Summer 2019

High Stakes – Austria Goes All-In on its Gambling Industry

role-players at Comic Con in Vienna
A growing number of conventions and groups prove that dressing up doesn’t have to end when you grow up. It’s undeniable: Nerd culture has moved into the mainstream. The gaming industry is bigger than Hollywood, Korean pop music is a global phenomenon, and the world’s richest man is a computer scientist who started an online […]
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At the Wien Museum, the US-educated Austrian scholar wants to use the incidents of history to question the way we live now. In Vienna, museums are everywhere: At last year’s Lange Nacht der Museen, over 700 took part, from the KHM, the Leopold or the Belvedere to the more off-beat dedicated to theater, toys or magic, […]
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charms of the Ferris wheel and park
A whistle blares unmistakably through the bushes and shrubs. The little train is ready to depart. “Einsteigen bitte!” (All aboard!) says an automated voice. The green passenger car with yellow wheels and the No. 5 printed on the side shudders into action. The Böhmischer Prater (Bohemian ­Pra­ter) on Laaer Berg in Vienna’s 10th district is […]
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tourist shot of Salzburg
Born out of the ashes of the Great War, the Salzburg Festspiele carries on Max Reinhardt’s dream of a Europe united through culture. Where other nations lionize inventors, generals or captains of industry, Austrians worship at the altar of high art. Opera singers are as famous as footballers and premieres at the Burgtheater are front-page news. […]
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brexit
Among the independent, export-based economies of the region, no one comes out a winner of Brexit.
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monika racek CASINO
At a gaming café outside Vienna, Monika Racek, the CEO of the Admiral Casinos and Entertainment AG talks addiction, legislation and why old ladies play the slots. Monika Racek has always liked working with people. Before she got into gaming, Racek was a lawyer at Vienna’s administrative court dealing with asylum law. This was back […]
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dancing lessons at studio
Ever since its inception, Impulstanz has grown in reach and output while welcoming all ages, all levels, all bodies.  The expansive world of contemporary dance has its share of preconceptions to deal with: Many people feel apprehensive about joining in, fearful of public embarrassment, or discouraged by confounding, abstract terms. But Impulstanz, the largest festival […]
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karl schlag at his desk
Economics Professor, University of Vienna In an unpredictable world, you need strategies that do not rely on being able to predict others. In this way, different people with different objectives can live together better.” Karl Schlag is not a big fan of games. “Games are kind of boring to me,” admitted the American-born German, 56. […]
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