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Friday, December 14, 2018
The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), a new EU law which seeks to protect the privacy of its citizens, was welcomed by the previous Austrian government. The current ÖVP-FPÖ coalition, however, has been accused of backtracking on the stringent enforcement of data protection violations, raising concerns. As of May 25, 2018, the GDPR will hand control over personal information back...
Air Koryo Ilyushin Il-62
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 Soviet-built plane has largely been retired from active service. In Graz however, one Il-62 in particular has continued to find a new purpose even without taking off. The Novapark Hotel recently acquired the aircraft from...
After rolling back the new law that would have prohibited smoking in restaurants and bars, Austria’s newly-minted conservative/right wing administration has decided to take refuge in audacity: Starting May 1st, smoking in Lokale will actually be mandatory. To enforce compliance, Interior Minister Herbert Kickl (FPÖ) has announced a new mounted police unit that will patrol hotspots in the 1st district...
The tiny village in Upper Austria is one of 50 unfortunately named places to receive premium access to Pornhub, the popular pornography website. Named after a sixth century Bavarian noble called Focko or Fuko, the people of Fucking are used to mockery. Viral videos have brought selfie-taking British tourists, traffic sign-stealing teens and even a beer brand named Fucking Hell,...
austrian news march 2018
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of recent headlines in Vienna. Real Operetta or Merely a State Crisis? In the early hours of February 28, public prosecutors accompanied by armed police stormed into the Office for Protection of the Constitution and Anti-Terror (BVT). They spent hours clearing data from the department responsible for extremism, which insiders suspected had dossiers implicating some close to the FPÖ (the junior partner in the ruling coalition). The Vienna weekly...
urban massage
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. Instead of weeks-long spa stays with massages offering a short-term amelioration of physical problems, a preventative approach will ask patients to work more for their own health. From 2019 onwards, therapies will include more physical activities...
Trevor Traina
Tech entrepreneur Traina will fill a position that has been vacant since January 2017. Fourteen months later, a new ambassador-designate is set to replace her. Like his predecessor, the new US ambassador to Austria, Trevor D. Traina is a technology entrepreneur who has founded or co-founded several successful companies and currently leads IfOnly, a company that offers “a curated selection...
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