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Thursday, July 19, 2018
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 unsustainableDo you know why Uber is 25% cheaper than a traditional taxi? Your ride is being subsidized, but in this case by private venture capital instead of taxpayers.Despite recent bans in neighboring Germany, Italy...
health
For newcomers, Austrians can take some getting used to. But if you’re planning to get sick, Austria is the place to be.Let’s be honest; if you’re planning to get sick, Austria is the place. That precious little green e-card in my wallet is my key to an Aladdin’s cave of medical cosseting. Before I’d have even reached the front...
populism
The anguish over protectionism misses a deeper message about European identity The news about Europe these days is discouraging: headlines, books and essays all tell a common story: “The Rebirth of Populism”; “How Far is Europe Swinging to the Right?” The End of Europe: Dictators, Demagogues and the Coming Dark Age. It makes pretty grim reading.After several decades of mobility and mingling across fluid borders,...
angewandte
Art & Politics at the Angewandte Austrian art and politics have always been entangled in an interdependent, uneasy relationship – often the more uneasy the better, as far as the quality is concerned. And current political trends suggest this is likely to continue.The artists of the Wiener Aktionisten were particularly (in)famous, defying both authorities and good taste, setting out...
memes eu copyright law
From elections to dating, the internet is increasingly shaping our lives. In the effort to control copyright abuse, however, the European Commission is going too farEurope’s laws on how internet companies should deal with illegal content online are among the best in the world. They require companies to act quickly when informed of illegal content and also prevent member...
Why Vienna's city government has completely reorganized itself and what it has to do with the FPÖ, expats and international managersIt 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 the supposedly rich to the...
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 passed already. But no like, yet. I mean, I got 32 likes, but none of them counts. I want that...
moralism arts
Just as we should not condemn a work of art because of the artist’s private behavior, we should also be careful about applying norms of social respectability to artistic expression.Egon Schiele was jailed for corrupting young girls. Rembrandt cruelly mistreated his mistress, Picasso was beastly to his wives, Caravaggio lusted after young boys and was a murderer. If we...
germany
For the European Union to work, its strong members must show solidarity with its weak members. Germany need to support the creation of a mechanism to realize this imperativeWho runs the European Union? On the eve of Germany’s general election, that is a very timely question. One standard reply is, “The EU’s member states” – all 28 of them....
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