Austria Removing the Welcome Mat

Removing the Welcome Mat The U.S. bars Waldheim

In the eleven months since he was elected Austria's President, Kurt Waldheim has become known as the "prisoner of the Vienna Hofburg." Not that the former United Nations Secretary-General has been literally confined to the sumptuous gold-and-white quarters that serve as his office. But in the wake of revelations that for decades he concealed much of his record as an officer in the German army during World War II, Waldheim has not formally received even one foreign head of state or paid a single official visit abroad, duties that are the stock-in-trade of his largely ceremonial office. Last week, in the...

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