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Friday, December 14, 2018
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...
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...
editorial
Austrian football fans have reason to celebrate. Against all odds, their team has not only qualified for the European Championship, but is also taken as a serious contender in a group with Portugal, Iceland and Hungary – a first in the modern history of Austrian football. Not, however, if one looks further back. In the early 1900s, footballers from across...
Elfriede Jelinek
While others may debate whether art is, or should be, political, Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek has never been in doubt. Through much of her work, she has portrayed the pathologies she saw in post-war Austria, suffocating under a conspiracy of silence, an inability to confront its role in the horrors of National Socialism. She saw this as a society-wide denial...
sebastian kurz
When Sebastian Kurz was asked to be State Secretary for Integration in 2011, he was 24 years old. It was a new position, and then-ÖVP party chairman Michael Spindelegger knew he was taking a chance. So did Kurz. “I was downright shocked,” he told journalist Edda Graf in a recent interview. He still hadn’t completed his law degree. “I...
Closing Europe’s borders is not the solution to the refugee crisis, but it might help open a real discussion about it. by Dardis McNamee and Gregory Weeks On January 18th, the eve of the EU Asylum Summit in Vienna, Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann announced that Austria would be suspending the Schengen Agreement and policing its borders again. It has been an agonizing turn-around...
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...
op-ed globalization
If globalization increases overall well-being, why have so many people become so hostile? Fifteen years ago, in Globalization and its Discontents, I described growing opposition in the developing world to globalizing reforms. Now, globalization’s opponents in the emerging markets and developing countries have been joined by tens of millions in the advanced countries. Opinion polls show that trade is among the...
What is it like to have fear of heights in a mountainous country? Austrians have absolutely no understanding for this. So how to get over it? By sucking it up and skiing, and falling, and skiing, and falling, and skiing again until I didn’t fall I’ll never forget my first time on an Alpine lift, in Kitzbuhel. Halfway up, I...
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