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Friday, October 20, 2017
germany
For the European Union to work, its strong members must show solidarity with its weak members. Germany need to support the creation of a mechanism to realize this imperative Who runs the European Union? On the eve of Germany’s general election, that is a very timely question. One standard reply is, “The EU’s member states” – all 28 of them....
memes eu copyright law
From elections to dating, the internet is increasingly shaping our lives. In the effort to control copyright abuse, however, the European Commission is going too far Europe’s laws on how internet companies should deal with illegal content online are among the best in the world. They require companies to act quickly when informed of illegal content and also prevent member...
beisl cafe industrie closing
The closing of the beloved Café Industrie on the Margaretengürtel in May made headlines in Vienna A family Lokal handed down from mother to daughter into the 3rd generation, the café ran headlong into a group of stuffy neighbors complaining of noise – which was strange. After all the Gürtel was far noisier. But this was just one of a long...
public transport ubahn vienna
Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the crowd … but every time the U-Bahn rolled into the station, there it was “Steigen Sie aus?” (“Are you getting out?”) asked a frantic voice. I mumbled an apology and flattened myself against the divider. Yes, yes, Vienna public transit is the best in the world… But that doesn’t stop its passengers...
stores austria closed sundays
Retail stores in Austria still stay closed on Sundays, but the benefits outweigh the inconveniences So Richard Lugner is at it again. This summer, for the third time, the shopping center magnate has gone to court seeking a special ruling to allow his “Lugner City” to stay open one Sunday a month. Few think he has a chance: While a majority...
uber failing austria
The sharing economy promises cheap and easy fixes in a time of limited resources. But if you peek behind the facade, many business models look unsustainable Do you know why Uber is 25% cheaper than a traditional taxi? Your ride is being subsidized, but in this case by private venture capital instead of taxpayers. Despite recent bans in neighboring Germany, Italy...
green party
With the Greens absorbed in internecine warfare, the prospects for a progressive left agenda look increasingly dim With just a month until the parliamentary elections, the Greens are in disarray. Since the first of the year, their support has dropped by half in public polling. In May, they exchanged one unpopular leader for another, swapping out Eva Glawischnig for EU parliamentarian...
solar eclipse
“It’s difficult to make predictions,” the great Danish physicist Niels Bohr liked to say, “especially about the future” – a proverb that captured quite elegantly the gap between what is real and what we can prove. So Bohr hung a horseshoe over his door for luck. As the evidence of climate change piles up all around us, the remaining cosmic truths can...
face veil ban
While banning the face veil may be within Europe’s rights, is it the right thing to do? First, let’s get one thing straight, the niqab, and the burqa are not the same thing. While both are additions to the hijab, a general term used to describe covering of the head, face or body out of modesty, the niqab covers the...
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