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Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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,I do travel across Austria quite a lot and it’s nice to see a new issue at railway shops anywhere you go! Then I can be sure to spend some quality...
European union
The centennial of the Great War is the clearest argument for why the European Union mattersIn May 1917 – 100 years ago this month – the first U.S. troops arrived in Europe to support the Allied forces in the Great War. Decisive to victory, their entry also sealed the fate of Austria-Hungary. American divisions tipped the balance on the...
refugee crisis
Two years after the start of the refugee crisis, some hard truths and daunting challenges can no longer be ignored.Since 2015, when over a million refugees flooded across EU borders, it has been nearly impossible to have an honest conversation about what was at stake. It all happened so quickly; the numbers were mind-boggling – some 98,000 applying for...
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....
With each attempt to strong-arm the media, Turkish President Erdogan only confirms his vulnerabilityTurkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan is having a tough time. He thought he had the Europeans over a barrel, thanks to the refugees. But no sooner had he negotiated the Deal of the Decade with German Chancellor Angela Merkel – prying €6 billion out of the...
Brexit
The results are in and the U.K. is out; the continent can rejoice!It frees us of the Union’s most cantankerous member. To meet the challenges facing the continent, we will need more European unity, not less. Yet Britain has always been by far the most reluctant pan-European, traditionally resisting any move towards giving up even trivial sovereignty. It took...
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...
Right-Wing Populist Parties Gaining Support Across Europe. Are the EU Leaders Running Out of Time to Respond to Growing Concerns? The day after the Vienna elections, the beaming faces of the incumbent Mayor Michael Häupl (SPÖ) and his leading opponent Heinz-Christian Strache (FPÖ) greeted readers from the front pages of the Austrian dailies. Standing shoulder to shoulder, the Mayor held...
We’ve been getting great feedback from our readers over social media. Thanks very much for your thoughts, ideas and insights, and make sure to like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!To the EditorBenjamin Wolf (“No Country for Old Economists,” March 2016) wonders why the Austrian School of Economics “remains unpopular in its land of origin.” The answer is not hard to find....
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