English, studied in NY and worked in London, Düsseldorf, NY, Fankfurt, Prague and Vienna. This covered stints in market research and the film industry, international advertising coordination and strategic planning. Currently business school lecturer and journalist.
After 300 years of independent reporting, the world’s oldest newspaper is likely to fall victim to EU digital democracy.
Austria is no more corrupt than other European countries – although possibly more colorful. But the consequences for wrongdoers are often laughably mild. This may be changing.
Between 1890 and 1920, Vienna was a world leader in design. An unlikely mix of imperial decree and cultural revolution drove the Wiener Ästhetik and left its mark on the city even today.
An invitation to a prayer breakfast in the Parlament managed to offend almost everyone, Christians and secularists alike. It also raised the specter of a far darker time.
The Austrian Republic's longest corruption trial ended sensationally. If it has ended. Ex Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser and close friends have been found guilty and sentenced to prison.
“The Light that Failed: A Reckoning” by IWM fellow Ivan Krastev and NYU professor Stephen Holmes explains what went wrong with Western liberalism.
The Kahlenberg Church stands where an allied army gathered at dawn September 12, 1683 before sweeping down from the hills to break the Turkish siege of Vienna. Today it is both a cause for celebration and a rallying point for dubious arch-conservative fringe groups.
Food & Drink
The annual Wine Salon in Palais Coburg presented a tough jury's selection of the best of the current year. The setting was magnificent, the wines too.
A financial pillar of Burgenland had been running on fictional business for years. The inevitable came in August, as the fraudster confessed. Now, auditors and authorities are busy pointing fingers.
The Neusiedlersee is Austria's largest lake, just 45 minutes from the city. It is a paradise for birds and sailors, cyclists and wine growers, as long as there is water in it. That may change.
As the Brexit negotiations drag on, there is still no final clarity on the future of British citizens living in Europe. It is likely to be reciprocal – whatever that means. With Boris, who knows?
The worldwide Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement has now spilled over onto the supermarket shelves. A look at Austria’s own racially problematic icons.
Ubiquitous multinational retailers have flattened the quirky individuality of the world's great cities. Stadt Wien is pushing back. A little anyway.
Viennese waiters are legendary for their grumpiness, but studies show Austrians to be among the world’s happiest people. Can anyone believe the numbers?
Conspiracy theories bloom in a climate of death, doom and destruction. The Corona crisis has brought forth a particularly poisonous crop.
A year ago the infamous video was released: it showed the then Vice-Chancellor H-C Strache promising lucrative state contracts for other favors. What was at first a political embarrassment has now sparked a broader corruption investigation.
A New Metternich Biography Rounds Out the Portrait of One of History’s Greatest Political Strategist...
Wolfgang Siemann draws on newly discovered notes and letters to paint a more nuanced portrait of diplomat and statesman Klemens von Metternich.
The SPÖ Party leader risked everything on a vote of confidence – and won. Then the sniping began.
Food & Drink
After guiding the Austrian Wine Marketing Board (ÖWM) through 15 successful years, Willi Klinger has returned to selling wines from all over at up-market retailer Wein & Co
The growing gulf between rich and poor has unleashed fierce debate since the French economist published “Capital and Ideology” in 2019. The economic meltdown from the Corvid-19 crisis gives the debate a bitter new immediacy.
The Corona crisis justified a package of extraordinary measures that limit basic freedoms. Watchdogs are worried that the government may be reluctant to give up these powers as the pandemic recedes.
Vienna based OSCE is charged with monitoring the ongoing conflict between government troops and Russian-backed separatist militias in the Eastern Ukraine: Coronavirus does not make the task easier.
Vienna’s temple of movie nostalgia, the legendary Bellaria cinema, has gone dark. Energetic rescue attempts are going on behind the screen, but a happy end is not yet in sight.
A recent contribution published in the magazine "Private Eye" in August 2019, featured a minor American science fiction novel from 1967. The hero: a bumbling incompetent attempting to stave off a dystopian galactic disaster, named Boris Johnson.
Other winemakers may follow the méthode champenoise, but the aristocrats of bubbly still define the market. Procedures can be copied; the magic is m...
The cruelest punishment imaginable,” said the Viennese modernist architect Adolf Loos, “would be to be locked up in a prison cell decorated by Josef H...
Riding Vienna’s public transport is always an adventure. This expat of over 20 years finds a hidden political agenda in the passenger information stic...
This year’s VieVinum showcases the best of Austria and introduces little known Swiss and Dalmatian wines at the Hofburg from June 9 to 11. Wine f...
For centuries, Austria’s military was the structure that held a sprawling collection of multi-ethnic territories together, perhaps a European Union be...
The Viennese love their white wines young and fresh. Winemakers in Gols would prefer to wait. Farmers the world over ...
Frederick Baker’s tour de force Klimt’s Magic Garden premiers a work and a technology. This is not the Klimt that launched a thousand place mat...
The Bundesheer is the nation’s stepchild, unloved and underfed. But it is a respected international player and may have found its new role. Today...
If Rome has coffee and Moscow has vodka, then Vienna’s soul fuel is surely wine. The city is awash in the stuff: dozens of Vinotheken and wine ba...
Russia at bay | The 25th OSCE Ministerial Council Takes on Some of our World’s Most Intractable Prob...
There’s always a strange calm in the press benches whatever the weight of the unfolding event. The armored limousines roll up in front of the Hofburg...
Beamter: Check out any decent dictionary and it will show a string of translations – official, clerk, functionary, civil servant etc. – none of ...
Hungary has a terroir all its own, with a heart and soul rooted in the small, family vineyards Less than three hours fr...
The Old World has no claim to great European art. A magnificent gallery showcases Vienna’s treasures in the Big Apple Europeans like to believe t...
The recently published diaries of Sunset Boulevard screenwriter Charles Brackett, on Hollywood and the half-mad world of Viennese émigré director Bill...