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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Lifetimes of understandable resentment can boil over into presumptions of guilt. This is dangerous. And when important public careers are ruined, everybody loses As former Green Party defense spokesman Peter Pilz returns to Parliament this month, it’s a good time to reflect on the short and intense history of the #MeToo campaign – from a website launched in Harlem a...
Univ.-Prof. Dr. Markus Müller
Rector of the Medical University of Vienna (MedUni Wien)   Prof. Markus Müller’s children often ask him, “Daddy, what exactly does a ‘rector’ do?” For him, running a university whose students are active medical residents at Europe’s largest hospital, it’s not such a simple answer. As a child, Müller was also inquisitive. In high school, he met Nobel laureate Max Perutz, who...
Thomas Brezina
We talked to four guardians of our collective consciousness in the world of photography, hospitality, urban history and children’s books “In the world around us, there's more and more uncertainty. This is when a kind of nostalgia kicks in and people want to return to the safety and comfort of their favorite childhood shows and books.” If you’re an English speaker, you might...
expats voting austria sunday election
I won’t be voting in the Austrian election. In fact, I never have. A few months ago, a media colleague asked if I had thought of entering politics. “In Austria?” I asked. “Yeah, I think you’d be good in politics.” He was surprised when I told him I was not an Austrian citizen. “Oh, I just assumed.” Yeah, a lot of...
last word schiach
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet. SCHIACH adjective. Ugly, unattractive, aesthetically displeasing. Has expanded over the years into a catchall descriptor for anything unpleasant: Previously used mostly in reference to people, clothes, contemporary art and modern architecture, nowadays situations, moods,...
Whether you read horoscopes, have your fortune told, or simply fantasize about the year to come, the thrill of seeing into the future has been inherent to the human experience. Three years ago, I was introduced to the New Year’s prophecy in the form of Bleigiessen (pouring lead). You sit around a candle with a metal spoon and lucky figurines,...
European union
The centennial of the Great War is the clearest argument for why the European Union matters In May 1917 – 100 years ago this month – the first U.S. troops arrived in Europe to support the Allied forces in the Great War. Decisive to victory, their entry also sealed the fate of Austria-Hungary. American divisions tipped the balance on the...
Transparency International Austria
Whether they’re uncovering drug cartels, teaching how to protect secrets, improving the image of the police department or fighting corruption, skepticism is their speciality Honorary President Transparency International Austria Corruption is something no country is proud of.  So many cringed when a succession of banking scandals, fallen federal ministers and shady lobbyists sent Austria careening down from 10th to 23rd on Transparency...
It seems like a case of unintended consequences. Under enormous pressure from the public and simply the numbers themselves, Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner announced February 18 a fixed upper limit of 37,500 asylum applicants this year, 80 a day, until the limit is reached. A major new clearing center has been opened in Spielfeld, in southern Styria, and fences are going...
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