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 (Ehrenstaatsbürgerschaft) for outstanding contributions to the Austrian Republic

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 chance As I listen to the latest round of policy boxing over the new Pädagogik-Paket (Teaching Package), my heart sinks. It’s a debate I’ve heard before in another time and place, one where a world of […]
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cultural amnesia

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 of the Soviet Union, political philosopher Isaiah ...
Ufertaverne

Dining on the Danube at the Scenic Ufertaverne

At the Ufertaverne of the Hofbauer Segelschule, great food and wine is only half the draw It’s a sunny Sunday in Vienna, with a light breeze. A great day to be on the water. From the broad terrac...

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, everybody loses As former Green Party defense spo...

Texting Europe | Hungary’s Children of the Revolution

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Mayor Michael Häupl

Servas, Michi!

After a quarter century, Vienna’s popular Mayor Michael Häupl leaves behind a city more prosperous, international and innovative – yet still humane. That’s saying a lot. The 1st of May marked a revival of sorts for Vienna’s SPÖ, as some 120,000 people showed up for the party’s annual Labor Day love fest – by far […]
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Die Creme de la Creme | Where to Find Great Austrian Cuisine Around the World

Long underestimated, Austria’s culinary traditions are being reinvented and coming into their own by Bart de Vries & Dardis McNamee After language, a culture is defined perhaps most intimately by its cuisine, what Austrian star chef Wolfgang Puck calls “an expression of the place.” French food (soufflé et quiche), Italian food (calamari é lasagna) even […]
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Marshall Plan

Book Review | “The Marshall Plan Since 1947” Recalls America’s...

70 years later, the Marshall Plan remains a model for foreign aid policy in everybody’s interest. In retrospect, the past seems inevitable. But even in late 1947, a discouraged US Secretary of State George C. Marshall gave his European Recovery Program no more than a 50/50 chance of passing Congress. How it came to be, […]
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Opinion | Remedial German for Migrants: “Ghetto Classes” or Special ...

The debate over remedial German classes for migrants has been heated and polarized. It is also a false choice. Ludwig Wittgenstein was absorbed with the problems of language: Why, he wondered, were we still struggling with the same questions that had troubled Plato 2,000 years ago? The reason, the Viennese philosopher decided, was that our […]
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