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Friday, February 23, 2018

February 2018

Democracy: The Austrian Way

In Austria, you can vote at 16 and don’t need to register. For some elections, EU citizens can vote too. In democracies, a citizen’s right to vote is the way to participate in the democratic process. In Austria, universal suffrage for men was introduced in 1907 and the country was one of the first in Europe to introduce women’s suffrage in 1918.The right to...
Erwin Gegenbauer preaches the beauty of simplicity.By Bart de Vries“Reduction is my credo,” says Erwin Gegenbauer, “luxury is simplicity and contentment.” An artisanal vinegar maker renowned the world over for his delicate flavors, it’s a topic dear to him.When the family business he inherited, a large-scale producer of pickled vegetables, became irreconcilable with his desire for quality and sustainability,...
iconic car designs
Some things never go out of style. These carmakers are getting great mileage out of banking on these classic designs.Volkswagen Chances are the Volkswagen bus is imprinted into your pop-cultural memory already: It was the vehicle of choice for hippies during the 1960s and 70s. Fun fact: Volkswagen management wasn’t too happy about their counterculture customer base back then and feared a loss of image, but...
loval finds february
This February, we have some treats to warm you from the inside and outside – bath suds, hearty booze and a home away from home. Beer Lovers Right on Gumpendorferstrasse, this haven of suds stocks 1,500 specialty craft beers from over 100 breweries, an incredible selection of pales, ales, barrel-aged lagers and anything else your heart desires, including homebrew kits for the DIY crowd. Even better,...
Everyone’s talking about blockchain – that mysterious new technology inherently linked to cryptocurrencies. The more it seeps into the public debate, the more we focus on its implications for society in general.We’ve seen that digitalization empowers the crowd, the power of the crowd lies in participation and participation is a fundamental pillar of democracy. But to participate, we need transparency, otherwise how would we know...
digital revolution
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empire republic austria
For the 100th anniversary of the demise of the Habsburg Empire and the forming of new states and territories in its place, we are embarking on a year-long reporting project.In autumn 1918, after four years of a grinding, devastating war, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved. What had once been one of the great powers of Europe was taken apart...