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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.

WKÖ and ÖGB Condemn “Easter Lockdown”

In a rare show of unity, the Austrian Economic Chambers and Trade Union Federation call the latest anti-COVID measures “not feasible” in a joint statement.

In Memoriam – American Tenor Hannibal Means

Larger than life on Vienna stages, he was equally master of opera and jazz: “Walking is for losers,” he would say. “I’m gonna fly.”

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.

EU to Issue COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Amid Sluggish Rollout

The European Commission is working on a digital certificate that will enable free travel. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is an advocate, despite Austria’s slow inoculation rate.

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.

Survey – A Discouraged Public Gives Coalition Poor Marks

A year after the start of the pandemic, trust in the government has plummeted to new lows, as frustrations mount amid evidence of a new ÖVP scandal.

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.

Klubrádió | Hungary Moves to Silence Last Major Critical Radio Broadcaster

Klubrádió faces being wiped off the airwaves in a matter of weeks, following a decision of Hungary’s media regulator, which was appointed by the ruling Fidesz party.

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.

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.

UK Citizens in Austria – What to Expect After December 31

With negotiations still on-going between the UK and EU a fortnight before the Brexit deadline, there is still confusion among many Britons living abroad.

Overwhelming Uncertainty – Mental Health Issues on the Rise Under COVID-19

With the start of the pandemic, the Donau University in Krems began researching the impacts of the crisis on the moods and well-being of Austrians, with one in five affected.

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.

Church and State – No Prayers Please, We’re Austrian

An invitation to a prayer breakfast in the Parlament managed to offend almost everyone, Christians and secularists alike. It also raised the specter of a far darker time.

Protected: Happy Birthday, Ludwig van Beethoven!

This year we celebrate Ludwig van Beethoven’s 250th birthday. This brand-new video series takes you on a musical pilgrimage through Beethoven’s Vienna.

Grasser Found Guilty in a Tale of Insider Bidding and Bags of Cash

The Austrian Republic's longest corruption trial ended sensationally. If it has ended. Ex Finance Minister Karl-Heinz Grasser and close friends have been found guilty and sentenced to prison.

Nikolo & Krampus – the Tradition Lives in Austrian Families

On December 6th, Austrian children are traditionally visited by St. Nicholas, who brings presents and words of kindness. What lies behind this custom?

The Path to Ending Our Global Chaos Is Through the UN

A century after the founding of the League of Nations, international cooperation is still the answer to our “descent into cynicism, chaos and crisis”—in the UN Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Fucking, Austria, Wants Now to Be Called Fugging

The Upper Austrian village has had people steal their name sign and Pornhub giving them premium access due to its peculiar name. Now, the city council voted to change it once and for all.

How Austria Plans to Roll Out the CoV Vaccine

The first people in Austria may get vaccinated against the coronavirus already at the beginning of 2021. Until then, the logistics and timetable have to be worked out

“Social, Brave, Humane, Sustainable” – Red-Pink Make Its Debut in Vienna

Following three weeks of intense negotiations, the Vienna’s SPÖ and NEOS have presented a 212-page coalition program for their administration. Here are the most important takeaways.

Alice Urbach’s Stolen Cookbook

The bestseller by a society caterer and celebrity chef in interwar Vienna was aryanized, her name erased from history. Now, a century later, her granddaughter reveals her story.

Front-Line Reports From Austrian Hospitals

Corinna Milborn, managing editor for news and moderator at Austrian TV channel Puls 24, has asked doctors, nurses and caregivers at Austrian hospitals to report what they are experiencing every day.

The Ugly Truth Behind Vienna’s Terrorist Attack – Blind Bureaucracy and Clumsy Management

Investigations surrounding the Jihadist attack in Vienna’s inner city have revealed hiccups in the Austrian secret service and shed new light on the country’s large extremist scene.

METROPOLE Wins the Jean Monnet Prize 2020

Our ongoing project “Home Is Where the Herz Is” was awarded the 2020 Jean Monnet Prize for European Integration for “celebrating diversity” and “giving a voice to Vienna’s immigrant communities.”

Muslim Community Condemns Church Break-Ins

Attacks by young Islamists at Antonskirche and Stephansdom prompted strong rebuke from the IGGÖ: “We condemn these attacks in the strongest possible terms.”

In Vienna, Demand for Virus Testing Spurs Innovation

After a rocky start and complaints about long waiting times, the City Council had to completely overhaul its initial program. Since then great strides have been made towards more accessible testing all around town, by bus, tram or bicycle.

“Long live freedom! Long live our common, peaceful Europe!”

After the tragic events of November 2, Austria’s President Alexander Van der Bellen held a speech addressed to all people living in Austria. We translated it for our readers.

Jihadist Terror Attack in Vienna’s First District

On Monday evening, at least one ISIS “sympathizer” attacked diners sitting outside in the inner city. Four civilians and one gunman were killed, and 22 others injured, some severely. Police are still looking for possible accomplices. This is a developing story.

Multilingualism: Treasure or Burden? Probably Both.

Conflict over remedial German classes in schools continues, as politicians, experts and teachers debate how best to support children with poor language skills.

Is Doomsday Coming Closer?

The New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty is the only remaining international agreement that limits the atomic arsenals of the U.S. and Russia – and it will expire in February 2021.

“Austria can manage this. Together.”

On Austria’s National Day, October 26, 2020, Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen addressed Austrians and “all people living in our country” with a calm plea for reasons, fortitude and unity.

Planting Seeds of Home

Project Home re-thinks the traditional definition of home as a concept shaped by our experiences, rather than a physical place.

The Ischgl Report – Misjudgment, Misconduct and Misinformation

An independent review of the outbreak response to one of Europe’s first COVID-19 clusters blames federal and state officials for their slow reactions and poor communication.

Enforcement of Mask Rules by U-Bahn Security Triggers Accusations of Racism

A routine intervention by Wiener Linien staff escalated into alleged use of excessive force; feelings run high while body-cam evidence may prove critical.

Hold the Line

With cases skyrocketing again in Europe, it is time to remember the advice a public health expert gave us in April: The virus is unforgiving to unwise choices.

Facing the Closed-Door Topic of Migrants and Sexual Assault

While most crime is down, alarming increases in violence against women, often by recent migrants, increases the pressure on efforts to support successful integration.

Black Voices – ‘Writing History’ in Austria

Following the popular Black Lives Matter protest in Vienna, young activists launched a Citizens’ Initiative demanding a national action plan against racism.

Meet Mary Larunsi, an Austrian Fashion Model With Nigerian Roots

“What you see in the pictures is not necessarily the reality. I don’t get flown anywhere in a private jet with a glass of champagne in my hand. In the end, it’s hard work.”