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 the blistering heat in the courtyard of Vienna’s imperial palace. The red carpet was rolled out, ...
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 exclusive interview. Over 52 minutes, the exchange tackled a wide array of topics, from Crimea to Syria, North Korea, the US elections and Russia’s relations with Europe – including […]
POPE FRANCIS IS NOW A LIFE-TIME MEMBER OF VIENNA’S SK RAPID WIEN FOOTBALL CLUB When in Rome, do as the Romans do – that’s what the players of Rapid Wien might have thought when the team visited the Vatican on May 25. After all, they had an audience with Pope Francis, who is originally from […]
Vienna’s New Mayor Takes Over Vienna’s new mayor, Michael Ludwig, (Social Democrats, SPÖ) has introduced the new city government, dubbing it his “forward-thinking team” and including four new members. According to Ludwig, the city’s administration now represents a “Viennese mélange of years-long experience and new faces.” The freshly nominated city councilors will be responsible for […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 mand...
Fucking, 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 […]