Sebastian Kurz
On Saturday, July 1st, in a muted and highly uncontested leadership election in Linz, Austria, 30-year-old Sebastian Kurz secured 98.7 percent of the vote to head the Austrian People’s Party (Ă–VP) before October’s elections. A mere three days later, the headlines surrounding Kurz were far less flattering. A scandal surrounding a study on religious kindergartens […]
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The U.S. presidential election is nigh. Many American citizens living abroad are scrambling to get their absentee ballots and mail them on time. But is it worth the price of postage? When I was assigned to write a short article about absentee voting for the October 2016 print edition of Metropole, I hesitated at first. […]
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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 n...
The imposing townhouse at Berggasse 19, within spitting distance of both the canal and the Ring, is equally inspiring and worrying. Inspiring because former occupant Sigmund Freud shaped the public imagination of the 20th century as few others have. He gave us an entire vocabulary for talking about our interior lives. For some, his name […]
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Editorial
Trump notwithstanding, America has been far more successful than Austria at making newcomers feel part of society. The key is approach: A fervent belief in the American dream and some broken English is often all it takes to be made welcome. And as long as you pledge your unequivocal allegiance to the stars and stripes, […]
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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...
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 a...
In this increasingly globalized age, we are obsessed with finding the best place to “live.” We are constantly being told that the world is our oyster and that we are the pearls; that with the advances in technology, transportation and communication, ...