Benjamin Wolf

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Born 1991, studied Journalism, History and International Affairs. After stints with Cafébabel in Paris and Arte in Strasbourg, he is now working as a free journalist in Vienna and finishing his Master's degree in Global History. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history. Photo: Visual Hub

Glitter & Hope at Life Ball 2019

A tradition both modern and deeply Viennese comes to a finale furioso – and perhaps opens the way for an encore

Caretaker Government Sworn In

Brigitte Bierlein becomes Austria’s first female chancellor and puts together an interim government with expertise, wide appeal and unknown ambitions.

Europe Has Voted

The new European Parliament is both more diverse and more fragmented. But the message voters sent turned out to be quite different from the populist wave many were dreading.

Lest We Forget

An exhibition of portraits of Holocaust survivors on Vienna’s Ringstraße has been defiled on three separate occasions since May 7. Now, civil society is stepping up to protect them.

Austria’s Hidden Champions

Between 175 and 200 Austrian companies are considered to be hidden champions. That’s the highest density per capita in the world. These companies are global leaders in their market while relatively un...

Who Would You Vote For?

In less than a week, Europeans go to the polls to elect the new European Parliament. Despite the transnational character of the EU elections, party lists are still national, so Austrians have a choice of 7 parties on their ballot on May 26: Christian Democrats / Conservatives (Ă–VP) Social Democrats (SPĂ–) Freedom Party (FPĂ–) The […]
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Viktor Orban, EU elections, controversy

Orbán Divides Austria & Europe

The Hungarian Prime Minister wants to build a European right-wing alliance. Austria’s Vice-Chancellor H.C. Strache is one of his strongest supporters, ruffling feathers at home. Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán continues to cause controversy in the run-up to the continent-wide European elections on May 23-26, and a headache for the governing coalition, which is increasingly […]
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Austria Central Bank

Checks & Balances

Austria’s government plans a sweeping revamp of banking supervision that would strip the central bank of its oversight role. Long allies in the oversight of Austria’s banking system, the Finance Ministry and the National Bank are at loggerheads over the coalition’s plan to consolidate audit and analysis functions at the Ministry, drawing heated criticism from […]
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Austrian Business

Austrian Business Knows No Bounds

Engines in India, cable cars in La Paz, logistics on the Silk Road – Austrian technology and exports are at an all-time high. The old station building in the EstaciĂłn Central is still standing, but the tracks have already been torn up and the trains relocated. A single car tells the story of this station […]
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