Dardis McNamee

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Dardis McNamee is the Editor in Chief of METROPOLE. Over a long career in journalism she has written for The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler in New York, the Wall Street Journal Europe and Die Zeit in Vienna, as well as having been a speechwriter to two US ambassadors to Austria. She was awarded the 2007 Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching for her work at the Department of Media Communications for Webster University Worldwide. In 2010, she was granted Austrian Citizenship of Honor (EhrenstaatsbĂĽrgerschaft) for outstanding contributions to the Austrian Republic
European Union, EPP, European People's Party

The Choice for Europe

So here we are, at press time, with Austria’s governing coalition deservedly in tatters. After the release of a fatally compromising video – documenting efforts to broker government contracts for ille...
Speisen ohne Grenzen

Catering Integration

A new initiative serves delivered lunches to local businesses while training refugee women for careers in the food service business. Additional research by Fausia Abdoel In a rented kitchen in the 17th district, things are bustling: At one prep station a young woman in her 20s in jeans and a head scarf stands next to […]
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Hospital Heal Thyself

After 13 years and €500 million in cost overruns, the new hi-tech Krankenhaus Nord will open in June, integrating and upgrading services from around the city. That a “consciousness consultant” could be paid €95,000 to envelope the site in a positive energy field was perhaps a measure of the absurdities that have accompanied the project […]
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Max Zirngast

Austrian Journalist Unable to Leave Turkey

Additional Research by Julia Seidl  Seven months after his arrest, Austrian reporter Max Zirngast remains in limbo following the cancellation of his April trial date. Accused of membership in a left-wing terrorist organization, Austrian journalist and political science student Max Zirngast has been denied permission to leave Turkey, where he has been confined since his […]
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Breaking News | Britons May Vote in the EU Elections

Regardless of Brexit, British citizens living in Austria may participate in the European elections in May, the Interior Ministry confirmed. Estimating the number between 500 and 1,000, voting rights expert Robert Stein of the Interior Ministry confirmed Monday (April 8) the right of British citizens to participate in the up-coming elections for the European Parliament, […]
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Gemeindebau, Social housing, Vienna, 100 years

A New Century of Social Housing

As in 1919, Vienna’s revised Building Code hopes to dampen land prices and make the economics of affordable housing work again In this season of centennials, the City of Vienna considers 2019 the anniversary of its famed Social Housing program. A hundred years ago, with migrants flooding the city from across the former Empire, Vienna […]
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heumarkt

Heumarkt | Stopped for Now

Under pressure from Federal Culture Minister Gernot Blümel, Vienna’s controversial Heumarkt project was suddenly called off late Sunday (Mar 17), delayed for at least two years, pending further discus...
Timothy Snyder

Timothy Snyder’s Call to Action

In an age of confusion, historian and author Timothy Snyder looks to the past for a guide to the future of the West. On a pleasant evening in late October 2018, several dozen people filed into the meeting rooms of the famed Republikanischer Club, tucked on a side street behind the University of Vienna Law […]
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Coffeehouse Diaspora

In A Rich Brew, Shachar Pinsker makes a convincing case for the role of cafĂ©s in fostering a golden age of Jewish culture. In any guidebook about Vienna, the Kaffeehaus holds a place of honor, a sort of people’s club, open to all, where the rich exchange of friendship, creativity and ideas that became the […]
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