Dardis McNamee

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

Donald Tusk’s Clear Voice

Welcoming to Scotland, the perennial European is not about to leave the political stage.
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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.

The Tell-Tale Note

Jottings from phone calls at a Vienna hotel key evidence in Trump Impeachment.
Vienna at night

Pro & Con | Winter 2019

The Still of the Night by Dardis McNamee Some come to Vienna wishing it were Rome or Madrid, bistro nights in Trestevere, or partying on the Barrio de Las Letras. Vienna’s so quiet. Where’s the action? The answer is, underground, or on the roof, in an old warehouse, or under the arches of the Stadtbahn. Or simply, inside. In […]
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Silvia Freiser & New York’s Viennese Opera Ball

Silvia Frieser and the Viennese Opera Ball in New York
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Relearning Excellence | A Post-PISA response

There was a time when the Vienna school system was among the most respected in Europe. Current PISA results are far from that
Ignatieff CEU

Michael Ignatieff | Academic Freedom Fighter

The Central European University finds a safe-haven in Vienna. Amid the optimism of the move its rector warns of the dangers of complacency  
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Complete Smoking Ban | In Defense of Choice

The Wirtschaftskammer’s, champion of separate smoking areas, still thinks this was the better way to go.