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Vienna
Thursday, January 18, 2018
luxury
Luxury retail is the lifeblood of the city center, but can Vienna manage to sustain its tradition of local craftsmanship with the demands of international tourism?By Margaret Childs & Elisabeth KlingWhen Markus Scheer was growing up in the 1980s, it was unheard of to stroll through the 1st district in jeans, much less shorts and flip-flops. It was simply...
Death in Vienna
Some Viennese may play down any special relationship with death. But, then again, it’s probably better not to take any chances...It was a stunningly beautiful summer’s day on July 16, 2011, for the final farewell to Otto von Habsburg, the last Crown Prince of Austria-Hungary. And for this day of days, Vienna had pulled out all the stops. By two o’clock, an...
beautiful minds
If our education decides our future, what happens to upward mobility and equal opportunity?A democracy depends on citizens knowing what they are voting for, otherwise the X is as rationally placed as a bet on a roulette wheel. Many politicians this year are betting on “truthiness” – a polarizing platform of gut feelings over facts. “I love the uneducated!”...
cover story pimp city
From San Diego to Copenhagen, From Vienna to Singapore, everybody wants to become a smart city. But how do you upgrade the world's most livable city?As he carefully takes the slat out of the hive, the solar panels in the background begin to gleam again in the sun. Not bothered at all by the swarm of bees whirring around him,...
Vienna’s dramatists have a long, brilliant and turbulent history. But no year was quite so momentous as 1929, the year modernity was born.Hedwig Kiesler was determined to act. She had traveled all the way to Berlin to study under the great Viennese director Max Reinhardt. But it seemed impossible to get an audition. So during a rehearsal, she slipped into...
Green Austria
No other country believes itself to be so in touch with nature. Is Austria living a lie? by Alexander Fanta & Benjamin Wolf Austria’s sole nuclear power plant is without any doubt the safest in the world. While some of Austria’s neighbors struggle with their aging Soviet-era reactors, the plant at Zwentendorf on the banks of the Danube has, in the...
Austrian business innovation
Austria often looks to America’s can-do approach to business, but can it foster its own forward-­leaning ­climate while still preserving its heritage?Anyone who has done business in both Austria and the United States will tell you the same thing. It’s like night and day.This is not to say one is better, or more lucrative. It’s just very different. Some...
Third-culture kids
For third-culture kids, international schools around the world become an important but temporary extended familyYou can hear them on the subway, a gaggle of teenagers from all backgrounds, speaking in an English that defies description, in an untraceable accent peppered with local and foreign words. A stranger, baffled by the diverse group, might ask them the simple question: Where...
What Austria’s turbulent past tells us about the current economic and financial crisisIn 2012, ratings agency Standard & Poor’s lowered Austria’s overall credit rating to AA+, citing “significant weaknesses” in the country’s financial system.  The outlook was also weaker than expected and several banks, including the Erste Bank and Raiffeisen Zentralbank, had their ratings lowered to BBB+, a significant blow...
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