Stuck in the middle
Austria has long prided itself as Europe's bridge between East and West but as further integration becomes a reality, does it have what it takes to hold on to its eastern influence amid ever-increasing competition from the top international firms.
As the geographic bridge between the East and West, Austria has always had a central role to play in modern Europe. Despite 50 years of political division, it has succeeded in maintaining its cultural and economic links with both its northern neighbour Germany and the countries formerly hidden behind the Iron Curtain.
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