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Monday, April 23, 2018
austrians love hate germans
Austria and Germany share a troubled past, the (almost) same language – and are still worlds apart“Eine Tüte, bitte!” – a casual request at a supermarket checkout – is social suicide for a German in Vienna. For the clueless visitor from the north, Tüte and Sackerl may appear to mean the same thing, i.e. shopping bag. But for a...
editorial
On September 5, over  220,000 Viennese students went back to school. Some go willingly, some have to be dragged, but Austrian parents have a stock response to unwilling schoolgoers: Blame Maria Theresa It was in 1774, under the reign of Austria’s only female head of state ever, that six years of compulsory schooling became law of the land for most...
Letters to the Editor
We’ve been getting great feedback from our readers over social media. Thanks very much for your thoughts, ideas and insights! Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!To the Editor,Recently, I treated myself to Metropole. Chapeau, team, I’m absolutely delighted! I like the mix of topics; from a student’s guide to discounts and a blog post “How to get punk...
Britain, our role model in language, constitutional law, education and business, would gradually feel farther and farther awayI want to encourage my children to learn English, although they are not always as enthusiastic as I would wish.  So this year I am taking them for the first time to London, to show them the cradle of that global language,...
political tension austria america
Hardly has been there a time in recent years when the political tensions in Austria and America have been so similar, when both countries have been so vulnerable Amidst anger and fear that are nearly unbearable, half the population is terrified by the other half’s choice of a president, convinced that the country is doomed for the years to come.But...
kern kurz strache
The dangerous dance with Kern, Kurz and StracheThe image alone must have sent a shiver through the souls of decent chardonnay socialists, to see their chieftain consorting with the Klassenfeind (archenemy). Yet in July 2016 Christian Kern, freshly minted chancellor and chairman of the ruling Social Democrats (SPÖ) did indeed invite the Freedom Party’s (FPÖ) H.C. Strache to his office...
sebastian kurz coalition
He did it. Sebastian Kurz, head of the conservative People’s Party (ÖVP), won the Austrian election. His shift to a more populist stance on immigration and the EU may have been decisive, and reflects a broader trend in the region, with Kurz endorsing a reform scenario where the Union should be “doing less more efficiently” during his campaign.However, after his victory, Kurz was at pains to point out that he intends...
Working in Austria
The grass is really greenerMany things draw Americans to Europe: family roots, the beauty, new perspectives, and of course romance. For me, this time, it was a career opportunity.But like many expats, I sometimes pushed it too far, taking on Europe’s better qualities as my own, seeing myself not as a better American, but better than Americans, more worldly,...
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 deeply polarized electorate, antagonizing almost half of his constituency from day...
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