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Saturday, January 20, 2018
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...
editorial once more
With contributions pouring in, Alexander Van der Bellen is out to win the Hofburg – again – and help set the tone for Europe’s future On a brilliantly sunny day in early August, Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen set off with a group of reporters and photographers over the mountain paths of the Kaunerberg, wedged between Italy and...
April is the cruelest month according to T.S.Eliot, but he’d obviously never been to Vienna, at least not in the spring.Although March 1 is the earliest official date to roll out the sidewalk cafe seating, the Schanigärten, it’s in April that they really start to unfurl onto the city streets, like the carpets of Maiglöckchen on the forest floor.But...
learning wearing
Thoughts from our expert on design, gadgets and joie de vivreI remember the day I discovered that clothing told a story. It was in a dusty room as a first year fashion student, listening to a professor tell us that in the 20th century, practically all high fashion originated in Paris. Other countries sent their editors there to buy,...
Emmanuel Macron
For voters battered by globalization, pro-Europeans must deliver growth – and jobs Emmanuel Macron’s decisive defeat of Marine Le Pen in the French presidential runoff was a major victory for liberal Europe. But it was a battle, not a war. The idea that one in three French citizens would vote for the National Front’s Le Pen was inconceivable only a...
op-ed
Breaking its election promises, a Tory government has left expat Britons out in the coldDisenfranchisement is an ugly word. As a UK citizen without a vote in my own country, I feel cheated. I’m a fully paid-up, urban middle class British liberal, tolerant and open-minded, slightly under-done pink in the middle. I even have friends who wear skinny black...
integration
It has happened so oftenSoon after their arrival in Austria, a refugee family makes a formal application for asylum and is assigned to a small town in the countryside through the Red Cross. The community embraces them, offering help both practical and personal – a place to live, translation, paperwork and language classes. A volunteer stops by regularly to...
face veil ban
While banning the face veil may be within Europe’s rights, is it the right thing to do?First, let’s get one thing straight, the niqab, and the burqa are not the same thing. While both are additions to the hijab, a general term used to describe covering of the head, face or body out of modesty, the niqab covers the...
kern kurz strache
The dangerous dance with Kern, Kurz and StracheThe image alone must have sent a shiver through the souls of decent chardonnay socialists, to see their chieftain consorting with the Klassenfeind (archenemy). Yet in July 2016 Christian Kern, freshly minted chancellor and chairman of the ruling Social Democrats (SPÖ) did indeed invite the Freedom Party’s (FPÖ) H.C. Strache to his office...
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