Mayday, Mayday! Austrian Democracy in Danger!

As criticism and corruption allegations pile up against his administration, the biggest cause for concern is Sebastian Kurz’s deliberate attempts to undermine the nation’s checks and balances.

Park Life – Classic Cocktails and Wiener Modern

This summer, amid varnished wood and polished brass, the tree-sheltered Kleinod Stadtgarten behind the Kursalon could be the ideal place to see and be seen.

Cases Going Up Again in Europe, Vaccines News From J&J

Every Sunday, Metropole brings you a COVID-19 update from Prof. Dr. Florian Krammer, an Austrian virologist who works and teaches at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City.

No More Hiding – Austria Set to Disclose State Information

If the measure passes, the Republic will dismantle its nearly 100-year-old Official Secrecy Laws – the last EU country to do so – and launch new measures increasing public insight into state operations.

CoV on Feb. 21-28 | Vaccination Speeding Up

The coronavirus is shaping our lives. Here’s everything you need to know about COVID-19 in Austria this week – updated regularly.

Survey – A Discouraged Public Gives Coalition Poor Marks

A year after the start of the pandemic, trust in the government has plummeted to new lows, as frustrations mount amid evidence of a new ÖVP scandal.

Team Sports to Resume on March 15, Restaurants to Reopen Outdoors on March 27

For the next opening steps, Vorarlberg will be a test region. Team sports for the young are to resume on March 15, other countrywide opening steps are envisioned for March 27.

The Vaccines – How They Work and Why We Can Trust Them

The Austrian vaccination program for SARS-CoV-2 is slowly but surely underway, but approximately one third would currently refuse inoculation.

Austria’s Lockdown: Schools, Shops, & Services to Reopen on February 8

The country plans to reopen schools, shops, museums and services on February 8 – with stricter rules, regular testing and mandatory FFP2 masks.

How Austria Plans to Support Its Schools & Artists

With schools in distance learning until February and cultural institutions closed perhaps through March, the government is stepping up support measures.

The Black Box of Media Funding

Print media received unprecedented public advertising during the pandemic, but a lack of transparency raises questions about how taxpayers’ money is being spent.

Margaret Childs Reflects on Austrian Corruption

Metropole's publisher introduces the spring issue, which is all about corruption.

Transparency Requires Civil Courage

With the dismantling of Official Secrecy Laws in Austria, real transformation will require a change of culture.

Same But Different – How Austrian German Compares to German German

Germany and Austria share many of the same values, and much culture and history. Yet, in spite (or possibly because) of that, the little brother staunchly holds on to a distinct cultural identity – most notably in language, which can sometimes make communication

Love During COVID-19 – Closed Borders Between Austria and Germany Can’t Stop Couples

On March 16, 2020, European politicians closed internal EU borders to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It was more than a formality: this massive restriction on interpersonal relationships did not go over easily.

Vienna’s Money Boy Is Dominating the German Rap Scene

He’s weird, he’s scandalous, and he’s influencing the German language like no Austrian rapper before. May we present the phenomenon that is Money Boy.

Dark and Morbid – How Germans Perceive Austrian Films

Why Austria is considered to be the capital of "feel bad cinema."

Home Is Where the Herz Is

“Home Is Where the Herz Is” is an award-winning project by Metropole that aims to explore and celebrate Vienna’s diversity, giving voice to the 40% of Viennese who have a migrant background.

Teams from Vienna’s 10 largest communities with roots abroad will publish a magazine and digital content on Metropole and you’ll find us at events across the city.

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No More Hiding – Austria Set to Disclose State Information

If the measure passes, the Republic will dismantle its nearly 100-year-old Official Secrecy Laws – the last EU country to do so – and launch new measures increasing public insight into state operations.

Survey – A Discouraged Public Gives Coalition Poor Marks

A year after the start of the pandemic, trust in the government has plummeted to new lows, as frustrations mount amid evidence of a new ÖVP scandal.

Us & Them – Protecting Your Pets in the Pandemic

Animals are not the problem: Although this all began with a bat in a live wet market, coronaviruses rarely jump between species. And if so, it’s mostly from us to them.

Dating During Lockdown

The global pandemic doesn’t just affect your physical health; solitude also poses a threat to a generation in isolation.

Preservation and the Platanus x acerifolia

In which Tree Number 1001 leaves the Café Eiles for the Justizpalast.

Bavarian Borders, Tyrolean Tantrums

Concerns over virus mutations have led Germany to close its frontier to Tyrol, setting off traffic jams on the streets and brawls among top officials. Even Brussels has chimed in.

The Vaccines – How They Work and Why We Can Trust Them

The Austrian vaccination program for SARS-CoV-2 is slowly but surely underway, but approximately one third would currently refuse inoculation.

Lerncafés – A Place in the Coffeehouse to Study and Learn

Students of all ages and programs can find a quiet spot in some of Vienna’s traditional 'Kaffeehäuser' and the district 'Volkshochschulen.'