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Friday, December 14, 2018
Kosovo
Europe’s youngest country has had a tough start to its hard-won independence, but projects backed by Austria are helping bring hope to the west Balkans. Flandrit Krasniqi, a 16-year-old Kosovar in a spotless lab coat, hands me a glass of luxuriously creamy strawberry juice that has been freshly pressed out on an elaborate stainless steel contraption. We’re in the glistening high-tech...
gay in Austria
The LGBT scene has experienced a surge of acceptance in Austria, but it took a while to get here and equality is not yet a reality. Tall and tan and young and handsome, the boys crowding the two floors of the Why Not club disco, hidden away in Vienna’s Tiefer Graben, eagerly await the Eurovision fanfare. The atmosphere is joyous and...
sebastian kurz
The ascent of Austria’s 30-year-old Foreign Minister marks a dramatic departure in the country’s politics, reflecting an important shift across Europe. Last December, a sigh of relief could be heard from Vienna to Brussels when the Green Party’s Alexander Van der Bellen defeated Norbert Hofer of the far right Freedom Party (FPÖ) in the Austrian presidential election. It seemed as...
womens clothing
The politics of women’s clothing in advertising A double billboard fills the end wall of an apartment house just off the Karmelitermarkt in Vienna’s 2nd district, heralding the beginning of summer with luscious posters of fruit smoothies and Italian beach wear. Ads always make things look good: Juicy berries and pineapple fitted with bending straws, stylish swimsuits painted onto the...
Design
Art and design are at the center of a semantic battle. Design can serve the purpose of making things attractive, easy to use, evocative, or simply functional. But unlike fine art, with design, there’s a mission, a problem to be solved. Some in the fine art community look down on design as a lesser form of expression; not free...
wanderlust
Exploring the Austrians’ love for traveling In early 2009, five months pregnant, I listened in astonishment as my Austrian guy announced he needed to travel to Tibet for a project that involved mountain climbing. I reported this to my British friend Dave. Dave looked at me skeptically. “Austrian dude. Pregnant woman, climbing the Himalayas … Isn’t that Seven Years in Tibet?” I gasped. It was...
Marion Payr
Austrian Marion Payr talked to editor-in-chief Margaret Childs on the evolving world of social media, trends in travel and why Vienna is the best city to come home to. Marion Payr has one of the most followed Instagram accounts in Austria and belongs to the tiny group of “influencers” (social media personalities with wide reach) who have managed to make...
solar eclipse
“It’s difficult to make predictions,” the great Danish physicist Niels Bohr liked to say, “especially about the future” – a proverb that captured quite elegantly the gap between what is real and what we can prove. So Bohr hung a horseshoe over his door for luck. As the evidence of climate change piles up all around us, the remaining cosmic truths can...
green party
With the Greens absorbed in internecine warfare, the prospects for a progressive left agenda look increasingly dim With just a month until the parliamentary elections, the Greens are in disarray. Since the first of the year, their support has dropped by half in public polling. In May, they exchanged one unpopular leader for another, swapping out Eva Glawischnig for EU parliamentarian...
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