Friday, July 27, 2012

Austrian Independence Treaty 57

Christoph Lingg: Occupation zones in Austria 1945-55Three years short of six decades ago today, the Austrian Independence Treaty came into force. Post-WWII occupation was over. One of the provisions read:

Austria shall have a democratic government based on elections by secret ballot and shall guarantee to all citizens free, equal and universal suffrage as well as the right to be elected to public office without discrimination as to race, sex, language, religion or political opinion.
And yes, then there is this:
Austria further undertakes to maintain the law of 3rd April, 1919, concerning the House of Hapsburg-Lorraine.

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