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Officials Present Corona Regulations for Winter Tourism

The new Corona regulations for the winter season include few restrictions for those who are vaccinated or recovered – but decidedly tight controls for those who are not.

First Ischgl Lawsuit for COVID-19 Damages Filed

More than a year after the Ischgl outbreak the first lawsuit was brought before the civil court last Friday. The widow and son of a 72-year-old jo...

Households Pay More Than Economy for CO2 Emissions in Austria

The conservative People's Party (VP) and the Greens are currently discussing the eco-tax reform, which is aimed at reducing CO2 emissions. A CO2 tax ...

Clumsy Start to the School Year Angers Teachers and Parents

The corona pandemic continues to make itself felt keenly in schools. Problems with corona tests, hard-to-reach healthcare authorities, and poor communication with parents led to a rocky start of the new school year.

Visitor from Space: Kindberg Meteorite Found

A meteorite was found in Styria eight months after a green fireball descended over Austria. One of only eight-such discoveries for the country, the find will be displayed at Vienna’s Natural History Museum.

Kurz Wants to Support Italy in Tightening External European Borders

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) stands by his declared tough line on immigration, while Austria has in fact welcomed more refugees than almost any other European country in the last 10 years. Civil initiatives and the opposition see much room for improvement when it comes to the government’s migration and integration policy.

Effectiveness Over Time & Delta

On Sunday, Metropole brings you a COVID-19 update from Prof. Dr. Florian Krammer, an Austrian virologist who works and teaches at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York City.

Austria Set to Issue Green Bonds in 2022

A new form of investment intended to bankroll sustainable projects and help the country meet its environmental goals, projects are myriad – but international standards remain murky.

What the New Austrian School Year Brings

As students return to school across Austria, new rules aim to keep them safe. Here’s all you need to know about the coronavirus rules and what other innovations await pupils

Afghan Ambassador to Austria: “This will set our country back a century.”

Editor’s note: A few days before Kabul fell to the Taliban, Afghanistan’s ambassador to Austria, Manizha Bakhtari, agreed to an interview with Metropole, answering pre-approved questions in writing, under the condition that none touched upon deportations.

MA 35 Official: “We don’t pick up the phones.”

Vienna’s MA 35 is responsible for immigration and citizenships. Now, an anonymous official has shared an account of how dysfunctional and gridlocked the office has become.

Guide to Vienna’s Beaches and Swimming Pools

It will be a summer like no other. This year due to Corona, many Viennese will opt to spend a good part of their holiday in the city. Lucky for us, there are few better places for relaxing in the shade and swimming in pools or rivers than Vienna.

Danube Limes Now Listed as a World Heritage Site

After almost 20 years of transnational cooperation, the ruins of the ancient Roman frontier fortifications along the Danube are now recognized by UNESCO as sites of particular cultural value.

Austria Introduces a New ID Card

The new Personalausweis will have three different security levels and new features like a QR code, a photo with a tilting effect and a see-through window.

Vienna & Austria Hit With Heavy Rainfall and Flooding

Downpours this past weekend caused floods across the country, leaving Hallein in Salzburg and Kufstein in Tyrol underwater. In the capital, more rain fell in an hour than in the previous seven weeks together.

Vienna Set to Open New Business Immigration Office

A joint project of the City and the Vienna Business Agency, this new service point in the 1st district for qualified professionals moving to Austria is scheduled to open by Fall 2021.

Janez Janša Keeps Eroding Media Freedom in Slovenia as Country Takes Over EU Presidency

The Slovenian government of Prime Minister Janez Janša is overseeing an increasingly systematic effort to undermine critical media, a coalition of press freedom organisations and journalism groups warn today in a new report.

Herbert Kickl Takes Over Austria’s Far-Right FPÖ

Popular among party hardliners, the former interior minister and vocal Kurz critic assumes leadership following the sudden resignation of Norbert Hofer.

New Study Finds Stops by Austrian Police Highest in the EU

Residents of the Alpine Republic reported some of the highest numbers in the European Union, with people of Sub-Saharan African origin reporting twice as frequently.

New High-Speed Rail Train Connection Between the Austrian and German Capitals

From Vienna to Berlin in under five hours – the Via Vindobona is part of Europe’s bid to expand railway lines and reduce short-haul flights within the region.

Capital Offense

When it comes to the supposed inferiority of Austria’s provinces, the Viennese don’t mince words – but being a provincial in the big city also has its advantages.

Fintech at Vienna UP’21: A Tale of Virtual Coins and Unicorns

Austria's fintech sector has recorded exponential growth in the last five years, with new startups seemingly popping up every month. These fresh and innovative companies are rapidly becoming an integral part of the financial system.

Arnold Suppan on the Treaties of Saint-Germain & Trianon

Settled behind closed doors a century ago, these devastating treaties were greeted with celebratory gunfire across France, leaving Central Europe in tatters and echoes of disharmony across the continent.

Biotech and Medtech at Vienna UP’21: Innovation That Saves Lives

Vienna is becoming an international hub for the health and life science industry, which generates €3.4 billion in revenue. At Vienna UP'21, meet the biotech and medtech players whose innovations save lives and transform public health

Creative Industries at Vienna UP’21: Where Art Meets Business

The creative industries are a leverage for the whole economy, making Austria’s creatives a competitive force on a global scale. At the innovation festival, Vienna UP'21, the sector and the people in it are front and center

The Governing ÖVP Further Rocked by ÖBAG Scandal

Recovered chats reveal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and Finance Minister Gernot Blümel’s involvement, previously denied, in the appointment of state holding CEO Thomas Schmid.

WKÖ and ÖGB Condemn “Easter Lockdown”

In a rare show of unity, the Austrian Economic Chambers and Trade Union Federation call the latest anti-COVID measures “not feasible” in a joint statement.

In Memoriam – American Tenor Hannibal Means

Larger than life on Vienna stages, he was equally master of opera and jazz: “Walking is for losers,” he would say. “I’m gonna fly.”

“The Hungary Model” – Illiberal Tactics for Weakening Independent Media

Press freedom in Central Europe is under renewed threat. Yet there are no systematic arrests of journalists as in Belarus or Turkey, less of the blatant acts of censorship common in Russia and few of the gruesome killings of reporters that are common in autocratic countries around the world. Instead, they are now following the Hungary model.

7 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

A chance to celebrate past achievements and promote gender equality, this year’s International Women’s day will mostly take place online – but with the third-largest gender pay gap in the EU, Austria has little to celebrate.

Mayday, Mayday! Austrian Democracy in Danger!

As criticism and corruption allegations pile up against his administration, the biggest cause for concern is Sebastian Kurz’s deliberate attempts to undermine the nation’s checks and balances.

EU to Issue COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Amid Sluggish Rollout

The European Commission is working on a digital certificate that will enable free travel. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is an advocate, despite Austria’s slow inoculation rate.

No More Hiding – Austria Set to Disclose State Information

If the measure passes, the Republic will dismantle its nearly 100-year-old Official Secrecy Laws – the last EU country to do so – and launch new measures increasing public insight into state operations.

Survey – A Discouraged Public Gives Coalition Poor Marks

A year after the start of the pandemic, trust in the government has plummeted to new lows, as frustrations mount amid evidence of a new ÖVP scandal.

Us & Them – Protecting Your Pets in the Pandemic

Animals are not the problem: Although this all began with a bat in a live wet market, coronaviruses rarely jump between species. And if so, it’s mostly from us to them.

Bavarian Borders, Tyrolean Tantrums

Concerns over virus mutations have led Germany to close its frontier to Tyrol, setting off traffic jams on the streets and brawls among top officials. Even Brussels has chimed in.

A Hopeful Europe Gives Biden a Standing Ovation

Europeans are delighted by Donald Trump’s departure but the road ahead is bumpy. Can the Paris Accord reduce global warming? Can the Iran Nuclear Deal be resuscitated? Can NATO’s rudder be steadied? Europe hopes so. Biden does too.
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