Eden Vered

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Born in Israel in 1995, Eden grew up in Japan and worked as a classical violinist until joining Metropole as social media Assistant and journalist.
no longer Europe's ash tray, Austria's smoking ban

ÖVP Says Yes to Smoking Ban

With the FPÖ gone, the ÖVP pushes for controversial law in bars and restaurants
Austria World Summit

Thunberg, Schwarzenegger & Guterres in Vienna to Fight Climate Change

Arnold Schwarzenegger at a climate conference raises awareness with star-studded panel at the R20 Austria World Summit

Flight Shame Lands in Austria

A new initiative has European politicians calculating their carbon footprint.
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German Satirist Ruffles Official Feathers

Interviewed on ORF’s ‘Kulturmontag’, Jan Böhmermann’s harsh criticism of Austrian officials went down badly, drawing an ORF disclaimer and a citizen lawsuit. With an exhibition opening in Graz, German comedian Jan Böhmermann was a natural choice for ORF host Christian Konrad’s  ‘Kulturmontag’. So was the topic: A send up of Austria’s domestic politics through the […]
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Tax Reform

Promises, Promises

The new tax reform aims to ease the burden on low-income households while reducing bureaucracy to attract investment. Despite the catchy slogan “Simply Less Tax”, execution seems far from simple. Reports of the Austrian Government’s new tax reform have flooded local media in the weeks surrounding its announcement by the Turquoise-Blue coalition on April 30. […]
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Scooter Clutter

Six hundred more e-scooters have arrived on Vienna streets with provider Hive, as the low-slung two wheelers continue to polarize public opinion and inspire peculiar trends. A new e-scooter provider Hive launched in Vienna April 18. A joint venture of BMW and Daimler, it joins Lime, Bird, Animal, Wind and Flash in a highly competitive […]
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Online Anonymity, ÖVP minister

Ending Online Anonymity

Users of online forums in Austria may be required to provide operators with a “digital identity card” In a move intended to reduce hate speech and the spread of so-called “fake news” on the internet, the Austrian government has announced a proposal to largely eliminate anonymity in on-line forums. As of 2020, Austrians will no […]
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Nina Burger football player

Nina Burger | A Striking Career

After nearly 14 years on the field, Austria’s women’s football bids adieu to the celebrated Nina Burger Austrian Football Association (ÖFB) record holder Nina Burger (31) made her final appearance on the pitch in the national team’s uniform, April 9. As the cameras rolled, the Lower Austrian football icon waved an emotional farewell to 2,150 […]
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Sebastian Kurz, Strache

States Say ‘No’ to €1,50 Wage

Vorarlberg’s ÖVP joins Vienna’s Red/Green coalition in resisting the government’s controversial policy As debate continues over the government’s proposed hourly wage of €1,50 for asylum seekers, cities and towns in the western province of Vorarlberg have refused to comply. “It’s  a mockery. We won’t implement it,” said Harald Köhlmeier (ÖVP) president of the Vorarlberg Association […]
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