fake news
How a small number of young eastern Europeans have managed to influence U.S politics Fake news has no borders. Last fall, in the flurry of debunked reports of fraudulent ballot boxes, coded emails and child-sex rings pushed by D.C.-based support...
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 ...
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...
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 loo...
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 formulate...
smoking ban vienna
As the door to Café Einhorn opens, a draft of icy winter air surges into the room. For a fleeting moment, our lungs suck in the oxygen before it dissolves into the yellow haze of dozens of cigarettes, preserving the bar’s reputation as one of the smo...
Editorial when in winterland
We’re now well into winter. The last cinnamon breath of Christmas is a distant memory, and the glimmering promise of spring is still too distant to cling to Though the grey days are getting gradually, doggedly longer – we’re still encircled by a fri...
Editorial
It’s election day and as these lines are being written, it’s too close to call. It may be just as well, as it doesn’t really matter who Austria’s next head of state will be. Whoever gets to spend the next six years in the Hofburg will inherit a deepl...
This is a sad morning for Britain and unfathomable for Europe. The morning after Brexit, the headlines make grim reading: “Pound sterling crashes to 1985 low”, “World stocks in free fall,” “The rage of the working class,” “Cameron resigns,” “Scotland...
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