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Tuesday, December 11, 2018

December/January 2018/2019

Being Austrian

Particularly during the holidays, it’s impossible to avoid the hustle and bustle of the 1st district – from Schottentor to Stubentor, you’re bombarded by sights, sounds and noises. Yet, nestled between the busy Graben and the majestic Hofburg the quiet streets of the Dorotheerviertel beckon, their subtle charm offering nearly as much as flashier areas. Despite the posh environs,...
Bosnia and Herzegovina was severely tested in the 20th century and is still finding its way back to prosperity and internal stability. There has never been an army or a political movement that wanted to create Bosnia ,” writes novelist Dževad Karahasan, “but Bosnia created a culture.” Too often the country has been a pawn in the hands of the powerful:...
The world has watched the US midterm elections spellbound. But for Europe, even the Democratic victory in the house of representative might not bring any relief The importance of American elections is always far beyond the national level. The whole world pays attention, watches, debates and vicariously participates in the unfolding political drama. This is hardly surprising: Everybody is aware...
How an international NGO in Vienna provides a safe space for diplomacy on nuclear issues. “Diplomacy,” said Winston Churchill, “is the art of telling plain truths without giving offense.” Britain’s wartime prime minister understood better than most how diplomats frequently needed to avoid straight talk in order to maintain good relations. This is especially true when diplomacy and dialogue are...
Bosnians are still coming to terms with their wounds of war from a generation ago. But incredibly, they are now coming together to fight injustice. In March 2018, David Dragičević, a 21-year-old Bosnian Serb from Banja Luka, was found dead after being missing for six days. The police suspected suicide under the influence of drugs linking him to a burglary...
Start with eating, end with drinking – and take in the Gemütlichkeit on the way Coming from a chaotic, colorful and noisy part of Italy, a little town close to Rome, makes Vienna feel like a serene and noble lady. Some Viennese seem to embrace melancholy, long for the “good old days” when musing about death was seen as time...
I often spoke to my friends about our wartime memories. I felt that it was something people had an urge to talk about. I can picture him. Sitting in the room staring at the keyboard. Recalling wartime memories. I can picture him trying to figure out if those are actual memories or if he has recreated in his mind stories...
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