AUSTRIA: New Government

Moscow lifted its blackout of news from Austria. A terse Tass dispatch from Vienna reported: a conference of Austrian political parties had proclaimed a new "Austrian Provisional Government." Chancellor and Foreign Minister was aging (74) Dr. Karl Renner, veteran Social Democrat, head of the Austrian peace delegation in 1919, first Chancellor of the Austrian Republic (1919-20). Thirteen other Cabinet posts were parceled among a coalition of Social Democrats (four), Christian Social (four), Communists (three) and Independents (two).

The organization of the new government resembled others in Russian-occupied Europe. The Communists had always been a minuscule party in Austria. Now they...

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