According to EU requirements, Austria is bound to attain a share of 34% of renewable energy in its total energy mix by the year 2020. While the state supports the production of biomass energy with tax revenues, some 47 power plants are at risk of shu...
The government announced on Feb 27 that the requirements for the red-white-red card, an Austrian work permit, will be revised. Similar to a U.S. Green Card, the Rot-Weiss-Rot Karte is a major qualifying step for immigrating to Austria, allowing no...
Under pressure from Federal Culture Minister Gernot Blümel, Vienna’s controversial Heumarkt project was suddenly called off late Sunday (Mar 17), delayed for at least two years, pending further discussion and possible redesign. The decision follo...
Restauranteur, nutritionist and TV personality Sarah Wiener formally announced Feb. 15 her candidacy for EU Parliament on the Green Party list, pending approval by the Federal Congress (Bundeskongress) of Austrian EU representatives on March 16. With...
The next few weeks could be crucial for almost 700 job trainees who risk deportation after being denied asylum, reversing a government commitment in July 2018 that “asylum seekers… doing an apprenticeship would be allowed to complete their programs” ...
The European Court of Justice ruled (January 22nd)  that Austria is guilty of discrimination on the grounds of religion, as under the county’s law, Good Friday is the luxury of only four minority churches. Following a complaint made by Private Detect...
Consider the (Extra) Lobster  To weeks ago, a longtime reader challenged me to create a new sexual neologism. (Quickly for the pedants: You’re right! It is redundant to describe a neologism as “new,” since neologisms are by definition new: “ne·ol·...
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...
Austria World's Fifth-Safest Country
Hard on the heels of Vienna’s title as the world’s most livable city, Austria was recently ranked as the fifth-safest country in the world by Global Finance Magazine, trailing just behind Iceland, Switzerland, Finland and Portugal. Austria’s ranki...
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