Messersmith, G.S., Vienna. Despatch No. 719 to Secretary of State [Cordell Hull], Washington.

Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.
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Nazi activity and discontent with present Austrian government have been strongest in provinces of Tirol, Styria, and Carinthia; discontent largely due to economic factors; efforts of Minister of Agriculture [Ludwig] Strobl to improve condition of the farmer in the provinces have met with some success; Chancellor [Kurt] Schuschnigg has made several visits to Tirol and Carinthia, where he was received favorably; situation in Styria has been improved by popularity there of its native son, Foreign Minister [Egon] Berger-Waldenegg; Chancellor has indicated intention of government to carry through present constitution and way is being prepared for elections in some of the ständs; Finance Minister [Ludwig Draxler], in recent speech in Vienna, emphasized improved financial position of government and intention of the government to maintain sound budgetary policy; implied that foreign capital could find favorable investment in Austria; Austrian-Czechoslovakian trade treaty expected to be concluded shortly; Czech Prime Minister [Milan] Hodza to arrive in Vienna on March 6; Austrian and Hungarian governments received invitations to send their heads of state to Rome on March 19; Chancellor [Kurt Schuschnigg] and Foreign Minister [Egon Berger-Waldenegg] to represent Austria and Prime Minister [Koloman de Kanya] to represent Hungary; much speculation as to reason for visit; according to Berger-Waldenegg it may be only to celebrate second anniversary of Rome Protocols, but some apprehension felt that Rome may make requests of them which they are not prepared to meet; afraid too of effects of visits on English and French attitude; while they wish to retain friendship of Italy, they want to do nothing to offend France and England; [Prince Ernst von] Starhemberg to visit Rome later; Starhemberg lays great importance on Italian troops on Brenner being maintained; probable that this concern is reason for his visit.
Messersmith, George S. (George Strausser), 1883-1960.