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Vienna
Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Why Vienna's city government has completely reorganized itself and what it has to do with the FPÖ, expats and international managers It 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...
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...
Mayor Michael Häupl
After a quarter century, Vienna’s popular Mayor Michael Häupl leaves behind a city more prosperous, international and innovative – yet still humane. That’s saying a lot. The 1st of May marked a revival of sorts for Vienna’s SPÖ, as some 120,000 people showed up for the party’s annual Labor Day love fest – by far the largest crowd in recent...
Western Balkan countries have made significant progress since the 1990s, when ethnic violence tore the region apart. But that progress is fragile without EU membership. On January 16, Serbian and Kosovar leaders met in Brussels for confidence-building talks. But, on that same day, the Kosovo Serb minority leader Oliver Ivanović was shot dead in the Serb-administered section of Mitrovica, in...
One generation after the miraculous Velvet Revolution brought down totalitarianism, Central Europe is still dealing with its legacy – and seeking to preserve the spark of the Prague Spring. Although it’s nearly 30 years since the end of Communism in then Czechoslovakia, the ghosts of that era are still haunting politics in today’s Czechia. “The Velvet Revolution that brought an...
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,...
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...
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...
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,...
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