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October 12, 1999
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Austrian Chancellor Viktor Klima used the opening of a new Jewish school campus in Vienna to underscore his government’s commitment to democracy in the face of the gains made by the far-right Freedom Party in last week’s general elections. Speaking at the opening of the $8 million new campus of the Lauder Chabad school, funded by the New York-based Ronald S. Lauder Foundation on land donated by the city of Vienna, Klima told diplomats, political figures and Jewish leaders, “Austria is a functioning democracy solidly based on European civil society and values such as freedom and human rights.”

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