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Tuesday, September 18, 2018
An expat muses on the virtues of fresh air Before moving to Vienna in July 2001, I spent my final weeks in New York suffering through the withering heat and humidity typical of a Big Apple summer. Even on its deafening, top setting, the window-unit air conditioner struggled to keep my 30m2 apartment under 30°C. I packed like a man...
cultural amnesia
At the root of Europe’s malaise is a philosophical paradox over what it means to be human On a summer afternoon in 1991 soon aft er the collapse of the Soviet Union, political philosopher Isaiah Berlin met with editor Nathan Gardels in a cafe by the harbor in Portofino, Italy. There, over several hours, Berlin mused about the nationalism that...
kern
Why the SPÖ leader rides his bike, has some enemies and is not to be envied. Let’s call it a really bad losing streak, not a personal failure. The SPÖ leader and Chancellor Christian Kern, who was celebrated at the beginning of his term, actually loses the election against his challenger Sebastian Kurz – who, for Kern, was half a...
They love him or they hate him: Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz is more notorious across Europe than most of his predecessors. Now he is taking over the EU presidency. This will be interesting. Austrian Chancellor Bruno Kreisky once formulated the beautiful phrase, “You have no idea how much praise I can handle.” While this may be said for anyone, right...
Lifetimes of understandable resentment can boil over into presumptions of guilt. This is dangerous. And when important public careers are ruined, everybody loses As former Green Party defense spokesman Peter Pilz returns to Parliament this month, it’s a good time to reflect on the short and intense history of the #MeToo campaign – from a website launched in Harlem a...
In a provocative move, Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz announced the closing of seven mosques and potential expulsion of 60 Turkish-funded imams one week before Muslim Eid celebrations. The move has been criticized as Islamophobic. A spokesman for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, Ibrahim Khalid, took to twitter to voice his government’s outrage: “Austria’s decision to close seven mosques and expel...
Why Vienna's city government has completely reorganized itself and what it has to do with the FPÖ, expats and international managers It is an interesting but characteristic phenomenon. The government of red Vienna – once known as the worldwide socialist model for the introduction of municipal social services, Gemeindebauten (social housing) and the redistribution from the supposedly rich to the...
health
For newcomers, Austrians can take some getting used to. But if you’re planning to get sick, Austria is the place to be. Let’s be honest; if you’re planning to get sick, Austria is the place. That precious little green e-card in my wallet is my key to an Aladdin’s cave of medical cosseting. Before I’d have even reached the front...
Mayor Michael Häupl
After a quarter century, Vienna’s popular Mayor Michael Häupl leaves behind a city more prosperous, international and innovative – yet still humane. That’s saying a lot. The 1st of May marked a revival of sorts for Vienna’s SPÖ, as some 120,000 people showed up for the party’s annual Labor Day love fest – by far the largest crowd in recent...
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