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Sunday, October 21, 2018

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 (Ehrenstaatsbürgerschaft) for outstanding contributions to the Austrian Republic

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On a little square, tucked away at the bottom of Praterstraße, stands a gentleman cast in iron, his Napoleon collar high on his neck, top hat in hand, making his entry. It’s Johann Nepomuk Nestroy,...
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Empire to Republic | Austria, The Making of a Republic

Austria’s path from the heart of an empire to a resilient republic was a stony one. It’s the story of a country finding its identity. The Great War had begun with banners flying, with proud young soldiers in crisp uniforms...
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Empire to Republic | 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’s day in July of 1977, several dozen people gathered in the Cemetery of St....
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Opinion | 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 million refugees flooded across EU borders, it has been nearly...
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Books | The Education of Viktor Orban

Paul Lendvai tracks the ambition of the increasingly authoritarian Hungarian prime minister. In politics, symbols matter. So it was on Heroes’ Square in Budapest that some 250,000 people gathered on June 6, 1989, for the...
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The Nostalgia Trap: How There has Never Been Just one ‘old Vienna’

In every age, the pressures of change in Vienna have stirred a longing for better times gone by, often more imagined than real, but nonetheless central to our idea of who we are In November...
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Opinion | What Happens When we Forget the Reasons for the EU?

The exuberance of the early 2000s has given way to mistrust, but catastrophe can be avoided if we keep a close eye on the past In 2007, Australian literary critic Clive James published an extraordinary...
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The Empress & the Wine: Slovakia

How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of them Austrians know its nearby capital of Bratislava as the favorite of Empress Maria Theresia, where she...

Opinion | Europe’s Identity Under Crisis: Is Populism the Answer?

The anguish over protectionism misses a deeper message about European identity The news about Europe these days is discouraging: headlines, books and essays all tell a common story: “The Rebirth of Populism”; “How Far is Europe Swinging to...