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Hitting Home

“Economists,” American novelist William Gilmore Simms is quoted as saying, “put decimal points in their forecasts to show they have a sense of humor.” Which has been in my thoughts a lot recently. Especially in the case of Brexit and its effects on Central Europe. The range of possibilities – the various factors that will […]
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tourist shot of Salzburg

All Salzburg’s a Stage

Born out of the ashes of the Great War, the Salzburg Festspiele carries on Max Reinhardt’s dream of a Europe united through culture. Where other nations lionize inventors, generals or captains of industry, Austrians worship at the altar of high art. Opera singers are as famous as footballers and premieres at the Burgtheater are front-page news. […]
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HTL Ottakgring, School Spitting

School Spitting Match

Student aggression provokes a teacher beyond control. A short video shows the encounter that leads to disciplinary measures and a government response. By Veronika Hribernik A teacher and a student are screaming at each other – a “heated discussion” about the final grades, according to the principal of a Viennese trade school, HTL Ottakring. Suddenly […]
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