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Saturday, January 20, 2018
Letters to the Editor
We’ve been getting lots of feedback from our readers over social media. Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!IN RESPONSE TO: “Ambassador to Vienna’s Vacationists”It was rather disappointing to read Mr. Kettner’s criticism of Prague, especially given his position as “Ambassador to Vacationists.” Vienna is not Prague, and Prague is...
opinion
Women led protests against a government-backed plan to ban abortion. They are now center stage in Poland’s most important dispute since the end of communismBasia and her boyfriend Maciek aren’t usually interested in political protests. But this one is different because it’s about abortion, so it concerns them directly. Two years ago, they traveled to Slovakia to abort a...
What's in a name? As a result of the increased influx of Syrians and Afghans into Europe in 2015, a political discussion has begun about whether those taking risky paths to Europe are refugees or migrants, and the news media frequently use the terms interchangeably.In this case, terminology is everything. These words do not mean the same thing and should...
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...
Opinion
Fashion’s dark side is cleverly disguised in fancy sets and luxurious outfits; Here are some pointers on how to survive the fake laughsIt’s been 10 years since I entered the fashion circus and much like the glitter and magic of the big top, the world of fashion works hard to look as good as it does. Let’s take a...
democracy
Democracy, for all its flaws, may in fact be the best form of government. But there are many ways to improve itBy Peter EmersonFollowing the elections on October 15, Austria’s political parties are now jostling to form another coalition government. Germany too is facing the challenge of cobbling together a coalition of three different parties with three very different...
public transport ubahn vienna
Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the crowd … but every time the U-Bahn rolled into the station, there it was“Steigen Sie aus?” (“Are you getting out?”) asked a frantic voice. I mumbled an apology and flattened myself against the divider.Yes, yes, Vienna public transit is the best in the world… But that doesn’t stop its passengers...
Sebastian Kurz
On Saturday, July 1st, in a muted and highly uncontested leadership election in Linz, Austria, 30-year-old Sebastian Kurz secured 98.7 percent of the vote to head the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) before October’s elections.A mere three days later, the headlines surrounding Kurz were far less flattering. A scandal surrounding a study on religious kindergartens was added to whispers of...
unplugging
Summer in the mountains is a world apart: Here, the air is thick with smells of moist earth, acacia and wild honeysuckle. On a cloudless day, the light is clear and shimmering, the night sky a cascade of stars. There is no ambient urban glow, no hum of passing traffic. Instead, the background is a warble of finches and yellow...
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