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 managing editor and COO for Metropole in Vienna. Fields of expertise are politics, economics, culture, and history. Photo: Visual Hub

Editorial: A Presidential Six-Way

The Austrian Presidential elections used to be a dull affair. Not anymore. The Austrian Presidential elections used to be a dull affair, with candidates of the two main parties SPĂ– and Ă–VP sparring with each other over issues they didn’t have the power to change anyway and the electorate languidly casting their votes. Not anymore. […]
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Book Review: Language Shock

Understanding requires much more than merely speaking the same language. It’s the culture that matters. In a Viennese cafĂ©: you’ve found a table, caught the waiter’s eye and call out “Herr Ober!” He goes right by, oblivious? You turn to your new acquaintance apologetically, trying to work out in ten seconds whether to use Du […]
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Be My Guest: Danny Kim – Modern Korean

Fusing Korean and European cuisine is a natural fit Just behind the Volksoper, Danny Kim cooks up dishes you have never seen before. Even Beef Tartare, a quintessential European dish, is served here with Korean chili sauce, pumpkin mousse and rice. Scallops are served with sweet potatoes, miso and cucumber. Tuna steak is accompanied by […]
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Book Review: Austerity: The history of a dangerous idea

On 300 dense pages the Scottish political economist Mark Blyth delivers a ringing battle cry to change course – or else. With the economy back on a growth trajectory and unemployment beginning to fall across the euro zone, politicians and economists rejoice that their harsh austerity measures have worked. Political economist Mark Blyth begs to differ. […]
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Austrian School of economic thought

Science & Technology: No Country for Old Economists

The Austrian school of economic thought shapes financial policy the world over – but remains unpopular in its land of origin In dealing with the euro crisis, the European Union is following the playbook of Austrian economists. As is the International Monetary Fund (IMF) in Washington, when designing harsh structural adjustment programs. So too are […]
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International: The Real Challenge

The countries of Europe are faced with tidal waves of newcomers, bringing with them different values, unfamiliar cultures, and untried skills that must now be factored into daily life Picture a room: Twenty-two young men, six chairs, four whiteboards, no desks. And a young woman. The men, aged 16 to 25, are from Afghanistan and Iraq, Syria and Pakistan, […]
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Be My Guest: Chef Eyal Shani

This celebrity chef from Israel has opened another of his Miznon civilized street food restaurants in Vienna   “It’s the entire world on the plate,” gushes Israeli chef Eyal Shani, serving his guests in his newly opened street food restaurant, Miznon, on SchulerstraĂźe in central Vienna. In sharing his recipe for one of his renowned […]
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International Press Reacts to Austrian Chancellor’s Statements

Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann has caused some confusion in neighboring countries with his recent statements on a “temporary suspension” of the Schengen free border agreement and his suggesting the possible consequences for European countries of not showing solidarity in the refugee crisis. (The following excerpts were compiled and translated for METROPOLE by Benjamin Wolf)   […]
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