Austria: The Red & the Black

Skiers at Innsbruck and St. Anton tied their skis together with rubber binders that boosted Dr. Josef Klaus for Chancellor. In Vienna, shoppers were assaulted by Technicolored posters plumping for "Pittermann, Always a Democrat, Always for Austria!", and others found their mailboxes stuffed with pamphlets showing Dr. Bruno Pittermann fondling his black cat Petzi. Even the revelers at the huge Vienna Staatsoper Fasching ball could not escape a host of beaming candidates. Austria was in the midst of a bitterly contested election campaign.

The campaign is the most heated in many years,...

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