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Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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...
Frauen*Volksbegehren
Ten days after the official start of the Frauen*Volksbegehren – the petition for a referendum on women’s rights – organizers reported breaking the required 100,000 signature mark. Amazing? Yes. An easy win? No.The road to victory was paved with technical difficulties, both for Handysignatur (mobile phone) voters and those who flocked to the Magistrat. A technical overload crashed the...
political tension austria america
Hardly has been there a time in recent years when the political tensions in Austria and America have been so similar, when both countries have been so vulnerable Amidst anger and fear that are nearly unbearable, half the population is terrified by the other half’s choice of a president, convinced that the country is doomed for the years to come.But...
With Central European governments constantly changing the rules, it has become impossible for families or businesses to plan for the futureA quarter century might seem like a long time, surely time enough to plan to pay off a mortgage or save into private pension account. Not so in post-communist Central European countries, where any change of government could bring a...
face veil ban
While banning the face veil may be within Europe’s rights, is it the right thing to do?First, let’s get one thing straight, the niqab, and the burqa are not the same thing. While both are additions to the hijab, a general term used to describe covering of the head, face or body out of modesty, the niqab covers the...
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...
Closing Europe’s borders is not the solution to the refugee crisis, but it might help open a real discussion about it.by Dardis McNamee and Gregory WeeksOn January 18th, the eve of the EU Asylum Summit in Vienna, Austria’s Chancellor Werner Faymann announced that Austria would be suspending the Schengen Agreement and policing its borders again.It has been an agonizing turn-around...
Britain, our role model in language, constitutional law, education and business, would gradually feel farther and farther awayI want to encourage my children to learn English, although they are not always as enthusiastic as I would wish.  So this year I am taking them for the first time to London, to show them the cradle of that global language,...
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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