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Sunday, April 22, 2018
We need to stop lionizing  start-up businesses simply because we like rooting for the underdog; the Davids over the Goliaths. Being an entrepreneur doesn’t  automatically make you an innovator, a disruptor, a pioneer, a hero, or a pirate. It simply means you’re a business. And while there’s nothing inherently evil about striking out on your own to make a living,...
The imposing townhouse at Berggasse 19, within spitting distance of both the canal and the Ring, is equally inspiring and worrying. Inspiring because former occupant Sigmund Freud shaped the public imagination of the 20th century as few others have. He gave us an entire vocabulary for talking about our interior lives. For some, his name is synonymous with Vienna. It’s...
European union
The centennial of the Great War is the clearest argument for why the European Union mattersIn May 1917 – 100 years ago this month – the first U.S. troops arrived in Europe to support the Allied forces in the Great War. Decisive to victory, their entry also sealed the fate of Austria-Hungary. American divisions tipped the balance on the...
Editorial
It’s election day and as these lines are being written, it’s too close to call. It may be just as well, as it doesn’t really matter who Austria’s next head of state will be. Whoever gets to spend the next six years in the Hofburg will inherit a deeply polarized electorate, antagonizing almost half of his constituency from day...
Coffee houses in Vienna
When Starbucks came to Vienna some 15 years ago – opening 21 shops in prime locations – many Viennese braced themselves for the graceless world of American consumerism. They need not have feared Within a few years, the company was in retreat to the malls and train stations where it is most at home.Now even the local knockoffs are reverting...
from our readers
We’ve been getting great feedback from our readers over social media. Thanks very much for your thoughts, ideas and insights! Check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter!IN RESPONSE TO: “How to ... Be an American Refugee in Austria”To the Editor,Why just Americans? Will they have special treatment? People in the U.K. have been trying to find places in...
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...
Letters to the editor
Many thanks for your thoughts, ideas and insights! If you have something to say about Vienna or a story you read here, tell us all about it. Send an email to office@metropole.at. And check us out on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.DEAR EDITORS OF METROPOLE:I read the article about ice-skating on the Alte Donau with great interest. Although I used to...
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...
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