Summer 2019

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

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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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.
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tanja reither profile on gendered gaming
“Girls are under ten times more pressure than guys. Sometimes I feel like we’re just reduced to our looks and not really seen for our gaming skills.” Tanja Reither’s mother used to worry about her. A divorced parent of a millennial, she couldn’t understand why her daughter was spending hours in front of the computer. Tanja even had to […]
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eu parliament
Amid foreign efforts to undermine Western democracy, decisive questions increasingly can only be addressed in Brussels. So here we are, at press time, with Austria’s governing coalition deservedly in tatters. After the release of a fatally compromising video – documenting efforts to broker government contracts for illegal campaign contributions from wealthy Russians – the far-right vice […]
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table at a casino
More revenues, more products and more gambling addicts. With the state reaping both taxes and profits, laws mostly protect operators, not consumers. 
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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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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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A symbol for peace that needs to work on its visibility. More support from the Austrian government would also be a help.
exterior KS
This summer, Kleinod Stadtgarten could be the ideal place to see and be seen.
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