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Saving the Lake – Will Ecology and Wind Power Destroy a Habit?

The Neusiedlersee is Austria's largest lake, just 45 minutes from the city. It is a paradise for birds and sailors, cyclists and wine growers, as long as there is water in it. That may change.

Walking ‘Before Sunrise’ – Celebrating 25 Years of Vienna’s Iconic Film

Shot in just 25 days in the summer of 1994, Richard Linklater’ s disarming look at flirtation, friendship and conversation opened the 1995 Sundance Film Festival, leading to two sequels and a creative partnership.

Musical Chairs for UK-EU Expats – Grab a Seat Before the Music Stops

As the Brexit negotiations drag on, there is still no final clarity on the future of British citizens living in Europe. It is likely to be reciprocal – whatever that means. With Boris, who knows?

Researchers at the Vienna BioCenter Have Developed Easy at-Home COVID-19 Testing; Next Comes Peer Re...

Using a few plastic tubes and paper strips, it is now possible to test for coronavirus yourself, all in under an hour. VBC scientists have developed fast, sensitive and robust testing for SARS-CoV-2 from your kitchen. The team hopes to be part of a national testing strategy.

One Woman Army | Tanner’s Mission Impossible

Klaudia Tanner is fighting a losing battle to maintain a credible military on a shrinking budget. She has some good ideas, but her communications have met a disastrous defeat.

Asylum Seekers’ Path of Entry Eased. Perhaps.

Justice Minister Alma Zadić has guaranteed independent legal support for asylum seekers. This has allayed well grounded fears of political pressuring. For now.

Vienna’s Ultimate Swimming Pool Guide

It will be a summer like no other. This year due to Corona, many Viennese will opt to spend a good part of their holiday in the city. Lucky for us, there are few better places for relaxing in the shade and swimming in pools or rivers than Vienna.

Taste of India | Keep Calm and Curry On

Nestled in the 3rd district, The Taste of India’s second location serves authentic North Indian cuisine in a cozy atmosphere, balancing food and feeling.

Grey Wolves Howl in Favoriten

Turkish political violence has spilled over on to the streets of Vienna: The hard right Grey Wolves confront an alliance of Kurdish and left wing protesters in the 10th District.

The Coronavirus in Austria & Vienna | What Happened in June

With summer approaching, new challenges await Austria in dealing with the coronavirus.Here’s all you need to know about current measures and developments, including trusted sources and tips – regularly updated.

The Black Voices of Vienna

Two weeks ago, 50,000 marched in Vienna for #blacklivesmatter, justice and equality. These Viennese Black thought leaders have been trailblazers long before, with their voices, careers and advocacy.

Feds to the City: “We Only Want to Help.” Right.

The Corona crisis granted a political ceasefire. As the emergency recedes, partisan sniping is back on the agenda, but this time, with C-19 serving as ammunition.

Measuring Corona Happiness | Money Isn’t Everything – But It Helps

Viennese waiters are legendary for their grumpiness, but studies show Austrians to be among the world’s happiest people. Can anyone believe the numbers?

Christo in Vienna

A chance encounter with Christo and Jeanne Claude, the artists who once planned to wrap up one of Vienna’s Flakturm in a giant gauze.

Austria to Open Borders to All Neighbors – Except Italy

Starting on June 4, Austria will open the borders to Germany, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Slovakia, Slovenia, Czechia and Hungary. Travelers from these countries won’t need to go into quarantine or present a negative COVID-19 test result.

The End of the City Bikes?

The all-purpose workhorses of the inner city are the last remaining rental bikes in public spaces. But they could disappear soon, says sponsor Gewista. The reason is a dispute over financing.

The Coronavirus in Austria & Vienna | What Happened in May

Austria has successfully flattened the curve, for now. Here’s all you need to know about current measures, including available resources, trusted sources and tips – regularly updated.

Ending the Pandemic with Mass Testing

Austria under lockdown has done well controlling the spread of COVID -19. But the only way to return to normal is to track the cases and be able to control further spread.

Solar Roofs for All New Buildings in Vienna & a Turbocharged Climate Budget

A new city planning law stipulates that all new residential buildings in Vienna have to be built with solar collectors on the roof. Meanwhile, the federal government almost doubled funds for climate initiatives.

7 Restaurants to Have Iftar This Ramadan

Today marks the beginning of Eid al-Fitr or Festival of Breaking the Fast, concluding a month of fasting for Muslims keeping the Ramadan. We’ve compiled a list of sweet spots in the city for you to celebrate the Sugar Feast.

After Ibiza | Older, But None the Wiser

A year ago the infamous video was released: it showed the then Vice-Chancellor H-C Strache promising lucrative state contracts for other favors. What was at first a political embarrassment has now sparked a broader corruption investigation.

Top 5 Viennese Musicians in Quarantine

Many performers have taken to the internet where they teach, play and release fresh content, keeping our spirits alive during the crisis. Here are some of Metropole’s favorites!

Special Chairman Scholarships for Talented Musicians | AMADEUS International School Gives Back

AMADEUS International School Vienna would like to give something back to the world in this crazy situation, and is now offering two full scholarships to highly talented musicians and strong academics who are entering Grade 10 or 11.

(Red) Cross Purposes

The strength of the legendary aid organization is its iron clad neutrality. In the overlapping alliances of Austrian party politics, this is looking badly compromised.

Four in a Jeep – Again

Chancellor Kurz invited the four Allies to mark the victory over Nazi Germany 75 years ago with a video greeting to Austria. They all did, after their own fashion.

Thomas Piketty and the Post-Plague World

The growing gulf between rich and poor has unleashed fierce debate since the French economist published “Capital and Ideology” in 2019. The economic meltdown from the Corvid-19 crisis gives the debate a bitter new immediacy.

President Van der Bellen Addresses the Nation for a Third Time

“I don't think it's possible for us to see yet what significance this crisis will have for our society. Just as it is impossible for a drop of water to understand the course of a river.”

The EU Turns on the Tap | But Will It Be Enough?

Sweeping away economic orthodoxy, the European Union is releasing €1,300 billion – 10% of GDP – into the economy; now, says Austrian economist Kurt Bayer, it needs to start relieving debt. Fast.

Emergency Power Binge | Will Kurz Be Able to Kick the Habit?

The Corona crisis justified a package of extraordinary measures that limit basic freedoms. Watchdogs are worried that the government may be reluctant to give up these powers as the pandemic recedes.

Op-Ed | Global Health Security – A Call for Taiwan’s Inclusion

Taiwan, a country of 23 million people located in East Asia, registered no more than 428 cases of coronavirus. Yet the WHO keeps ignoring the island’s experience due to pressure from China. Now, Taiwan’s health minister speaks to the world.

A Call for Home-Sewn Masks

If you have a sewing machine, some time on your hands, and a stash of fabric, why not sew face masks and donate them where they are urgently needed.

“Inländer raus!” – Austrians Stay Away!

In picturesque towns of the Salzkammergut, mayors hoped to limit spread of the Coronavirus by discouraging city visitors. Instead, they sounded peevish and small-minded.

The Ukrainian Stand-Off | Inaction Enforced at the Point of a Gun

Vienna based OSCE is charged with monitoring the ongoing conflict between government troops and Russian-backed separatist militias in the Eastern Ukraine: Coronavirus does not make the task easier.

Doomsday Music | 11 Dystopic Songs About the End of the World

Earthquake, disease or environmental disaster. Even before the crisis, these artists were already thinking about what the proverbial Last Days of Mankind might look like.

The ORF Goes Multilingual – a Little Bit

Austria’s public broadcaster now offers current news snippets in multiple languages. The short videos published every other day on Instagram cover coronavirus news in 9 languages.

Ischgl | Greed and Consequences

Delays and denials by Tyrolean officials and the tourism industry have provoked a class action suit, and untold damage to the reputation of the legendary ski resort.