Dardis McNamee

Dardis McNamee is the Editor in Chief of Metropole. She has written for The New York Times, Conde Nast Traveler (NYC), the Wall Street Journal Europe and Die Zeit in Vienna, as well as having been a speechwriter to two U.S. ambassadors to Austria. She was awarded the 2007 Kemper Award for Excellence in Teaching (Media & Communications).

Frederick Baker, in Memoriam

The Austro-British filmmaker stretched the boundaries of documentary and film technique, exploring interactive storytelling and the application of virtual reality to the experience of art.

Stoppard’s Leopoldstadt Is a Portrait of Vienna’s Jewish Life

Lush and ultimately shattering, Leopoldstadt is a loving portrait of Jewish life in early 20th century Vienna, and a heartfelt embrace of Stoppard’s own immigrant story.

Legendary Cellist and Conductor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch at the Salzburg Festival

In celebration of the Festival's 100th anniversary, the last surviving member of the Women's Orchestra at Auschwitz, now 95, spoke by video about the role of music in her life.

Ewald Nowotny on the EU Post-Pandemic

The pandemic could be the making of the EU, says the former ÖNB governor. On coronabonds,” the “frugal four” and the clever Mrs. Merkel.

Christo in Vienna

A chance encounter with Christo and Jeanne Claude, the artists who once planned to wrap up one of Vienna’s Flakturm in a giant gauze.

Donald Tusk, Former President of the European Council, Takes Stock

Hoping to the last to soften Brexit, while welcoming Scotland, the perennial European faces an even greater challenge: to strengthen the continent’s vision of itself.

Austria, the Making of a Republic

On April 27, 1945, the Austrian Proclamation of Independence was signed and promulgated in the liberated city of Vienna. Today, Austrians celebrate 75 years of their Republic, a free, democratic and open country in the middle of Europe.

“Inländer raus!” – Austrians Stay Away!

In picturesque towns of the Salzkammergut, mayors hoped to limit spread of the Coronavirus by discouraging city visitors. Instead, they sounded peevish and small-minded.

Ischgl | Greed and Consequences

Delays and denials by Tyrolean officials and the tourism industry have provoked a class action suit, and untold damage to the reputation of the legendary ski resort.

Klimt Portrait Passes the Test

The famed Austrian painter’s recently recovered “Portrait of a Woman” is confirmed as the one stolen from an Italian museum over two decades ago.

Finding Beethoven Part I | 4 Ways to Start the Anniversary Year

Beethoven was a “Wahlwiener,” a Viennese by choice. During this 250th anniversary year of his birth, his adopted city has pulled out all the stops on this great organ of musical life, to bring him alive in sounds­­­­, sights and special events.

Pro & Con | Winter 2019

The Still of the Nightby Dardis McNameeSome come to Vienna wishing it were Rome or Madrid, bistro nights in Trestevere, or partying on t...

Democracy’s Second Wind in CEE

METROPOLE and GLOBSEC will be cooperating on a range of activities, initiatives and events in the upcoming months to promote democracy in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE)

Matti Bunzl: Staging the Conversation

At the Wien Museum, the US-educated Austrian scholar wants to use the incidents of history to question the way we live now.In Vienna, museums are ...

The Choice for Europe

Amid foreign efforts to undermine Western democracy, decisive questions increasingly can only be addressed in Brussels.So here we are, at press ti...

Remaking Globalization

Joseph Stiglitz has been awarded the CEU 2019 Open Society Prize at the final graduation ceremony in Budapest. Our Editor in Chief met him in 2006 when he held a speech in Vienna – foreboding much of what has transpired since.

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 the far-right vice chancellor H.C. Strache has been shown the door.

Catering Integration

A new initiative serves delivered lunches to local businesses while training refugee women for careers in the food service business.Additional re...

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 t...

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. Estimati...

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), dela...

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...

Coffeehouse Diaspora

In A Rich Brew, Shachar Pinsker makes a convincing case for the role of cafés in fostering a golden age of Jewish culture.In any guidebook about V...

The Power of Culture

How Austrians know who they areOn November 18, the afternoon temperature suddenly dropped to an icy chill and the first flakes of snow b...

Get the Hang of Wiener Schmäh

Schmäh may not be the first thing you notice when you arrive in Vienna. But it comes up soon enough In school, for example: My children were astonish...

Opinion | Déjà vu All Over Again

With the Neue Mittelschule, reformers tried one-size-fits-all – with dismal results. Education Minister Heinz Faßmann’s pragmatic approach deserves a ...

Opinion | Kurz’s Course Correction

The EU is finally getting tough on Europe’s strongmen. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz played a major role in this turnaround On September 12, th...

Rethinking Nationalism

At the root of Europe’s malaise is a philosophical paradox over what it means to be human.On a summer afternoon in 1991 soon after the collapse ...

Dining on the Danube at the Scenic Ufertaverne

At the Ufertaverne of the Hofbauer Segelschule, great food and wine is only half the drawIt’s a sunny Sunday in Vienna, with a light breeze. A g...

Has #MeToo Gone Too Far?

Lifetimes of understandable resentment can boil over into presumptions of guilt. This is dangerous. And when important public careers are ruined, ever...

Servas, Michi!

After a quarter century, Vienna’s popular Mayor Michael Häupl leaves behind a city more prosperous, international and innovative – yet still humane. T...

Austria, a Country Reborn

As the Habsburg Empire entered the final year of the Great War, the future seemed wide open. A turbulent century followed.On a pleasant summer...

The Dangers of Denial

Two years after the start of the refugee crisis, some hard truths and daunting challenges can no longer be ignored.Since 2015, when over a mil...

The Education of Viktor Orban

In "Orban: Europe's New Strongman" Paul Lendvai tracks the ambition of the increasingly authoritarian Hungarian prime minister.In politics, sy...

The Empress & the Wine: Slovakia

How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of themAustrians know its n...

Opinion | How the Solar Eclipse Shows how Tiny we Really are

“It’s difficult to make predictions,” the great Danish physicist Niels Bohr liked to say, “especially about the future” – a proverb that captured quit...

Opinion | Kurz the Boy Wonder

When Sebastian Kurz was asked to be State Secretary for Integration in 2011, he was 24 years old. It was a new position, and then-ÖVP party chairman...

Opinion | The Politics of Women’s Clothing on Beaches and Billboards

The politics of women’s clothing in advertising A double billboard fills the end wall of an apartment house just off the Karmelitermarkt in Vienna’s ...

Keeping Women on the Austrian Farm

To keep women on the land, things will have to change.One of the most successful programs in the history of ­Austrian television is a quirky dat...

What Lies Ahead for Café-Restaurant Cobenzl

Charm is an elusive quality, a mix of beauty, setting, an appeal to the heart. Something precious. Even in Vienna, it should never be taken for grante...

Opinion | How Tony Blair is Trying to Save Britain From Itself

Calling ‘the pain large, the gain illusory,’ the former PM’s last-ditch effort to undo BrexitTony Blair has just given Britain another chance.  ...

Opinion | Politics in the Sauna

In the current political climate, trust is at a premium. So Gerhard Kroiß (FPÖ), the deputy mayor of Wels in Lower Austria, decided it was time for th...

How to be a Diplomat

The ultimate dream jobs in public service take patience, persistence and good language skills. If you’re lucky, you even get to save the worldAd...

Opinion | (Fake) News of the World

How a small number of young eastern Europeans have managed to influence U.S politicsFake news has no borders. Last fall, in the flurry of debunk...

Georgia O’Keeffe: The Reluctant Icon

Georgia O’Keeffe stars in her largest retrospective outside of her home countryMost people first get to know Georgia O’Keeffe through her volupt...

Remembering Ari Rath (1925 – 2017)

Vienna-born Ari Rath, former editor-in-chief of The Jerusalem Post, died on January 13, 2017, at the age of 92. A strong advocate for peace between th...

Opinion | Integration à la Suisse

It has happened so oftenSoon after their arrival in Austria, a refugee family makes a formal application for asylum and is assigned to a small t...

Alpine Hi–Tech

Skiing is deeply embedded in Austrian identity. In spite of climate change, technology has made the sport smarter and saferInternational familie...

Death in Vienna

Some Viennese may play down any special relationship with death. But, then again, it’s probably better not to take any chances...

Opinion | It Can’t Happen Here

Across Europe, liberal principles are under pressure, Austrian democracy must not be put at riskIn a few weeks, Austrians will again go to the p...

Teaching Thinkers

A revolution in school reform – finally!Austria’s new Education Minister Sonja Hammerschmid had barely taken office before she began ruffling fe...

Once More, with Feeling

With contributions pouring in, Alexander Van der Bellen is out to win the Hofburg – again – and help set the tone for Europe’s future On a brilliantl...

Editorial: Politics with Production Values

Austria’s new media-savvy chancellor Christian Kern offers a “New Deal,” while facing down the far right It was high drama in the Austrian Parliament...

Editorial: Climate Refugees

As failed crops, droughts, and extreme weather cause more upheaval we may need to rethink our definitionsAcross 17th century Europe, the tempera...

Editorial: Can’t Take a Joke

With each attempt to strong-arm the media, Turkish President Erdogan only confirms his vulnerabilityTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is ha...

How to…Keep your culture

Being an expat in Vienna doesn't necessarily mean turning your back on all things homeOften, it isn’t until you live outside your native land th...

Editorial: Rediscovering Statesmanship

Austrian leaders took some risks – and a lot of criticism – to start the diplomatic conversationAs I write this Brussels is still smoldering fro...

Editorial: The Right to be “Ugly”

Eugene Quinn’s irreverent campaign to reimagine Vienna, and break down hidebound rules of tradeIf you stare at something long enough, it can...

Book Review: Theater of Modernity

With a fascinating cast of characters, Philipp Blom’s engaging history of  the inter-war years stages the glories and agonies of these troubled times....

Book Review: Taking the Waters

David Clay Large’s engaging history: The Grand Spas of Central Europe In a sense, David Clay Large took a lifetime to write The Grand Spas of Ce...

Cover Story: For the Sake of Art

Does culture still matter in a world where big money often defines value?On a Monday evening in mid-November, the narrow street in front of the ...
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