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The debate over remedial German classes for migrants has been heated and polarized. It is also a false choice. Ludwig Wittgenstein was absorbed with the problems of language: Why, he wondered, were we still struggling with the same questions that had troubled Plato 2,000 years ago? The reason, the Viennese philosopher decided, was that our language had remained the same,...
What's in a name? As a result of the increased influx of Syrians and Afghans into Europe in 2015, a political discussion has begun about whether those taking risky paths to Europe are refugees or migrants, and the news media frequently use the terms interchangeably. In this case, terminology is everything. These words do not mean the same thing and should...
An unelected Prime Minister seeks a public mandate for leadership and her Brexit strategy. A big election year for Europe just got bigger. With France’s upcoming presidential election becoming a nail-biter and Germans preparing to vote in September, British Prime Minister Theresa May has now called a snap election for June 8. The outcome will have far-reaching implications not only...
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 round mahogany bar where you...
U.S. needs to shoulder a bigger share of the burden, expert says at Vienna panel discussion on refugee policy Refugee experts speaking Sunday during a panel discussion at the Burgtheater in Vienna may not have directly addressed the political context, but the big gains made by Germany's far-right Alternative für Deutschland party (AfD) in three state elections show that the...
Día de los Muertos
Thoughts from our expert on design, gadgets and joie de vivre Framing the concept of life and death in a fashion editorial took me on a journey around the world and back. From the deepest forests of Africa to the deserts of Australia, I was on a quest for the link that connects death, life and beauty. Unsurprisingly, life and death...
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 another coalition government. Germany too is facing the challenge of cobbling together a coalition of three different parties with three very different...
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, In Rupture, Risk And the Quite Life, Martin Ehl is giving a gripping and far too seldom insight into the situation of startups in Central and Eastern Europe (CEE). I am...
How Europe’s economic and demogrphic choices made in 2016 will impact the economies of Europe and the U.S. In 1973, US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, following a period of American preoccupation with Vietnam and China, declared a “year of Europe.” More recently, after President Barack Obama announced a US strategic “pivot,” or rebalancing, toward Asia, many Europeans worried about...
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