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.
Blood doping scandal

Doping Scandal

Say it Ain’t So, Max! Another ski season, another scandal – and yet another case of national heartbreak, as the Nordic Ski World Cup in Seefeld (Feb 19-Mar 3) saw Austrian athletes, found with syri...
ISIS Retournees in Austria

The Return of the Jihadi

When two Viennese girls who had left in 2014 as 14 year-olds to join ISIS in Syria announced they wanted to come home, front page coverage in the Boulevard press was predictable: blue eyed Sabine and ...
Asylum seekers in Austria

Sign Language

As travelers we're used to following signs: Left or right, in or out, arrivals, departures and baggage claim. At the Interior Ministry's processing centers for asylum seekers, the sign reads Erstaufna...
Deportation Instead of Training

Deportation Instead of Training

Come if You Can Cook "The law" as Charles Dickens' Mr. Bumble sagely observed "is an ass." Austria's economy is currently desperately short of skilled workers. Officially there are 27 Mangelberufe...
Austrian wine

Austria’s 2018 Wines | Beating the Heat

The 2018 Austrian wines are defined by last year’s long summer and sweltering temperatures. Like love and moonlight, wine and sunshine go hand in hand, but too much of a good thing can be as harmful as too little. Many of the world’s best wines have always come from cooler climes, with Champagne and Burgundy […]
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News Monitor

European Elections Ahead When an entire continent goes to the polls, we should pay attention to what people have to say. From May 23-26, a new European Parliament will be elected for the next five years. Roughly 400 million EU citi- zens across 27 EU member states (after the planned with- drawal of the United […]
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News Monitor

Trouble in Lederhosen All the ingredients for a slow news day story were there: a much-loved local showbiz star, Nazi-accusations and some holier-than-thou Germans. Andreas Gabalier, Austrian “Volks-Rock-’n Roller” who sings rock ballads in Lederhosen, had been awarded a prize by the Munich Carneval Club Narrhalla and reaped a storm of abuse as a closet […]
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WRONG SKILLS OR WRONG SKIN? “No one has to live out their days in Rohrbach,” headlined the daily Der Standard (06.02.19). How the 2,400 citizens of this pleasant little border town felt is not recorded – but it points up a truism of the Austrian labor market: Vienna’s unemployed are often reluctant to move to the […]
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MAK Koloman Moser

A Feast for the Senses

The MAK honors Koloman Moser influential and abundant body of work "Koloman Moser UniversalkĂĽnstler" proclaims the publicity by the Museum of Applied Arts (MAK) for their current exhibition; whethe...
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