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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
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...
op-ed
The left is in a crisis Across the pond, the presidential election ended in an upset after Democrats failed to convince their supporters to unite behind Mrs. Clinton, while dissidents flocked to both the Independent and Green parties.Still, the right-wing sweep in American politics pales compared to the Old Continent, where centrist and liberal parties have been fragmenting for years.The...
We’ve been getting great feedback from our readers over social media. Thanks very much for your thoughts, ideas and insights, and make sure to like us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter! To the EditorGreat article by Andrew Standen-Raz (“Private Lives”, MET, Feb. 2016). It seems like nowadays we are torn between the conveniences that the digital era has brought us and the...
Do the slogans and quips from U.S. elections stand up to the test of time? Test your meme-ory!This election has seen its fill of wacky catchphrases: from “Build the Wall!” to “Basket of Deplorables,” and (my personal favorite) “FFS, WTF IS HAPPENING WITH THIS WORLD?!!!!” – just a few that have sired more internet memes than can fit on...
Elfriede Jelinek
While others may debate whether art is, or should be, political, Austrian Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek has never been in doubt. Through much of her work, she has portrayed the pathologies she saw in post-war Austria, suffocating under a conspiracy of silence, an inability to confront its role in the horrors of National Socialism.She saw this as a society-wide denial...
brexit
Calling ‘the pain large, the gain illusory,’ the former PM’s last-ditch effort to undo BrexitTony Blair has just given Britain another chance.  Speaking at an Open Britain event in central London February 17, he announced a coordinated campaign to inform the British public of what leaving the European Union would really mean for them as individuals and for the country.“The people...
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...
luxury home
When the chips are down, how does a top-rated city give shelter to those who have lost everything? Recessions remind us that home is a luxury, the literal and metaphorical walls that both sustain and defend us against invaders. As summer gives way to biting easterly winds, the City of Vienna’s winter package for the homeless kicks in to welcome...
Eugene Quinn’s irreverent campaign to reimagine Vienna, and break down hidebound rules of tradeIf you stare at something long enough, it can start to give you ideas – at least that’s what happened to Eugene Quinn coming out of his front door on Karmelitermarkt every morning to gaze on the preposterous, new-age rainbow facade of the apartment building across...
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