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Vienna
Monday, October 22, 2018
public transport ubahn vienna
Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the crowd … but every time the U-Bahn rolled into the station, there it was “Steigen Sie aus?” (“Are you getting out?”) asked a frantic voice. I mumbled an apology and flattened myself against the divider. Yes, yes, Vienna public transit is the best in the world… But that doesn’t stop its passengers...

#MeTwo

A debate unleashed by the hashtag #metwo highlights the need to fight everyday racism – and how listening is still a tall order. In recent weeks, migrants and multicultural Europeans in Germany have been sharing tweets over the hashtag #metwo, partly inspired by the #metoo campaign against sexual harassment. The revelations have been shocking at best: “I was 12 back then,”...
future ai
Can we control the spread of AI and robots into every aspect of our lives? Sophia has been granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia; she has been a star guest on the “Tonight Show” and her patented “frubber” face has been on the cover of Elle magazine. Speaking at the International Broadcasting Convention in September, her creator David Hanson promised to...
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,...
expats voting austria sunday election
I won’t be voting in the Austrian election. In fact, I never have. A few months ago, a media colleague asked if I had thought of entering politics. “In Austria?” I asked. “Yeah, I think you’d be good in politics.” He was surprised when I told him I was not an Austrian citizen. “Oh, I just assumed.” Yeah, a lot of...
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, actually loses the election against his challenger Sebastian Kurz – who, for Kern, was half a...
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 smokiest in Vienna. Tourists and expats are often amazed to find you can still smoke in bars and restaurants in Vienna – and report being...
Wien is a city of international stature in multiple ways - but too many know nothing about it. Vienna has been a premier diplomatic capital for 200 years. From the Congress of Vienna in 1814 to the present day, no other city can compete with its consistent importance, with its well-established bridge-building role and as a seat of multilateral diplomacy. Austria...
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...
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