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Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Simon Ballam

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.
Film Stills

Film Stills: Magical Moments

Film stills as drama suspended, art as advertisement: Even if you’ve never seen the movie, chances are you know the imageThey are the indelible visuals of the 20th century; they overshadow even the horrific...
Kurz takes over the OSCE

Eyewitness: Kurz Takes Over the OSCE

As chairmanship revolves to Austria, we listened to what Foreign Minister Kurz sees as the biggest challengesI arrived unreasonably early on a crisp, sunny day mid-January at the Hofburg’s modest corner entrance for the...
The Third Man

A Spymaster’s Vienna – On the Trail of The Third Man

Graham Greene’s The Third Man: An iconic portrait of gloom and corruption in Austria’s postwar capitalGreat cities have their architectural icons, the Eiffel Tower presiding over the City of Light, Big Ben brooding beside...
vineyard in the city

On the Vine | Dollhouse Vintage – Urban Vineyard

Vienna’s smallest working vineyard is in the heart of the cityWe all know the PR photo stunts: a portly man in a serious business suit performing the unlikely task of shovelling earth, “breaking the...

Bacchus Meets Disney

For better or worse, the Langenlois Loisium is a theme park for the thirstyAfter driving up the hill through a seemingly endless colony of chic designer houses, we arrived at an ominous cement-clad modernistic...

The Day After: Outs Win

This is a sad morning for Britain and unfathomable for Europe. The morning after Brexit, the headlines make grim reading: “Pound sterling crashes to 1985 low”, “World stocks in free fall,” “The rage of...

Op-Ed: Man Without a Country

Breaking its election promises, a Tory government has left expat Britons out in the coldDisenfranchisement is an ugly word. As a UK citizen without a vote in my own country, I feel cheated. I’m...

Op-Ed: The SPÖ’s Family Feud

Austria’s refugee crisis has not only polarized the political landscape,  it has split the country’s ruling party right down the middle As every seasoned police officer knows, fights within families are among the most unpleasant...

International: OSCE Vienna – Soft Power At Work

Born in the chilliest era of the Cold War, Vienna's OSCE fosters common-sense cooperation between people of good will“What we do is soft power,” said Natacha Rajakovic, spokeswoman for the Office for Security and...