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Downgrade -- the most feared word in Europe's financial lexicon. Most attention Friday was focused on France -- Europe's second largest economy -- as Standard & Poor's cut its rating on French sovereign debt.

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Austrian downgrade reflects Europe's complex web of problemsupdated: Mon Jan 16 2012 15:35:00

Downgrade -- the most feared word in Europe's financial lexicon. Most attention Friday was focused on France, Europe's second-largest economy, as Standard & Poor's cut its rating on French sovereign debt. But the debt of several other countries also received the Mark of Cain, including Italy, Spain, Portugal -- and Austria, whose debt rating was cut by one notch from its AAA status.

5 great European cities for Christmas marketsupdated: Tue Dec 06 2011 10:12:00

Picture the glow of medieval squares illuminated by thousands of sparkling lights. Imagine gingerbread-style stalls where artisans offer traditional crafts that threaten to banish gifts of boring neckties and fruitcakes for eternity. Marvel at iPod-toting children falling under the spell of low-tech charms like wooden toys, ice rinks and vintage merry-go-rounds.

The best cities in the world to live inupdated: Tue Nov 29 2011 09:06:00

It's famous for its rich cultural history, a waltz and Wiener schnitzel. And for the third year in a row, Vienna, Austria, can also boast the highest quality of living in the world.

Will the Austrians, Slovaks or Dutch break the euro?updated: Fri Sep 16 2011 11:36:00

French banks were the center of the European financial storm this week, after Societe Generale and Credit Agricole were downgraded by ratings agency Moody's Investors Service. Eyes were also on the unfolding drama of Italy's surging funding costs, amid warnings the country is one which is too big to fail. At the same time, members of the Free Democrats -- the smaller party in Angela Merkel's governing coalition -- are openly flirting with a more Eurosceptic line.

SI.com: Peter King: MMQB Mail: Asomugha, Jets a legitimate connectionupdated: Wed Jul 27 2011 13:29:00

Five things I think I think about the opening frenzy of the Summer of Frenzy:

OPEC: Hawks vs. doves in Viennaupdated: Wed Jun 08 2011 12:47:00

The dozen members of OPEC convened in a climate of highly charged politics, a war in a member state and with countries like the United States asking for some relief from $100 oil. It was one of the most interesting meetings in a decade because it is evidence that geo-politics and oil definitely mix and cause combustion.

Nature and culture collide in Austriaupdated: Mon Aug 02 2010 09:06:00

It's rare that a town's charm will get me out of bed early. The postcard-pretty, lake-cuddling town of Hallstatt, two hours south of Salzburg, is one of those places.

SI.com: Luke Winn: Ranking the top 20 NCAA players at this summer's Euro Championshipsupdated: Thu Jul 22 2010 14:12:00

Last week, when the English version of Israeli newspaper Haaretz published a rare college basketball article, it seized the opportunity to run the ultimate Jewish/Mid-Major mashup headline: "Shooting Star of David(son)". The story was about Jake Cohen, the 6-foot-10 rising sophomore at Davidson who grew up in Berwyn, Pa., but -- because of his Jewish heritage -- was able to gain dual citizenship and join Israel's U20 national team for this summer's European Championships. It mentioned how the team, whose other starters are native Israelis, was holding some of its practices in English on account of Cohen, who told SI.com he's "the opposite of fluent" in Hebrew.

People.com: Tearful Vienna Calls Jake a Lying 'Fame Whore'updated: Wed Jun 30 2010 13:07:00

Girardi storms out of a TV taping of her reunion with ex-Bachelor fiancé Pavelka

Stowaway survives flight from Austria to Britainupdated: Wed Jun 09 2010 12:17:00

A 20-year-old Romanian stowaway survived a 90-minute flight in a private plane's wheel compartment and was subsequently arrested, reported the Metropolitan Police Service in London, England.

CNNMoney: Vienna tops world's best cities surveyupdated: Wed May 26 2010 10:27:00

Vienna, the Austrian capital renowned for its music and architecture, has the best quality of life of any city in the world, according to results of a survey released Wednesday.

SI.com: Brian Cazenueve: London v. Beijing for 2015 T&F championshipsupdated: Tue Mar 16 2010 15:15:00

• Not only will they be compared for their ability to host Olympic Games and to make tea, but Beijing and London will go head-to-head for the right to stage the IAAF world championships in Track & Field for 2015. If Beijing wins, the championships will be held at the acclaimed Birds' Nest stadium that hosted track at the 2008 Games. If London wins, the events would be held at the Olympic Stadium being built for the 2012 Olympics.

'Bachelors' and 'Bachelorettes': Where are they now?updated: Mon Mar 01 2010 17:05:00

Over the weekend, Jason Mesnick and Molly Malaney tied the knot -- we'll see it unfold on television on March 8 -- becoming the first "Bachelor" couple to actually make it down the aisle, news that we can only applaud since Melissa Rycroft recently got hitched as well.

A postcard-perfect Austrian ski tripupdated: Wed Oct 28 2009 09:41:00

I've never seen such wide open slopes -- no trees, no houses, just field after field of newly fallen snow.

Poutiainen wins World Cup opener in Austria; overall champion Vonn 9thupdated: Sat Oct 24 2009 12:24:00

Finland's Tanja Poutiainen beat Kathrin Zettel of Austria by the slenderest of margins to win the opening race of skiing's World Cup season at Soelden in Austria on Saturday.

6 hikers killed in Austria avalancheupdated: Sun May 03 2009 07:26:00

The bodies of six Czech hikers who died in an avalanche near the Soelden ski resort in the Austrian Alps were recovered Sunday, police and rescue services said Sunday.

SI.com: US routs Austria, advances at worldsupdated: Mon Apr 27 2009 20:15:00

BERN, Switzerland (AP) -- The United States found its ruthless streak -- eventually -- and beat Austria 6-1 Monday to advance to the second round of the ice hockey world championship.

Austria's beauty and attractions dazzle the whole familyupdated: Mon Apr 06 2009 09:40:00

It sparkles everywhere -- on the walls, the floors, on the ceilings in fanciful art displays guaranteed to make you say, "WOW!" no matter what your age.

Tragedy highlights skiing risksupdated: Thu Mar 19 2009 14:00:00

The death of actress Natasha Richardson, who sustained a fatal head injury while skiing, has reignited the perennial debate around the safety of the sport.

A wunderbar welcome in Austria and Germanyupdated: Thu Mar 05 2009 10:26:00

Many sights in Germany and Austria have been renovated in the last year or two to better display this region's rich heritage, making 2009 a good time to visit.

Austria takes over bank hit by Madoff caseupdated: Sat Jan 03 2009 05:17:00

The Austrian government has taken control of a private bank with significant exposure to the alleged fraud by Bernard Madoff.

Dad raped daughters for 27 yearsupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 17:37:00

A British man was jailed Tuesday for raping two of his daughters and fathering nine children over 27 years, a case with echoes of Austria's Josef Fritzl.

Rapist father in courtupdated: Tue Nov 25 2008 17:37:00

A British man pleads guilty to raping his two daughters for over 30 years. ITN's Angus Walker reports.

Time.com: Joerg Haider's Troubled Legacyupdated: Sat Oct 11 2008 10:00:00

Rightist Joerg Haider's, dead in a car crash, marshaled anti-immigrant sentiment, nationalism and even a bit of Nazi sympathy to change Austrian politics forever

Time.com: Austria's Far Right on the Riseupdated: Fri Sep 19 2008 02:00:00

Though prosperous and safe, the country is chronically susceptible to politicians who rail against immigrants

France crash to qualifying defeat in Viennaupdated: Mon Sep 15 2008 05:25:00

France made a disastrous start to their World Cup qualifying campaign as they went down 3-1 to Austria in Vienna in their Group 7 match on Saturday night.

No Makelele for vital French qualifiersupdated: Thu Aug 28 2008 12:01:00

French coach Raymond Domenech looks to have admitted defeat in his attempt to lure veteran midfielder Claude Makelele out of international retirement to play in crucial World Cup qualifiers against Austria and Serbia next month.

View from the top of Germanyupdated: Fri Jul 18 2008 07:53:00

One of my favorite places to be in Europe is atop the Zugspitze -- the highest point in Germany. Standing on this 9,700-foot peak, you can't help but marvel at the thought that you are above everyone else in the entire country -- No. 1 out of 82 million. From here, facing south, I feel like a maestro conducting a symphony of snow-capped peaks, as the mighty Alps stretch seemingly forever to the right and left.

Austria coach Hickersberger quits jobupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 17:22:00

Josef Hickersberger quit as Austria's soccer coach Monday, saying he was "empty and tired" after his team's elimination from the European Championship.

SI.com: Gabriele Marcotti: From Austria to Zlatan, the best of Euro 2008 so farupdated: Mon Jun 23 2008 17:14:00

ZURICH, Switzerland -- From top to bottom, here is an A to Z of the best and worst of the European Championship through two weeks of action.

Time.com: Euro 2008: Germany Defeats Austriaupdated: Tue Jun 17 2008 06:00:00

The pre-tournament favorites put an end to the co-hosts' hopes in a fixture that is always about more than just football

Ballack thunderbolt puts Germany throughupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 17:08:00

Michael Ballack booked Germany's place in the quarterfinals of Euro 2008 after his thunderbolt free-kick earned a 1-0 victory in a bad-tempered Group B clash against co-hosts Austria in Vienna.

Time.com: Euro 2008: the Hosts' Fates Divergeupdated: Sat Jun 14 2008 04:00:00

While the Dutch continue to reinvent 'The Beautiful Game', France's woes continue. And it's mixed fortunes for the tournament's hosts

Co-hosts Austria pay penalty against Croatiaupdated: Sun Jun 08 2008 16:50:00

Croatia held off a furious late onslaught from Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria to win 1-0 in their opening Group B match in Vienna on Sunday.

Justices are well-off, well-traveledupdated: Fri Jun 06 2008 16:57:00

Most of the Supreme Court justices piled up a lot frequent flyer miles in 2007, jetting to such exotic locales as Austria, India and Hawaii, according to financial disclosure reports released Friday.

Euro 2008 venuesupdated: Mon Jun 02 2008 12:08:00

Eight venues across Austria and Switzerland will host 31 matches during Euro 2008, starting in Basel and finishing in Vienna. Click on the links for information on each host city.

Time.com: Cellar Incest Case Shocks Austriaupdated: Mon Apr 28 2008 13:00:00

Josef Fritzl has confessed to holding his daughter captive for 24 years and fathering her seven children. How did it happen?

Time.com: Austria Dad Admits Abuseupdated: Sun Apr 27 2008 13:00:00

A 73-year-old man has confessed to holding his daughter captive in his home cellar for nearly 24 years and fathering seven children by her, Austrian police say

Avalanche buries street in Austria ski areaupdated: Tue Apr 22 2008 11:27:00

An avalanche fell on a street in an Alpine town in Austria, close to many ski resorts, covering the roadway in three to four meters of snow, but no one was hurt, Austrian police said Tuesday.

Huntelaar caps superb Dutch fightbackupdated: Wed Mar 26 2008 19:00:00

The Netherlands staged an astonishing fightback to come from three down to beat Austria 4-3 in their friendly in Vienna on Wednesday.

60-car pileupupdated: Tue Mar 25 2008 17:50:00

About 60 cars were crushed and mangled after they crashed into each other during a heavy snowfall in northwestern Austria.

Germany cruise to victory in Austriaupdated: Wed Feb 06 2008 17:03:00

Miroslav Klose netted his 37th international goal as Germany sealed a 3-0 friendly win over Austria in Vienna.

Celebrating with the Christkindupdated: Fri Dec 21 2007 10:13:00

Like a German child's fantasy, Nurnberg's fairy-godmother-like teenage angel stretched out her arms and said, "If you're very, very gentle, you can touch my wings." I stayed seated while little Bavarian preschoolers mobbed the stage to touch their Christkind.

Euro draw threatens Group of Deathupdated: Fri Nov 23 2007 05:06:00

Former champions Italy, France, Germany and the Netherlands could end up in the same group at next year's European Championships finals after UEFA announced the seedings for the draw in Lucerne on December 2.

Pope fulfils vow to revisit shrineupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 16:28:00

Calling himself a "pilgrim among pilgrims" Pope Benedict XVI on Saturday visited the Marian sanctuary of Mariazell southwest of Vienna, fulfilling a promise he made in 2004 -- while still a cardinal -- to return to the shrine on its 850th birthday.

Time.com: Pope Benedict Stays Lofty in Austriaupdated: Mon Sep 10 2007 08:55:00

But he may need to grapple again, and more diplomatically, with world affairs

Visiting pope honors Austrian Jewsupdated: Sat Sep 08 2007 08:19:00

Pope Benedict XVI paid solemn tribute to Holocaust victims as he began a three-day pilgrimage to Austria on Friday.

Time.com: Ex-UN Chief Waldheim Dead at 88updated: Thu Jun 14 2007 19:50:00

Former U.N. Secretary-General Kurt Waldheim, who was elected Austrian president despite an international scandal about his secretive World War II Nazi connections, died Thursday

Matt finally wins gold for Austriaupdated: Sat Feb 17 2007 08:19:00

Mario Matt rescued the Austrian men's team in the nick of time on Saturday, winning the men's slalom to give them their first gold medal of the Alpine skiing world championships.

Global child-porn ring uncoveredupdated: Wed Feb 07 2007 20:48:00

Austrian police have uncovered a massive child-pornography ring on the Internet, tracking downloads of sexually violent material to more than 2,300 people in 77 countries, a government official said.

Mayrleb facing two-year suspensionupdated: Fri Nov 17 2006 15:58:00

Former Austria international Christian Mayrleb is facing a ban of up to two years following a positive 'A' test for a banned diuretic.

Pasching joint coaches leave clubupdated: Tue Oct 24 2006 15:50:00

Austrian Bundesliga title contenders Pasching have been hit by the surprise resignations of joint coaches Milan Djuricic and Milan Miklavic.

Austria defeat brave Liechtensteinupdated: Fri Oct 06 2006 15:07:00

Euro 2008 co-hosts Austria celebrated their first victory of the year on Friday -- but only after coming from behind to put two late substitute goals past tiny Liechtenstein.

Fortune: 'This is our Mona Lisa'updated: Thu Sep 28 2006 08:13:00

At about midnight last July 5, the New York Police Department closed Manhattan's East 86th Street. Billionaire Ronald S. Lauder walked back and forth in the street, waiting. Employees of his boutiq...

Five-goal Ajax are just too goodupdated: Thu Sep 14 2006 14:31:00

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar scored twice in Ajax Amsterdam's 5-2 away win over IK Start in the first round of the UEFA Cup on Thursday.

CNNMoney: Hiring expected steady for rest of yearupdated: Tue Sep 12 2006 03:49:00

U.S. employers project healthy hiring for the fourth quarter, despite talk of a possible downturn in the economy, according to a survey released Tuesday.

Sevilla open cup defense in Greeceupdated: Fri Aug 25 2006 07:41:00

Holders Sevilla will launch their trophy defense against Greek side Atromitos following the draw on Friday for the first round of the UEFA Cup.

Croatia cruise to comfortable winupdated: Tue May 23 2006 17:01:00

Croatia began their World Cup preparations with a comfortable 4-1 away win over Austria on Tuesday.

Croatiaupdated: Wed Apr 26 2006 10:35:00

Group F | World ranking: 23

Team Austria take ski jumping goldupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 15:52:00

Austria won the Olympic ski jumping team event for the first time on Monday, giving teenager Thomas Morgenstern his second gold of the Torino Games.

Banned ski coach held in hospitalupdated: Mon Feb 20 2006 04:06:00

Banned Austrian ski coach Walter Mayer has been admitted to a psychiatric hospital, the Austrian Ski Federation president Peter Schroecksnadel told State Radio ORF on Monday.

Europe scrambles to stop bird fluupdated: Wed Feb 15 2006 01:17:00

European Union veterinary experts have backed plans to boost surveillance of migratory birds and impose stricter bans on imports as officials desperately tried to find ways to curb the spread of deadly bird flu on the continent.

Owen should be fit to face Austriaupdated: Sat Oct 01 2005 14:54:00

Injured Newcastle striker Michael Owen should be fit to play in England's World Cup matches next week, according to United manager Graeme Souness. .

Herzog given Austria caretaker jobupdated: Fri Sep 30 2005 12:47:00

Andreas Herzog will take charge of the Austria team on a caretaker basis for the final two World Cup Group Six qualifiers against England and Northern Ireland.

Austria target Krankl replacementupdated: Mon Sep 26 2005 11:30:00

Austria want Rapid Vienna's Josef Hickersberger to return as national coach when Hans Krankl's contract runs out at the end of the year, the OeFB said on Monday.

Austria cable car accident kills 9updated: Mon Sep 05 2005 09:04:00

At least nine tourists have been killed after a helicopter dropped a concrete block on a cable car in western Austria, according to police.

Supplies arrive in flood-ravaged areasupdated: Thu Aug 25 2005 01:38:00

Helicopters are delivering food and other supplies and lifting hundreds of people to safety in the aftermath of deadly floods in central and southern Europe.

Pitch invasion halts Austrian gameupdated: Thu May 05 2005 15:17:00

An Austrian league match between title contenders Austria Vienna and visiting Graz AK has been abandoned after Vienna fans stormed the pitch.

Big freeze hits European programmeupdated: Wed Mar 02 2005 08:49:00

Wednesday's friendly match between Austria and Croatia has been cancelled after freezing temperatures made the surface at the Ernst Happel stadium unplayable.

Defoe points England to vital winupdated: Wed Sep 08 2004 16:32:00

Jermain Defoe scored a breathtaking goal to set England on their way to a 2-1 victory over Poland on Wednesday and lift the pressure on coach Sven-Goran Eriksson.

Austria benefit from England slipsupdated: Sat Sep 04 2004 12:10:00

England's World Cup qualifying campaign got off to a miserable start on Saturday when they squandered a two-goal lead to draw 2-2 with Austria in Group Six in Vienna.

Schwarzenegger: No country more welcoming than the USAupdated: Tue Aug 31 2004 21:12:00

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, an immigrant, Tuesday night addressed the Republican National Convention where he spoke of the greatness of America. Schwarzenegger, born in Austria, is a former actor and body builder. Here is a transcript of his remarks:

Austria bid to host Fed Cup climaxupdated: Tue Jul 13 2004 10:44:00

Austria want to host the Fed Cup Final Four tournament, national tennis officials said Tuesday, after the country's sensational upset of the United States.

Austria oust U.S. from Fed Cupupdated: Sun Jul 11 2004 13:01:00

Barbara Schwartz produced a heroic 7-6 4-6 10-8 win over Lisa Raymond as Austria beat the U.S. in the Fed Cup for the second time in three years.

Round up: Graz land Austrian titleupdated: Sat May 15 2004 15:30:00

Graz AK have won the Austrian title for the first time thanks to a 1-1 draw against SV Pasching and the surprise away defeat of rivals Austria Vienna.

Austria Vienna dismiss coach Loewupdated: Wed Mar 24 2004 06:44:00

Austrian champions Austria Vienna have sacked coach Joachim Loew following their defeat by bottom side FC Kaernten at the weekend.

Tears as Kostner buries her fearsupdated: Sat Jan 31 2004 08:27:00

Italian Isolde Kostner wept tears of joy on Saturday after winning her first World Cup race since a crash shattered her confidence 14 months ago.

Austria's Graf finishes her careerupdated: Thu Jan 15 2004 12:27:00

Austria's Olympic and world 800 meters silver medalist Stephanie Graf quit on Thursday, saying she no longer had the drive to compete.

Fortune: THE WORLD'S HOTTEST SHARESupdated: Mon Jul 30 1990 00:01:00

Is your investing antenna picking up irresistible international signals? It should be. Share prices of a number of corporations in Europe and Asia rose dramatically in the first six months of the y...

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