and apologists of terrorism gain majority in Spain

Spain’s process of disintegration seems to gain speed after separatists obtained an absolute majority in the Basque Country.

The Comoros, an African backdoor to Europe

The Comoros, both in political and geographical sense, face enormous challenges.

Otto Skorzeny: liberator of Mussolini and Mossad agent

Vienna-born Otto Skorzeny, who died in Madrid 45 years ago, was an enigmatic daredevil who served various masters.

Summer 1940: Germany occupies the British Channel Islands

The Islands of Alderney, Guernsey, Herm, Lihou and Sark went through five years of German rule during World War II.

The armistice between Italy and France in June 1940

After just three days of actual war, Italy and France signed an armistice in June 1940.

55 Days in Peking, a historical epic filmed in Spain

55 Days at Peking is a 1963 American movie starring Charlton Heston, Ava Gardner and David Niven. It dramatizes the siege of...

1900: Xenophobia versus colonialism in China

The siege of the Legation Quarter in Peking from June to August 1900 was a desperate attempt to rid China of Western colonial powers.

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Oppositional TPP held its first National Convention in Taipei

The Taiwan People’s Party (TPP), the youngest opposition force on the island, held its first National Convention in Taipei on January 10th,...

One year ago, Prague and Taipei became twin cities

Prague and Peking signed a sister-city agreement on March 30th, 2016, just after Chinese President Xi Jinping had finished a two-day state...

Keye Luke, the first Chinese actor signed by Hollywood

American actor, artist and founding member of the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Keye Luke died of a stroke on January 12th, 1991...

Agatha Christie, Queen of Crime and Mystery

World-famous English mystery author and playwright Agatha Christie, creator of the fictional detectives Miss Marple and Hercule Poirot, with more than two...

Heinrich Harrer, venturesome tutor of the young Dalai Lama

Austrian explorer mountaineer, sportsman, geographer, author and tutor of the young 14th Dalai Lama, Heinrich Harrer, died on January 7th 2006 in...
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