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News Monitor – Summer 2019

Vienna’s New Logo Stadt Wien recently spent nearly €600,000 on a new logo. The opposition denounced it as a scandalous waste of public money, while the administration defended it as necessary, even cost-efficient. A consortium lead by Saffron, an international brand consulting group, was given the task of modernizing and streamlining the city’s public face – […]
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News Monitor – Summer 2019

Brutal Training at the Balletakademie With accusations of physical punishment, insults and humiliation, lack of psychological support or counseling, ...

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European Elections AheadWhen an entire continent goes to the polls, we should pay attention to what people have to say. From May...

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Trouble in LederhosenAll the ingredients for a slow news day story were there: a much-loved local showbiz star, Nazi-accusations and some ...

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WRONG SKILLS OR WRONG SKIN?“No one has to live out their days in Rohrbach,” headlined the daily Der Standard (06.02.19). How the...

Snow Chaos in Austria: Avalanche Alarm Level Red

The Alps have become an extremely dangerous area in the past couple of days. Heavy snowfall and avalanches have led the authorities to issue the highe...

This Month’s Weird News

Check out this month's odd and outrageous news stories! Used Kitchen Ad Comes with Mysogonist Quip. Viennese humor can easily be lost on non-German ...

Weird News | June 2018

FOREIGN DOGS, KEEP OUT! Gottfried Waldhäusl, FPÖ state councilor for Lower Austria, expressed concerns over dogs with a migrant background while disc...

Austrian Government Plans to Introduce 12-hour Workday

“Welcome to a new world of work.” A 3-minute animated video with this feel-good title was published on June 18 by the Austrian Economic Chambers (WKO)...

Austrian Muslims | It’s Time to Support Ourselves

In a provocative move, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the closing of seven mosques and potential expulsion of 60 Turkish-funded imams on...

Female Opposition Mushrooms Against Pilz

Liste Pilz founder Peter Pilz has finally taken his seat in parliament after initially declining it in the wake of sexual harassment allegations again...

Austria Charms and Courts Putin

When Russian President Vladimir Putin touched down in Vienna with a 30-minute delay on Tuesday, the military guard of honor stood ready, waiting in th...

Putin & the Wolf | An Interview with the Kreml Boss

Ahead of his state visit to Austria on June 5, the first since his reelection, Russian President Vladimir Putin gave ORF news anchorman Armin Wolf an ...

The Pope is a Rapidler and Other Weird News

POPE FRANCIS IS NOW A LIFE-TIME MEMBER OF VIENNA’S SK RAPID WIEN FOOTBALL CLUBWhen in Rome, do as the Romans do – that’s what the players of Rap...

Austrian News You May Have Missed in May 2018

Vienna’s New Mayor Takes Over Vienna’s new mayor, Michael Ludwig, (Social Democrats, SPÖ) has introduced the new city government, dubbing it his “for...

Magic Jet to Land on Hotel Roof in Graz

At one point in the early 1960s, the Ilyuschin Il-62 was the largest long-range airliner in operation with a range of 10,000 kilometers. Nowadays, the...

Smoking now Mandatory in Austrian Bars & Restaurants

After rolling back the new law that would have prohibited smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria’s newly-minted conservative/right wing administrati...

Fucking, Austria, is Now a Pornhub “Premium Place”

Fucking, the tiny village in Upper Austria is one of 50 unfortunately named places to receive premium access to Pornhub, the popular pornography websi...

A New Cure for the Austrian Healthcare System

The traditional Kur, a doctor-prescribed wellness retreat that’s been popular with Austrians since the days of the Kaiser, is finally coming to an end...

US Senate Confirms New Ambassador to Austria

Tech entrepreneur Trevor D. Traina will fill the position of US ambassador to Austria, which has been vacant since January 2017.Like his prede...

Vienna’s News you Need to Know

A quick-and-dirty synopsis of recent headlines in Vienna.Team Austria Gears up for the Winter Olympics The 23rd Winter Olympic Games will take pl...

US Ambassador to Austria Position Filled by IT Millionaire

U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated a new ambassador to Austria, a position that has been vacant for nearly a year since the departure of Alexa ...

Austrian MP and Party Leader Peter Pilz Accused of Sexual Harassment

On Saturday, November 4th, 2017, the head of the newly formed political party Liste Pilz was publically accused of sexual harassment. It sparked a sec...

Less Thinking, More Drinking

A study confirms what some of us may have already suspected: alcohol improves our foreign language skillsForget about the tongue twisters next t...

What Austrian Media Wrote About in June 2017

A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s Austrian headlines.Construction Takes Over the Gürtel Throughout the summer large-scale constructi...

What Austrian Media Wrote About in May 2017

A quick-and-dirty synopsis of what everyone's been talking about in Vienna and beyond Trial Begins for Death of 71 Refugees The trial against the tr...

Where the Vienna Energy Forum Sees us in 2030

Here’s the challenge: First, eradicate poverty by getting over 90 percent of the world connected to electricity. Second, save enough energy to keep gl...

What Austrian Media Wrote About in April 2017

A quick and dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in ViennaAustria’s Richest Man Seeks Truth Red Bull tycoon Dietrich Mateschitz is partne...

What Austrian Media Wrote About in March 2017

A quick and dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in ViennaBenefits for EU Citizens After Five Years In the ORF Pressestunde (ORF Press Hour),...

What Austrian Media Wrote About in February 2017

A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in ViennaMost of Business Founded in Vienna In 2016 nearly 40,000 companies were founded in ...

Christian Kern at AustrianStartups

Federal Chancellor Christian Kern spent an evening with inquisitive entrepreneurs from AustrianStartups in the over-crowded co-working space, sektor5....

March as you Mean to go on

The Vienna chapter of the Women’s March on Washington was a flashback to 1960s activismby Caroline Stevenson & Dardis McNameeIt was Satu...

What Austrian Media Wrote About in February 2017

A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in ViennaSecurity Increase After Attempted Terror Attack An 18-year-old Austrian was arreste...

Eyewitness: Kurz Takes Over the OSCE

As chairmanship revolves to Austria, we listened to what Foreign Minister Kurz sees as the biggest challengesI arrived unreasonably early on a c...

Deadlines for Austrians Voting Abroad

The redo of the Austrian Presidential Elections is taking place on the 4th of December. Here’s what you need to know about voting if you’re living abr...

Britain Votes to Leave EU

Prime Minister David Cameron to Step DownPound Sterling Pounded  Going against the pollsters, the odds makers and the advice of the majo...

Down to the Wire

Alexander Van der Bellen becomes Austria’s New PresidentAustria has elected a new, Europe-loving president, Alexander Van der Bellen, a universi...

Chancellor Faymann Steps Down

Saying that he had "lost the support" of the party, Austrian Chancellor and SPÖ leader Werner Faymann officially stepped down today. While his success...

U.K. Expats Urged to Register to Vote by May 16

If you are a British expat living abroad, this is the last week to register to vote if you plan to vote by postal ballot in the June 23rd “Brexit” ref...

Right-Wing Protesters Storm Stage at University of Vienna

The Austrian Press Agency reports that a group of about 30 right-wing protesters stormed the stage of the Audimax (a large lecture hall at the Univers...

After the Ankara Bombing

Imagine coming out of the U-Bahn at Stephansplatz on your way to meeting a friend at the corner of the Haas House, weaving your way through groups of ...

Radio Ö1 Wants You To Tell Them #HowtobeAustrian

The Austrian radio station, Ö1, has launched a campaign that creatively responds to an important, but often overlooked, aspect of the refugee crisis c...

International Press Reacts to Austrian Chancellor’s Statements

Austrian chancellor Werner Faymann has caused some confusion in neighboring countries with his recent statements on a “temporary suspension” of the Sc...

First Data on Education Level of Refugees Released

Civilians and policy makers are wary about how the influx of refugees who settle in Austria will impact the economy and labor force in the long-run. T...

Scenes of Vienna: Politics Killed the Radio Star

Citizens and celebrities gather at the ORF Radiokulturhaus to mourn and protest the passing of an era.Early in Spring, Das Ohr, the four-meter h...

Zielpunkt Bankruptcy: Missing the Target

The two armed robbers who stuck up a Zielpunkt market in Vienna’s Favoriten district at 6:00 a.m. last Monday probably hadn’t heard the news that the ...

Austria’s silver medal in drinking

We all know Austrians can drink, but how do they compare internationally? Zweigelt, Schilcher, Grüner Veltliner, Welschriesling, Sturm, S...

Scenes of Vienna: Boarding the Train of Hope

“Three people in one room want to commit suicide? Stay cool.” What keeps everyone going is the sense of humanity.You sense the Train of Hope cam...

Who’s who in the 2015 Viennese Elections

With the city voting on Sunday, the “Battle for Vienna” is entering its final phase: Will the ruling Social Democrat/Green Party coalition continue it...
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