Naomi Hunt

Naomi Hunt is a managing editor at Metropole, with roots in the U.S. and Malaysia that have long been buried under Austrian soil. She previously served as a program manager at the International Dialogue Centre (KAICIID) and was a Senior Press Freedom Adviser at the International Press Institute (IPI).

Families – Dreaming of Life After Corona

So there she was, on a Tuesday morning of what we now call the Corona Era, gazing at the walls of the little “water closet” decorated in Viennese style.
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Philippa Strache – in or out of Parliament? In, she says.

The far-right Freedom Party decides not to give Philippa Strache a seat in parliament (though they may not have a choice), while husband H.C. appears to be floating the idea of founding his own party

Scientists Offer Advice on Climate Change

We spoke with climate researcher Mathias Kirchner about Austria’s forthcoming Energy and Climate Plan, scientists’ efforts to help politicians, and why systemic reform is barely on the horizon.

Thomas Cook Insolvency Affects Thousands in Austria

The British travel giant announced Monday its would cease all operations, stranding tens of thousands and costing thousands of jobs.

Fridays for Future | How a Movement of Kids Is Leading the Way

This Friday, the youth-led movement will launch its largest collective action ever. Three local representatives tell us how complex the challenge is – and how, with collective effort, we can rise to the challenge.

The Casinos Austria Scandal Stains Everyone

Election campaigns for the National Assembly are in full swing, but the fallout continues for the far-right Freedom Party (FPÖ) and Novomatic. As Metr...

The Return of Wolves and Bears in Austria

The reappearance of apex predators in the alps have some calling for a cull; but environmentalists decry the “scaremongering” and call for more electric fences.

Tough Times for Austria‘s Retail Sector

One in three Austrian retailers booked losses in 2017/2018, new research shows – as did every second book, jewelry and watch dealer. Still longer-term trends are positive.

Red Cross Sanguine in Blood Drive Dispute

The Austrian Red Cross has called for a law to be lifted that requires a medical doctor to be present at blood drives; the Medical Chamber disagrees

E-Scooter Troubles

Electric scooters offer a fast and affordable means to zip around town – but as with other new tech, there are growing pains.

Bomb Threat Leads to Shootout Near Innsbruck

A caller’s threat to the Altstadt in Innsbruck on Wednesday led to a wide-ranging evacuation and shootout between the alleged caller and police.

Uber’s Last-Ditch Petition to Avoid Taxi Rules

A new law would impose standardized cab fares on ride-hailing services Uber and Holmi – which they and the NEOS say undermines fair competition.

Creative Bookkeeping at the WKO

The Vienna Chamber of Commerce has been “hiding” payments to retirees as non-profit contributions, while the Chamber says the auditors knew about it all along.

A Rising Tide: Measles and the Vaccination Debate

A wave of cases in Austria puts the spotlight on anti-vaxxers, the health care system and society’s short memoryAustria has been facing a spike in...

A Hello to Arms | Rojava at the Volkstheater

Rojava offers lessons on love, life and death from the Autonomous Administration of North and East SyriaRojava, the self-described autonomous admi...

Much Ado About Guns

The opening of a new sporting goods store on the Mariahilferstrasse reveals the cultural rift over firearms in AustriaA minor kerfuffle ensued las...

How to Grow Up in Vienna

Coming of age in Vienna can be frightening, freeing and exhilarating at the same time - just like growing up.Arriving in Vienna at 14 wa...