HUNGARY: Birthday

Just 100 years ago last week was born that saddest of monarchs, Franz Josef I, Emperor of Austria, King of Hungary. He reigned 68 years. When he mounted the throne Austria was one of the greatest, most powerful countries in the world. When he left it Austria was on the verge of ruin. His brother was executed, his wife and his nephew were assassinated, his only son had committed suicide. Said Emperor Franz in 1866 to the citizens of Frankfort: "I have an unlucky hand."

Last week the Socialist government...

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