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“We are not the united states of Europe”

Karin Kneissl, former Foreign Minister of Austria, talks politics, diplomacy and Europe's place in the world in an exclusive final interview with Metropole magazine

Celebrating 40 Years of the UN in Vienna Ⓜ️

A symbol for peace that needs to work on its visibility. More support from the Austrian government would also be a help.
Francis Fukuyama

The Quest for Dignity

Stanford political scientist Francis Fukuyama was in Vienna in early March to talk about the global crisis of democracy. Gaining world fame for his “End of History” thesis following the collapse of communism, he has gone from a standard-bearer for neo-conservatism to voting for Barack Obama in 2008. In his new book “Identity: the demand […]
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Austria environmental policies

Still Green & Clean?

Austria’s EU presidency met some important environmental goals. Its environmental policies at home, however, do not always stand the test. On July 1, 2018, Austria assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) for the third time, with environmental policies figuring high on the agenda. Before the start of the presidency, Elisabeth […]
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Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation

Behind Closed Doors

How an international NGO in Vienna provides a safe space for diplomacy on nuclear issues. “Diplomacy,” said Winston Churchill, “is the art of telling plain truths without giving offense.” Britain’s wartime prime minister understood better than most how diplomats frequently needed to avoid straight talk in order to maintain good relations. This is especially true […]
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Political Map

Fewer Migrants, More Challenges

From welcoming refugees to protecting borders, the question of how to best deal with migration is vexing Europe. The dramatic pictures that splashed across tablets and TV screens will linger long in the memories of Europeans: Hundreds, even thousands, of refugees, some families with small children, huddled in the overcrowded Budapest Keleti pu railway station […]
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Agency

Keeping Watch of Fundamental Rights

How an EU agency in Vienna urges us all to be vigilant As citizens of the European Union, we often take our rights for granted. For us, it has become the norm to live in a country that respects democracy, liberty and the rule of law, that guards human rights and fundamental freedoms as laid […]
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Joint Rescue Mission for the Iran Nuclear Deal in Vienna

Security was tight in Vienna on Wednesday for the official visit of the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani. A wide area around the Hofburg palace in Vienna’s 1st District was cordoned off, and helicopters could be heard circling in the blue and sunny sky. As is common practice with state guests, Austrian President Alexander Van der […]
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Nuclear Vienna: “Atoms for Peace” in the Age of Trump

Why the city is so crucial for global nuclear safety On December 8, 1953, US President Dwight D. Eisenhower stood before the UN General Assembly to plead for peaceful uses for atomic energy. “My country’s purpose is to help us to move out of the dark chamber of horrors into the light,” he said, “to […]
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