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Friday, December 15, 2017
Austrian Bureaucracy
Beamter: Check out any decent dictionary and it will show a string of translations – official, clerk, functionary, civil servant etc. – none of which do justice to the soul of that mystical creature, the Austrian bureaucrat Older arrivals will remember the Stempelmarken, amusing now, irritating then. The game was as follows: You’re in line to get some papers fixed....
cultural amnesia
The exuberance of the early 2000s has given way to mistrust, but catastrophe can be avoided if we keep a close eye on the past In 2007, Australian literary critic Clive James published an extraordinary collection of portrait essays on the thinkers of the 20th century that had shaped his intellectual life. Called Cultural Amnesia – Notes in the Margin...
social media detox
I just uploaded a selfie onto Instagram, complete with a sophisticated quote, imperceptibly blurred, and some contrast to underline the color of my eyes. Now I’m waiting. Waiting for that like. Mr. Serious must have seen it, 30 minutes have passed already. But no like, yet. I mean, I got 32 likes, but none of them counts. I want that...
vienna unfriendly
No one can say Vienna is a sore loser. After Austrian media picked up the Expat Insider study’s City Index ranking Vienna the second least friendly city for expats, the “news” spread like wildfire. The tone of many of the tabloids like Heute and OE24 was dismissive, à la “we all knew the Viennese were this way, now here’s some...
populism
The anguish over protectionism misses a deeper message about European identity The news about Europe these days is discouraging: headlines, books and essays all tell a common story: “The Rebirth of Populism”; “How Far is Europe Swinging to the Right?” The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age. It makes pretty grim reading. After several decades of mobility and mingling across fluid borders,...
democracy
Democracy, for all its flaws, may in fact be the best form of government. But there are many ways to improve it By Peter Emerson Following the elections on October 15, Austria’s political parties are now jostling to form another coalition government. Germany too is facing the challenge of cobbling together a coalition of three different parties with three very different...
austrians love hate germans
Austria and Germany share a troubled past, the (almost) same language – and are still worlds apart “Eine Tüte, bitte!” – a casual request at a supermarket checkout – is social suicide for a German in Vienna. For the clueless visitor from the north, Tüte and Sackerl may appear to mean the same thing, i.e. shopping bag. But for a...
sebastian kurz coalition
He did it. Sebastian Kurz, head of the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP), won the Austrian election. His shift to a more populist stance on immigration and the EU may have been decisive, and reflects a broader trend in the region, with Kurz endorsing a reform scenario where the Union should be “doing less more efficiently” during his campaign. However, after his victory, Kurz was at pains to point out that he intends...
sebastian kurz
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