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The Newest Food and Drink Spots in Vienna This Spring

The pandemic has wreaked havoc on Vienna’s eateries, but there are still lots of ways to indulge yourself: Some restau- rants have managed to adapt to the age of corona, offering groceries, wine and other delicacies to go, as food mar- kets and delicatessens are exempt from lockdown. Here are some of our favorites!

Maximizing Transparency in Crypto Companies

The 5th Anti-Money Laundering Directive seeks to curb terrorist financing and money laundering by forcing companies in the so-called “crypto sector” out in the open.

Ivan Krastev – Stretched Between Two Worlds

When national governments closed borders and asked people to stay put at the beginning of 2020, Ivan Krastev and his family decided to go back to Bulgaria.

Arnold Suppan on the Treaties of Saint-Germain & Trianon

Settled behind closed doors a century ago, these devastating treaties were greeted with celebratory gunfire across France, leaving Central Europe in tatters and echoes of disharmony across the continent.

Bulgarian Cuisine ― 3 Must-Try Recipes

They say geography is destiny – the defining coastlines of cultures and languages. But when you get right down to it, what really matters is the food!

Meet Bojidar Kassabov, a Robotic Surgeon in Vienna

For Bojidar Kassabov, everything began in October 1999. An agreement between Austrian and Bulgarian universities gave him the chance to study medicine in Vienna.

Meet Susanne Reindl-Krauskopf, a Criminal Law Professor in Vienna

“Corruption will never be 100% eradicated. But it’s important to set parameters and structures that show people that in the end, corruption doesn’t pay.”

How the OPEC Fund Helps Where the World Needs It Most

The OPEC Fund for International Development (the OPEC Fund) finances development projects in low- and middle-income countries and is currently expanding its team in Vienna.

How the Pandemic Stalled Scientific Research

Work on coronavirus has highjacked science, disrupting projects and schedules, particularly for women. Some see a chance to turn the crisis into opportunities for breakthrough thinking

“The Hungary Model” – Illiberal Tactics for Weakening Independent Media

Press freedom in Central Europe is under renewed threat. Yet there are no systematic arrests of journalists as in Belarus or Turkey, less of the blatant acts of censorship common in Russia and few of the gruesome killings of reporters that are common in autocratic countries around the world. Instead, they are now following the Hungary model.

Kurt Bayer’s Top 5 Austrian Corruption Scandals

From the Finance Ministry to the World Bank and Transparency International, Economist Kurt Bayer sniffs out all kinds of corruption. Although sometimes, it just presents itself.

7 Ways to Celebrate International Women’s Day

A chance to celebrate past achievements and promote gender equality, this year’s International Women’s day will mostly take place online – but with the third-largest gender pay gap in the EU, Austria has little to celebrate.

Mayday, Mayday! Austrian Democracy in Danger!

As criticism and corruption allegations pile up against his administration, the biggest cause for concern is Sebastian Kurz’s deliberate attempts to undermine the nation’s checks and balances.

EU to Issue COVID-19 Vaccine Passport Amid Sluggish Rollout

The European Commission is working on a digital certificate that will enable free travel. Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is an advocate, despite Austria’s slow inoculation rate.

The Biggest Austrian Corruption Scandals in History

Austria is no more corrupt than other European countries – although possibly more colorful. But the consequences for wrongdoers are often laughably mild. This may be changing.

No More Hiding – Austria Set to Disclose State Information

If the measure passes, the Republic will dismantle its nearly 100-year-old Official Secrecy Laws – the last EU country to do so – and launch new measures increasing public insight into state operations.

Watch What You Say! Where Austrians & Germans Differ

Germany and Austria share many of the same values, and much culture and history. Yet, in spite (or possibly because) of that, the little brother staunchly holds on to a distinct cultural identity – most notably in language, which can sometimes make communication difficult.

Closed Borders Can’t Stop Love

On March 16, 2020, European politicians closed internal EU borders to stop the spread of the coronavirus. It was more than a formality: this massive restriction on interpersonal relationships did not go over easily.

Your Rights as a Guest

“Keine Haftung für Garderobe” – “No liability for wardrobe.” This sentence is everywhere if you are out on the town. But is it actually possible to evade liability for lost or damaged items belonging to a guest?

Where to Buy German ‘Mett’ in Vienna

When I make the case for 'Mett' to my Austrian friends, I’m usually met with raised eyebrows and disgruntled faces. While they seem to question my mental health, I promise 'Mett' is worth a try. Thus, I ventured fourth on a quest for 'Mett' in Vienna.

A Hopeful Europe Gives Biden a Standing Ovation

Europeans are delighted by Donald Trump’s departure but the road ahead is bumpy. Can the Paris Accord reduce global warming? Can the Iran Nuclear Deal be resuscitated? Can NATO’s rudder be steadied? Europe hopes so. Biden does too.

Vienna’s Floral Extravaganza – a Selection of Fine Florists and Plant Shops

While spring is still only a yearning, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner. And in Vienna florists and plant shops in every neighborhood are ready to help you “Say it with flowers”!

Franziskanerviertel | Historic Downtown Treasures

The streets have stayed essentially untouched since the Middle Ages – narrow and winding with many a hidden courtyard branching off in unexpected places.

Klubrádió | Hungary Moves to Silence Last Major Critical Radio Broadcaster

Klubrádió faces being wiped off the airwaves in a matter of weeks, following a decision of Hungary’s media regulator, which was appointed by the ruling Fidesz party.

Arbitrary Authorities & Police Violence – A Fearsome Deportation

In the night of January 27-28, two girls born in Austria were deported with their mother to Georgia. To the surprise of the authorities, dozens of demonstrators turned up, including some prominent faces. An eyewitness report.

How Vienna’s Secessionists Left Their Mark on the Coffeehouse

Between 1890 and 1920, Vienna was a world leader in design. An unlikely mix of imperial decree and cultural revolution drove the Wiener Ästhetik and left its mark on the city even today.

BioNTech: Stop Talking About Their ‘Migration Background’

What at first sounds like a compliment, in fact, builds a mental frame separating immigrants from everybody else, when such backgrounds have become a self-evident part of our lives.

4 Serbian Idioms Taken Literally

A “boy throwing an eye on a girl,” or someone “cutting his ears to patch his ass” these are very common expressions in Serbian. In these illustrations, you can see the literal meaning of some of the most popular phrases in Serbian.

6 Serbian Dishes you Must-Try in Vienna

Appetizers Duvan čvarci (tobacco pork cracklings) Typical Serbian Dish from the West, these pork cracklings are special for two reasons: They cont...

Austria Deports Children by Night, Triggering Outrage and Protests

Over the last few days, Austria’s immigration authorities have deported children from Lower Austria and Vienna to Armenia and Georgia. Most of them have spent the majority of their lives in Austria or were born here.

Austrian Insiders Arrested for Aiding Flight of Wirecard COO

Vienna police have taken a former FPÖ MP and BVT-security head in custody for assisting the escape of Jan Marsalek, mastermind of one of Europe’s greatest postwar financial scandals.

Novi Sad, a Serbian City Shaped By the Habsburgs

Home to 23 national minorities, 4 official languages and three religions, this ancient Habsburg city on the Danube is the 2021 European Capital of Culture.

Bailing Out of London

Fleeing from the UK coronavirus mutation, journalist Daniel Harper documents his odyssey bussing with the Bulgarians back to Vienna. Fortuitous, yes, but the "scenic route" this was not.

5 Movies and Series to Stream in Austria This Spring

Thanks to successive lockdowns and closed cinemas, streaming has become an even bigger part of our pandemic lives, and while many productions grinded to a halt last year, this spring’s lineup features an iconic superhero indulging in ’80s nostalgia, a Victorian sci-fi extravaganza, a comedy icon revisiting one of his most beloved characters, an animated Bollywood melodrama and a madcap Spanish road saga.

The Serbians Making Vienna’s Music Scene

From the Vienna Boys Choir to the University of Music and Performing Arts, Serbian musicians bring a unique soulfulness to the Austrian musical tradition.

Let Them Ski!

While reports of Austrians defying social distance rules on alpine slopes make international headlines, local ski lift operators are recording massive losses and rolling back services.