"No branding, no standing" say the admen, and this is especially true in showbiz. May 2014 Austria was center stage as winner of the European Song Contest, that annual jamboree of national pride and pan-European kitsch. Whether the winning song was t...
Just nine months after a significant build up of armored personnel carriers, Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen and Defense Chief of Staff General Robert Brieger have announced (Mar 12) a joint call to reinforce military preparedness...
Tens of thousands of school and university students marched through Vienna, March 15, as part of international school strike Fridays for Future, protesting government inaction on climate change. According to the police, the crowd numbered over 10,...
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 syringes in their luggage, charged with illegal blood do...
driver-assistance systems
The death of a nine-year old child hit by a truck on the way to school January 31, has led to public pressure for mandatory electronic driver-assistance systems on heavy vehicles. With 69,100 signatures, a petition by the initiative “Saving Lives ...
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 Samra smiling into the camera in best teenager sel...
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 Erstaufnahmezentrum (Initial Reception Center). At least it...
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, undersubscribed jobs like auto mechanics and roo...
Let’s say my kink is edging and I edge myself for a few days leading up to a date. Is it my responsibility to tell my potential partner? There are a few variables here that are important to note. This is a first/Tinder date, and it’s just a coffee da...
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