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Things Looking Up in Europe & North America, Concerns About Asia

Every 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.

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.

Austria to Open Up on May 19

Schools will resume in-person instruction on May 17. Starting on May 19, restaurants and hotels can reopen, culture and sports events can take place again – for those who are tested or vaccinated. Here are all the details

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.

“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.

Coronavirus Variants are Here to Stay – What We Need to Know

Strains from the UK, South Africa, and Brazil are worrisome, but there's no need to panic, as long as we follow the general measures to reduce spreading of the virus.

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.

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.

Vienna’s Floral Extravaganza – a Selection of Fine Florists and Plant Shops

While spring is still only a yearning, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And in Vienna florists and plant shops in every neighborhood are ready to help you “Say it with flowers”!

COVID Vaccine Acceptance Growing, Amid Fears and Protest

As inoculation continues, Austrians are increasingly receptive, while in Czechia and our CEE neighbors, high COVID infection rates are often accompanied by skepticism and widespread disinformation.

Arbitrary Authorities & Police Violence – A Fearsome Deportation

In the night of January 27-28, two girls born in Austria were deported with their mother to Georgia. To the surprise of the authorities, dozens of demonstrators turned up, including some prominent faces. An eyewitness report.

BioNTech: Stop Talking About Their ‘Migration Background’

What at first sounds like a compliment, in fact, builds a mental frame separating immigrants from everybody else, when such backgrounds have become a self-evident part of our lives.

Austria Deports Children by Night, Triggering Outrage and Protests

Over the last few days, Austria’s immigration authorities have deported children from Lower Austria and Vienna to Armenia and Georgia. Most of them have spent the majority of their lives in Austria or were born here.

Austrian Insiders Arrested for Aiding Flight of Wirecard COO

Vienna police have taken a former FPÖ MP and BVT-security head in custody for assisting the escape of Jan Marsalek, mastermind of one of Europe’s greatest postwar financial scandals.

Bailing Out of London

Fleeing from the UK coronavirus mutation, journalist Daniel Harper documents his odyssey bussing with the Bulgarians back to Vienna. Fortuitous, yes, but the "scenic route" this was not.

Let Them Ski!

While reports of Austrians defying social distance rules on alpine slopes make international headlines, local ski lift operators are recording massive losses and rolling back services.

Patrick Leigh Fermor’s Vienna

In his youth, the legendary travel writer embarked on a walk from London to Constantinople. Along the way, for three extraordinary weeks in February 1934, he discovered Vienna in the throes of political upheaval, to which it seemed to give a collective shrug.

Listening to Vienna

Trapped in London during the pandemic, a musicologist is reminded of the films and stories, the tastes and sounds, from Schubert to Billy Joel, that embody a unique sense of time and the pleasures of a laid-back life.