Otto von Habsburg, 1912-2011

The eldest son of the last emperor of Austria-Hungary died on July 4, at his home in Germany.

Otto von Habsburg had been heir to the emperor, head of the house of Habsburg, an outspoken anti-Nazi, Member of the European Parliament (for Bavaria), and a committed European. He played a role in the opening of the Iron Curtain.

His life spanned an age, and more.

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Freelance journalist based in Tbilisi, following stints in Atlanta, Budapest, Munich, Warsaw and Washington. Worked for a German think tank, discovered it was incompatible with repaying US student loans. Spent two years in financial markets. Bicycled from Vilnius to Tallinn. Climbed highest mountains in two Alpine countries (the easy ones, though). American center-left, with strong yellow dog tendencies. Arrived in the Caucasus two weeks before its latest war.

3 thoughts on “Otto von Habsburg, 1912-2011

  1. As a friend of Prince Carlo Habsburg, I send my heartfelt condolences to all the members of the Royal House of Habsburg.

    HIRH Archduke Otto von Habsburg was insturmental in the development of the European Union (featured in my book: A-Breaking Wave 2010) and now in my forthcoming coming book on Dynastic & Nobility Law, as co-author.

    May his soul Rest In Peace.

  2. Anybody with the nobility to gobsmack Ian Paisley in defence of his faith, is OK in my books. God bless the Emperor.

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