editorial
Austrian football fans have reason to celebrate. Against all odds, their team has not only qualified for the European Championship, but is also taken as a serious contender in a group with Portugal, Iceland and Hungary – a first in the modern history of Austrian football. Not, however, if one looks further back. In the […]
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kern
Why the SPÖ leader rides his bike, has some enemies and is not to be envied. Let’s call it a really bad losing streak, not a personal failure. The SPÖ leader and Chancellor Christian Kern, who was celebrated at the beginning of his term, actuall...
Why Vienna’s city government has completely reorganized itself and what it has to do with the FPÖ, expats and international managers It is an interesting but characteristic phenomenon. The government of red Vienna – once known as the worldwide socialist model for the introduction of municipal social services, Gemeindebauten (social housing) and the redistribution from […]
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Austrian leaders took some risks – and a lot of criticism – to start the diplomatic conversation As 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 […]
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social media detox
I just uploaded a selfie onto Instagram, complete with a sophisticated quote, imperceptibly blurred, and some contrast to underline the color of my eyes. Now I’m waiting. Waiting for that like. Mr. Serious must have seen it, 30 minutes have ...
For years, the bar at the Hotel Imperial was one of the spots for a late night drink – with an inconspicuous entrance off the Ringstraße, lush and intimate, with thick carpets, red satin, braided rope and Baroque, all the subdued, comfortable elegance of a club library. There were shared spaces and quiet corners, a […]
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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 […]
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reichenhetze
“How are you doing today?” the paramedic asks with a smile, as the ambulance hurtles towards the hospital. “I’m not talking to a Neger (negro),” the patient spews back. “Pardon me?“ he says. “You heard me!” she retorts. The paramedic starts to...
trams
Push the button, climb the high steps and plop yourself down on a polished wooden seat. The seat’s design has an inward slope, so with every twist and turn you slide back or to the side. The ticket validating machines make a funny noise when there’s ...
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