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Tuesday, January 23, 2018
letters to the editor
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!To the Editor,Metropole has been a very welcome gain to my monthly reading list. I am always looking forward to reading the very well-edited issues that explore topics in such a way that...
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...
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...
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...
The U.S. presidential election is nigh. Many American citizens living abroad are scrambling to get their absentee ballots and mail them on time. But is it worth the price of postage?When I was assigned to write a short article about absentee voting for the October 2016 print edition of Metropole, I hesitated at first. My disillusionment with the American...
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 EditorBenjamin Wolf (“No Country for Old Economists,” March 2016) wonders why the Austrian School of Economics “remains unpopular in its land of origin.” The answer is not hard to find....
Q: How can my child best learn our host country’s language?A: I asked Zwetelina Ortega, a language consultant dealing with this potentially overwhelming topic and herself a parent of third-culture children, to provide some guidance.Ortega encourages parents to immerse their children in the host country’s language. She cites research studies that claim bilingualism will benefit their future social and...
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...
Austria’s refugee crisis has not only polarized the political landscape,  it has split the country’s ruling party right down the middle As every seasoned police officer knows, fights within families are among the most unpleasant confrontations on the beat.  As tempers escalate, ancient animosities come spilling out, household implements become lethal weapons and the basic social unit – the family...
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