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A painting by Canaletto of Vienna during the first half of the eighteenth century
Once the center of power for the large Austro-Hungarian Empire, Austria was reduced to a small republic after its defeat in World War I.
Following annexation by Nazi Germany in 1938 and subsequent occupation by the victorious Allies in 1945, Austria's status remained unclear for a decade. A State Treaty signed in 1955 ended the occupation, recognized Austria's independence, and forbade unification with Germany. A constitutional law that same year declared the country's "perpetual neutrality" as a condition for Soviet military withdrawal.
Austrian Guard Company on parade - July 14th 2007
Champs Elysées, Paris
The Soviet Union's collapse in 1991 and Austria's entry into the European Union in 1995 have altered the meaning of this neutrality.
A prosperous, democratic country, Austria entered the EU Economic and Monetary Union in 1999.
(facts courtesy of CIA World Fact Book)
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