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Saturday, July 21, 2018
For years, the bar at the Hotel Imperial was one of the spots for a late night drink – with an inconspicuous entrance off the Ringstraße, lush and intimate, with thick carpets, red satin, braided rope and Baroque, all the subdued, comfortable elegance of a club library.There were shared spaces and quiet corners, a round mahogany bar where you...
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...
fake news
How a small number of young eastern Europeans have managed to influence U.S politicsFake news has no borders. Last fall, in the flurry of debunked reports of fraudulent ballot boxes, coded emails and child-sex rings pushed by D.C.-based supporters of Donald J. Trump, an even more disturbing pattern was playing out much farther from home.Days before the U.S. election,...
Why Vienna's city government has completely reorganized itself and what it has to do with the FPÖ, expats and international managersIt 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...
Reports of the end of Austria’s post-war idyll have been greatly exaggerated. But this presidential election may finally be the turning point. For the first time, instead of the Social-Democrats (SPÖ) and Conservatives (ÖVP), a right-wing populist Norbert Hofer (FPÖ), and a former Green party leader Alexander Van der Bellen take the stage as presidential candidates. Austria – a...
austrians love hate germans
Austria and Germany share a troubled past, the (almost) same language – and are still worlds apart“Eine Tüte, bitte!” – a casual request at a supermarket checkout – is social suicide for a German in Vienna. For the clueless visitor from the north, Tüte and Sackerl may appear to mean the same thing, i.e. shopping bag. But for a...
It seems like a case of unintended consequences. Under enormous pressure from the public and simply the numbers themselves, Austrian Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner announced February 18 a fixed upper limit of 37,500 asylum applicants this year, 80 a day, until the limit is reached.A major new clearing center has been opened in Spielfeld, in southern Styria, and fences are going...
trams
Push the button, climb the high steps and plop yourself down on a polished wooden seat. The seat’s design has an inward slope, so with every twist and turn you slide back or to the side. The ticket validating machines make a funny noise when there’s a bump on the rails, and the signal bell clangs every so often...
Slaughtering the EU’s sacred cow could renew confidence in the UnionThroughout Europe’s refugee crisis, warnings have proliferated about the threat to the European Union’s precious Schengen Area of border-free travel. Indeed, the warning was heard again recently, as EU ministers thrashed out a late-night agreement on border policing and the relocation of refugees.But, at a time of diminished confidence...
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