Simon Ballam

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English, studied in NY and worked in London, DĂĽsseldorf, 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.
boris johnson

Book Review | Boris – Agent of Chaos

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.
urban harvest

Urban Harvest

The annual ritual of the Weinlese on Schwarzenbergplatz mixes the social with the political

Grooner on the Other Side

“Austrian wines, sir? Certainly …” Store manager Allyson showed me to a shelf of Yellowtail Chardonnays and Sauvignons. No, I reply, no kangaroos. She smiled vaguely and leads me unerringly to a small but decent collection of Alsatian wines, from the border region on the Rhine in eastern France. Aha. I had already spotted a simple […]
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Burgartenland

Round the Flat Lake

Burgenland covers many microclimates and qualities of terroir, resulting in a richness of wines just a short hop from downtown Vienna. A rough wooden table at the top of an ancient Kellergasse, a flagon of the farmer’s wine flanked by plates of local hams and cheeses, and a long perspective over Breitenbrunn’s magnificent gate tower to […]
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Krems

A Charming Tour of Krems | Wine, Music & Art

Sleepy little town on the Danube – or hotbed of political intrigue and architecture? Surrounded by vineyards and just an hour from Vienna, Krems is both.
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HC Strache, Philippa Strache

Proxy Politics in the FPĂ–

Philippa Strache, wife of disgraced ex Vice-Chancellor H-C Strache, has long played a supporting role to her husband's ambitions.  Now she may be about to launch a political career of her own.
Sebastian Kurz steps down

Going Through the Motions

“Und nun?” (Now what?) asked Simon Rosner in the Wiener Zeitung after the Ibiza video bombshell: The coalition shattered and the once powerful Kanzler Kurz kicked out of office.  Indeed, what next?
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Odin Wiesinger, controversial right wing artist

Much Ado About Something

The FPĂ– has named an openly Teutonic-nationalist for a cultural advisory board. Critics protested – and the language in both directions was inflammatory, leading Wiesinger to ultimately turn down the role. The appointment of right-wing artist Odin Wiesinger – a specialist in the icons of Teutonic myth and nationalist militarism – for the FPĂ– seat […]
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It’s Party Time

Three mainstream parties and two and a half smaller ones are competing to represent Austria in the EU parliament. The left-right divide is there, but here the nationalists want to bend Europe, not leave it. It’s the run up to EU election day May 26th, and the city’s streets are full of campaign posters. Recent […]
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