Austria: The Surge To Merge

The Surge To Merge

Young Austrians traditionally wed in the warm sunshine of May, when the flowering lilac trees perfume the air with romance. But this year thousands of couples are braving ice and snow to say their vows. In November three times as many marriages took place as in the same month last year; Vienna's nine city registrars' offices are booked solid for weddings until the end of the year.

The unseasonal nuptial rush has more to do with finance than with passion. To cut some $1.7 billion from the estimated 1988 budget deficit of $8.7 billion, the country's coalition Socialist-conservative government is not...

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