Vienna City logo
Stadt Wien recently spent nearly €600,000 on a new logo design. The opposition denounced it as a scandalous waste of public money, the administration defended it as necessary and cost efficient We all have a cupboard-of-horrors – that storage space with all the stuff no one needs but can’t bring themselves to throw away.  Large […]
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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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Albertina, director, Schröder
In spite of controversy, the popular museum’s long time director has been reappointed for another five years. In office since 1999 Klaus Albrecht Schröder was reappointed (Mar 30) by Minister of Culture Gernot Blümel (ÖVP), after his successful hearing before the selection committee of leading figures in the arts scene. The committee – including Jürgen […]
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European Union, EPP, European People's Party
Viktor Orban’s Fidesz suspended from the Europe’s Center-right European People’s Party, amid doubts about Austria’s interior minister, Herbert Kickl. The European People’s Party (EPP) suspended Hungary’s ruling Fidesz following a nearly unanimous vote of coalition MEPs on March 20. Viktor Orban’s party will no longer have membership rights to vote, speak or propose candidates for […]
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Sebastian Kurz, Strache
Vorarlberg’s ÖVP joins Vienna’s Red/Green coalition in resisting the government’s controversial policy As debate continues over the government’s proposed hourly wage of €1,50 for asylum seekers, cities and towns in the western province of Vorarlberg have refused to comply. “It’s  a mockery. We won’t implement it,” said Harald Köhlmeier (ÖVP) president of the Vorarlberg Association […]
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Vaccination
A wave of cases in Austria puts the spotlight on anti-vaxxers, the health care system and society’s short memory Austria has been facing a spike in measles with 76 cases since the beginning of 2019, which is almost as many as in all of 2018. In April, the Klagenfurt public bus system was briefly shut […]
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The opening of a new sporting goods store on the Mariahilferstrasse reveals the cultural rift over firearms in Austria A minor kerfuffle ensued last week when customers at a new sports store at Gerngross shopping plaza on the Mariahilferstrasse sp...
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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Max Zirngast
Additional Research by Julia Seidl  Seven months after his arrest, Austrian reporter Max Zirngast remains in limbo following the cancellation of his April trial date. Accused of membership in a left-wing terrorist organization, Austrian journalist and political science student Max Zirngast has been denied permission to leave Turkey, where he has been confined since his […]
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