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Vienna
Saturday, December 15, 2018
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!”...
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 Kling When 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...
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...
From the internet to the bedroom, Austrians care about – and protect – the personal sphere. It’s a cultural thing. On a cold, grey day in January, a security camera suspended from a bouquet of colorful balloons was bobbing on a long cord over the Austrian parliament – a protest by AK Vorrat to highlight the imminent passage of the...
What Austria’s turbulent past tells us about the current economic and financial crisis In 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...
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...
collaborative economy
From cars to office space, and even livestock, the Collaborative Economy is changing more than how we use things. It’s reinventing how we value property. By George Jahn & Roxanne Powell On any given day Lena Kover will wake to the sounds of oldies streamed over web radio. Busying herself in the kitchen of her 17th district apartment, she makes breakfast to...
collaborative economy
From cars to office space, and even livestock, the Collaborative Economy is changing more than how we use things. It’s reinventing how we value property. By George Jahn & Roxanne Powell On any given day Lena Kover will wake to the sounds of oldies streamed over web radio. Busying herself in the kitchen of her 17th district apartment, she makes breakfast to...
Third-culture kids
For third-culture kids, international schools around the world become an important but temporary extended family You 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...
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