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The Long Road Home

A century after the end of the Habsburg Empire, and 30 years after the fall of the Berlin Wall, Vienna has finally resumed its role as the hub of Central and Eastern Europe

Hitting Home

“Economists,” American novelist William Gilmore Simms is quoted as saying, “put decimal points in their forecasts to show they have a sense of humor.”...

Austria’s Hidden Champions

Between 175 and 200 Austrian companies are considered to be hidden champions. That’s the highest density per capita in the world. These companies are ...

Growing Green Cities

Where Beethoven found inspiration for his Pastoral symphony and Schubert wrote his songs, a new initiative seeks answers to a sustainable future.W...

74, 73, 72 … The Countdown to Brexit Has Begun

Following the rejection of Theresa May’s Brexit plan by a devastating majority of 230 votes in the House of Commons, the Prime Minister (PM) had to fa...

Risk & Reward

After 1989, Austrian companies were among the first to invest in Europe’s “Wild East.” But in assessing political risk, they have to up their game. T...

The Architecture of Empire

Across the sprawling Habsburg monarchy, castles and courtyards, opera houses and onion domes projected their power and today the heritage of a shared ...

Keeping Watch of Fundamental Rights

How an EU agency in Vienna urges us all to be vigilantAs citizens of the European Union, we often take our rights for granted. For us, it has be...

How to Save Europe

In my youth, a small band of visionaries led by Jean Monnet transformed the European Coal and Steel Community first into the European Common Market an...

The Day Slovakia Was Born | An Eyewitness Remembers

An American with Slovak roots shares his memories of the day when Slovakia was born.The air was frigid on Bratislava’s Námestie SNP as the cal...

Austria, the Making of a Republic

Austria’s path from the heart of an empire to a resilient republic was a stony one. It’s the story of a country finding its identity.The Great...

The Different Lives That Make up Austria Today

It takes all types to build a Republic. We give a voice to people from different backgrounds and generations who shaped and continue to shape Austria....

Austria, a Country Reborn

As the Habsburg Empire entered the final year of the Great War, the future seemed wide open. A turbulent century followed.On a pleasant summer...

Brexit | A Lose-Lose in the Year to Come

Britain’s stumbling progress toward leaving the European Union is a case study in political mismanagement. With a year to go, it will most likely be a...

Southern Comfort: Slovenia

How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of them“Austrians are in a ...

Much Ado About Mulatschak: Hungary

How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of themWhenever Austria and...

The Empress & the Wine: Slovakia

How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of themAustrians know its n...

A Romance of Adversaries: Italy

How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of them“So it’s Spaghetti a...

The Twin Peaks of Europe: Switzerland

How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of themRight in the heart o...

Big Brother, Little Brother | Germany

How well do you know your neighbors? We looked into the Alpine Republic’s special relationship with each of themAn Austrian Kabarett...

Visiting Adele Bloch-Bauer at the Neue Galerie in NYC

The Old World has no claim to great European art. A magnificent gallery showcases Vienna’s treasures in the Big AppleEuropeans like to believe t...

Austrian aid Helps Kosovo get Back on its Feet

Europe’s youngest country has had a tough start to its hard-won independence, but projects backed by Austria are helping bring hope to the west Balkan...

Austrians Promote Social Entrepreneurship in Africa

Two Austrian-led organizations ask whether social entrepreneurs in Africa can combat the world’s “wicked problems” any better than development NGOs ...

Code Name: Edith ‘Grandmother’ of the Cambridge Five

Edith Tudor-Hart photographed poverty, society and children in Vienna and the U.K. and also helped launch Britain’s most notorious ring of spies for t...

In the Shadow of Oligarchs

A Russian expat investigates the local clichés and assumptions about her mega-rich countrymenTo tell the truth, I find no joy at all in telling ...

Spirits of Mexico

Whether you avoid your countrymen or seek out their company, everyone needs something to remind them of home. For Mexicans, it’s the Day of the Dead ...

Ditch the Textbooks

The Holy Trinity of a formal education is classroom, exam, diploma. This model is being challenged all over the world.Ten-year-old Mohammed sits c...

The Power of the Expat Vote

For American citizens overseas, doing your civic duty is easier than you think: Cast an absentee ballot!The impact of absentee voting was made...

5 Things You Need to Know to Vote in the U.S. Elections

Key Reminders from the Federal Voting Assistance Program during Absentee Voting Week ALEXANDRIA, Va. - With less than two months until the General El...

The State of the Union – Post-Brexit Europe

The Brexit vote has shaken the Europe’s political foundations. Will the project begin to unravel, or is this a new start for the Continent?They ...

International: Making New Austrians out of Refugees

Austria's true challenge of the ongoing refugee crisis lies not in handling the immediate influx, but in making sure those who stay, stay with a purpo...

International: The Dream of Splendid Isolation – Brexit

The Brexit referendum will set a new precedent. Those who expect special treatment may be in for a surprise.The year is 2018 and the United King...

International: OSCE Vienna – Soft Power At Work

Born in the chilliest era of the Cold War, Vienna's OSCE fosters common-sense cooperation between people of good will“What we do is soft power,”...

International: Is Social Banking Europe’s Future?

Banks have reacted to the post-2008 crisis climate in different ways. Some focus on squeaky clean ethical transparency, others on special programs to ...

Until Brexit Do Us Part

What are British expats in Vienna saying about the potential impact of Brexit?These are trying times for the EU: with thousands of refugees stra...

International: The Real Challenge

The countries of Europe are faced with tidal waves of newcomers, bringing with them different values, unfamiliar cultures, and untried skills that mus...
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