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Austrian Insiders Arrested for Aiding Flight of Wirecard COO

Vienna police have taken a former FPÖ MP and BVT-security head in custody for assisting the escape of Jan Marsalek, mastermind of one of Europe’s greatest postwar financial scandals.

Party Manifestos | What the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) Wants for Austria

The 46-page SPÖ manifesto focuses on health, work, education, infrastructure and protecting the climate – but also contains some bold policy proposals.

Party Manifestos | What the Liberal Party (NEOS) Wants for Austria

the party’s 80-pages manifesto focuses on protecting the climate and sustainability, alongside long-term NEOS topics such as education, a pension reform and more transparency for parties and state authorities.

Party Manifestos | What the Green Party Wants for Austria

Led into the 2019 elections by long-time politician Werner Kogler, the fight against climate change and for sustainability takes center stage in the Green party manifesto.

Party Manifestos | What the Liste JETZT Wants for Austria

The list led by former Green MP Peter Pilz seems unlikely to make it into parliament this time. The central idea of the Liste JETZT is better control of the government.

Party Manifestos | What the Small Parties Want for Austria

Seven smaller parties are also running in the 2019 parliamentary elections, but only two – Wandel and the KPÖ – made it onto the national ballot.

Party Manifestos | What the Liberal Party (NEOS) Wants for Austria

the party’s 80-pages manifesto focuses on protecting the climate and sustainability, alongside long-term NEOS topics such as education, a pension reform and more transparency for parties and state authorities.

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 t...

News Monitor – Summer 2019

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

News Monitor

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

News Monitor

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...

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 ...

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...

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...

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...

Less Thinking, More Drinking

A study confirms what some of us may have already suspected: alcohol improves our foreign language skills Forget 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 Vienna Austria’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 Vienna Benefits 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 Vienna Most 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 activism by Caroline Stevenson & Dardis McNamee It was Satu...

What Austrian Media Wrote About in February 2017

A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s headlines in Vienna Security 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 challenges I 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 Down Pound 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 President Austria 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...

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 ...

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...

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...
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