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Austrian Chancellor Nehammer won’t attend New Year’s Day concert

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Vienna’s annual New Year’s Day concert takes place before a significantly smaller audience on Saturday, due to the pandemic, and without Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer, who said he was not planning to attend the event. “In a difficult situation due to the pandemic that demands a lot from all of us, I would consider a visit to be a wrong signal,” Nehammer wrote on Facebook on Thursday, saying he would watch the concert on television instead. Despite the reduced number of people attending the event, star conductor Daniel Barenboim said he was happy that the concert would not be played in fron…

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