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Sunday, April 22, 2018
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....
vienna unfriendly
No one can say Vienna is a sore loser. After Austrian media picked up the Expat Insider study’s City Index ranking Vienna the second least friendly city for expats, the “news” spread like wildfire.The tone of many of the tabloids like Heute and OE24 was dismissive, à la “we all knew the Viennese were this way, now here’s some...
anschluss
What would we have done? Trying to grasp what we can never fully understand.This year’s commemoration of the Anschluss of Austria by Nazi Germany, March 11 & 12, 1938, has been as engrossing as it has been hard to absorb. 80 years: The series of evenings on ORF, the Zeituhr 1938 retold in real time, the photographs and the...
stores austria closed sundays
Retail stores in Austria still stay closed on Sundays, but the benefits outweigh the inconveniencesSo Richard Lugner is at it again. This summer, for the third time, the shopping center magnate has gone to court seeking a special ruling to allow his “Lugner City” to stay open one Sunday a month.Few think he has a chance: While a majority...
cultural amnesia
The exuberance of the early 2000s has given way to mistrust, but catastrophe can be avoided if we keep a close eye on the pastIn 2007, Australian literary critic Clive James published an extraordinary collection of portrait essays on the thinkers of the 20th century that had shaped his intellectual life. Called Cultural Amnesia – Notes in the Margin...
allforjan
As the largest protests since 1989 rock Slovakia following the murder of investigative journalist Ján Kuciak, fellow contributors wonder about the future of the country.Slovaks don’t have a tradition of protest. When demonstrations do happen, it’s something serious.In November ’89, we were too young to take part in the Velvet (or Gentle) Revolution, in 1998 we were still teenagers,...
beisl cafe industrie closing
The closing of the beloved Café Industrie on the Margaretengürtel in May made headlines in ViennaA family Lokal handed down from mother to daughter into the 3rd generation, the café ran headlong into a group of stuffy neighbors complaining of noise – which was strange. After all the Gürtel was far noisier.But this was just one of a long...
Austrian Bureaucracy
Beamter: Check out any decent dictionary and it will show a string of translations – official, clerk, functionary, civil servant etc. – none of which do justice to the soul of that mystical creature, the Austrian bureaucratOlder arrivals will remember the Stempelmarken, amusing now, irritating then. The game was as follows: You’re in line to get some papers fixed....
sharing economy
The sharing economy makes us more flexible but is no substitute for a true social community.When my Airbnb host introduced me to his children I was slightly bemused. The elder one of the two boys was Bruce and the baby – you guessed it – Lee. A young family who bolstered their mortgage payments with income from Airbnb. In...
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