Austria: Kreisky Resigns

A defeat without tears

"They admired him, they respected him and they forgave him almost everything, except that he had grown old." Such was the assessment of Vienna's daily Kurier last week when one of the senior statesmen of the Western world announced his retirement after 13 years in office. Added the conservative newspaper, which had been a sharp critic of the Chancellor: "Kreisky has lost the elections. But Austria has lost Kreisky."

So it had, to the stunned disbelief of a nation. Throughout the parliamentary election campaign, Bruno Kreisky, 72, had made himself the central issue. He warned that...

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