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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Austrian leaders took some risks – and a lot of criticism – to start the diplomatic conversationAs I write this Brussels is still smoldering from terrorist bombs that have killed at least 30 people and wounded 350 at Zevetem Airport and the Maelbeek subway station near the EU headquarters.  It seemed ironic amidst the relief at the arrest of...
editorial
Amid all the EU’s troubles over refugees, Schengen and the common currency, it’s easy to forget that in one regard, the Union has been extremely successful – strengthening peace on a historically belligerent continent. In just two generations, Europe went from a war-torn arena to a model of democracy and prosperity. Germany and France – at each other’s throats since...
sebastian kurz
When Sebastian Kurz was asked to be State Secretary for Integration in 2011, he was 24 years old. It was a new position, and then-ÖVP party chairman Michael Spindelegger knew he was taking a chance. So did Kurz. “I was downright shocked,” he told journalist Edda Graf in a recent interview. He still hadn’t completed his law degree. “I...
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 pastIn 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...
The Paris attacks make the return of border controls essential This essay was first written in the early hours following the six-attack night of horror in Paris. Much in the European fishbowl of terror alarms and refugee floods I knew would look different by the time this came into your hands.  Things would shift, leaders would react and the wheels...
democracy
Democracy, for all its flaws, may in fact be the best form of government. But there are many ways to improve itBy Peter EmersonFollowing 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...
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...
Op-ed
Austria still needs to stamp its identity on supporting roles in international film and TV productions. One Brit in town has a mission to help things alongMy relocation from London to Vienna in 2012 was a no-brainer. The tools of my trade were no more than a phone and an internet connection; I simply asked my office to patch...
We’ve been getting great feedback from our readers. Thanks very much for your thoughts, ideas and insights. To the editor,Thank you for the interesting and informative magazine about this great city. I was pleased to read the article on our Grätzl, the Freihausviertel. I am surprised though that there is no mention of the United Nations (and the Vienna International...
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