Julia Seidl

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Born 1993, Julia C. Seidl did her first internship at "Die Presse" when she was 17. She went on to study "Journalism & Media Management" in Vienna and worked for several local news outlets such as ORF, Kurier and Falter before joining Metropole as online content and social media manager.
Austrian election

New Party Funding Law Passed

With the votes of the SPĂ–, FPĂ– and JETZT, the Nationalrat (National Council) has decided to reform the funding of political parties.
charms of the Ferris wheel and park

My Home Is My Grätz – The Fairytale Road

A whistle blares unmistakably through the bushes and shrubs. The little train is ready to depart. “Einsteigen bitte!” (All aboard!) says an automated voice. The green passenger car with yellow wheels and the No. 5 printed on the side shudders into action. The Böhmischer Prater (Bohemian ­Pra­ter) on Laaer Berg in Vienna’s 10th district is […]
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Gay Women Lesbians

Marriage for All – Now For Foreigners, Too

+++ UPDATE +++ On June 26, a committee of the Austrian Parliament passed an amendment by the NEOS that makes same-sex marriage legal for couples living in Austria, even if one or both of the spouse...
Blackout

In Case of a Nationwide Blackout

What would happen if the power failed across Europe? Last week, the Austrian government ran a three-day trial to find out – and they have some pointers for the rest of us
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Mind Matters

Artists Andreas Kattner shares his top 10 moments from the Venice Art Biennale. The Venice Art Biennale, an international celebrations of human culture so renowned it hardly needs introducing, opened its gates to curious minds on May 10. There is a lot to experience and everyone will have their own, perhaps very different, personal highlights. […]
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Lippizaner, horses, Unseco World Heritage

The White Stallions as Cultural Heritage

Forgetting their differences, Austria and Slovenia join forces to seek UNESCO recognition of the Lipizzaner as an “immaterial world cultural heritage.” Additional reporting by Dardis McNamee Austria and Slovenia have decided to join forces rather than fight over recognition of the Lipizzaner stud farms as UNESCO “immaterial world cultural heritage.” At a press conference in […]
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Sebastian Kurz

Kurz in China

At the international Silk Road Forum in Beijing, the Austrian chancellor met Chinese leaders and signed several ambitious new bilateral treaties. When China’s rulers call, the mighty come from far afield – as they did at the gathering China’s President Xi Jinping organized on April 26-28 to promote his country’s “Silk Road Initiative.” Among the […]
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Game Over at Carl Hilpert

With its owner retiring and no successor in sight, the Alt-Stadt’s oldest toy shop by Stephansdom will close after 147 years. SchulerstraĂźe 1-3 is the official address of “Carl Hilpert KG”. But most people just know it as “the toy store behind St. Stephan’s Cathedral”. Here, you can buy Lego and Playmobil, dolls, little airplanes, […]
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Ballet Academy Expose

Brutal Training at the Balletakademie

The elite dance training at the Vienna State Opera school is a scene of everyday emotional and physical abuse, says a recent exposé: Former students and teachers report. With accusations of physica...
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