Blackout
What would happen if the power failed across Europe? Last week, the Austrian government ran a three-day trial to find out – and they have some pointers for the rest of us Imagine a black-out that goes on for days. How long until you would run out of food? Until your phone dies? Do you […]
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Sebastian Kurz, European Union
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s populist swipes at Brussels in the run-up to the EU election reap opposition scorn, but maybe a few votes, too Part of Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s (ÖVP) much-touted political genius is his ability to appear statesman-like next to his former coalition partners in the Freedom Party (FPÖ), while simultaneously mimicking their policy positions […]
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Odin Wiesinger, controversial right wing artist
The FPÖ 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 FPÖ seat […]
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Barbara Kolm
A donation scandal involving EU-election campaign financing leads to a complaint by Social Democrats against Barbara Kolm Barbara Kolm (FPÖ), vice president of the Austrian National Bank (OeNB), has been accused by the Social Democrats (SPÖ) of making illegal campaign contributions to the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformers (ACRE) in 2018. ACRE, a conservative European […]
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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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Viktor Orban, EU elections, controversy
The Hungarian Prime Minister wants to build a European right-wing alliance. Austria’s Vice-Chancellor H.C. Strache is one of his strongest supporters, ruffling feathers at home. Hungary’s prime minister Viktor Orbán continues to cause controversy in the run-up to the continent-wide European elections on May 23-26, and a headache for the governing coalition, which is increasingly […]
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Facebook, Jan Böhmermann
Interviewed on ORF’s ‘Kulturmontag’, Jan Böhmermann’s harsh criticism of Austrian officials went down badly, drawing an ORF disclaimer and a citizen lawsuit. With an exhibition opening in Graz, German comedian Jan Böhmermann was a natural choice for ORF host Christian Konrad’s  ‘Kulturmontag’. So was the topic: A send up of Austria’s domestic politics through the […]
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Lippizaner, horses, Unseco World Heritage
Forgetting their differences, Austria and Slovenia join forces to seek UNESCO recognition of the Lipizzaner as an “immaterial world cultural heritage.” Additional reporting by Dardis McNamee Austria and Slovenia have decided to join forces rather than fight over recognition of the Lipizzaner stud farms as UNESCO “immaterial world cultural heritage.” At a press conference in […]
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HTL Ottakgring, School Spitting
Student aggression provokes a teacher beyond control. A short video shows the encounter that leads to disciplinary measures and a government response. By Veronika Hribernik A teacher and a student are screaming at each other – a “heated discussion” about the final grades, according to the principal of a Viennese trade school, HTL Ottakring. Suddenly […]
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