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Wednesday, January 16, 2019
health systems
Medical Meanderings: From dodgy diagnostics in the U.K. to a tree-filled quad in the Alpine Republic. A tale of two cities. When a sympathetic African priest materializes at your Viennese hospital bedside, murmuring what sound like last rites, it’s forgivable to assume your time is up. “I’m fine”, I assured him. “Yessss, yessss,” he nodded, uncertain. My English GP calls it “a rare...
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...
Wien is a city of international stature in multiple ways - but too many know nothing about it. Vienna has been a premier diplomatic capital for 200 years. From the Congress of Vienna in 1814 to the present day, no other city can compete with its consistent importance, with its well-established bridge-building role and as a seat of multilateral diplomacy. Austria...
The Austrian Presidential elections used to be a dull affair. Not anymore. The Austrian Presidential elections used to be a dull affair, with candidates of the two main parties SPÖ and ÖVP sparring with each other over issues they didn’t have the power to change anyway and the electorate languidly casting their votes. Not anymore. On April 24, Austrians may well...
We’ve been getting great feedback from our readers over social media. Thanks very much for your thoughts, ideas and insights, and make sure to like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! To the Editor Benjamin Wolf (“No Country for Old Economists,” March 2016) wonders why the Austrian School of Economics “remains unpopular in its land of origin.” The answer is not hard to find....
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...
The outcome may indicate how the dialectic between supranationalism and nationalism will play out in much of the rest of the world. The United Kingdom’s “Remainers,” who still hope to reverse Britain’s decision to leave the European Union, have placarded British cities with a simple question: “Brexit – Is It Worth It?” Well, is it? The answer given by economics is...
With the Neue Mittelschule, reformers tried one-size-fits-all – with dismal results. Education Minister Heinz Faßmann’s pragmatic approach deserves a chance As I listen to the latest round of policy boxing over the new Pädagogik-Paket (Teaching Package), my heart sinks. It’s a debate I’ve heard before in another time and place, one where a world of well-meaning people destroyed for a...
refugee crisis
Two years after the start of the refugee crisis, some hard truths and daunting challenges can no longer be ignored. Since 2015, when over a million refugees flooded across EU borders, it has been nearly impossible to have an honest conversation about what was at stake. It all happened so quickly; the numbers were mind-boggling – some 98,000 applying for...
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