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Saturday, October 20, 2018
Heumarkt
Vienna has traded their skyline to improve the Wiener Eislaufverein and other public spaces in the area. But at what cost? In this proud old city, the prospect of tearing down a familiar landmark for a high gloss commercial development feels a bit like your mother getting a facelift: Must you? Really? On the Heumarkt Project, a new high-rise hotel and luxury apartment complex...
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...
Pets
The Viennese love their pets under and their meaty schnitzel on the table. A report on the animals we cuddle and those we devour An elderly lady is walking by Schwedenplatz, followed closely by her golden retriever. She stops at a sausage stand to buy a Käsekrainer sausage in a bun and sits down on a shady bench to enjoy...
helga haselmayer
Head of special needs care at the Haus der Barmherzigkeit (HABIT), an assisted-living facility.   It is easy to see why Helga Haselmayer is good at her job. Kind and patient, the 47-year-old has been developing her approach towards interacting with others for almost 30 years. It’s about attitude, openness and having an almost innate approachability and, of course, “being a...
austrian news february 2018
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of recent headlines in Vienna. The FPÖ Battles Austria’s Public Broadcaster & History The new year for the new government started with controversies centered on vice-chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache’s Freedom Party (FPÖ), the junior partner in the new ruling coalition with the Conservatives (ÖVP). The FPÖ has long been targeting Austria’s public broadcaster ORF, accusing it of biased reporting. Now, two incidents have ratcheted up the pressure. In January,...
Hatschen
To be truly integrated in Vienna there are certain terms no dictionary or Deutschkurs will properly explain. But you’re no stranger, so here’s this month’s cheat sheet.   HATSCHEN     verb to march arduously, to slog, plod or trudge; can also mean to limp and, by extension, to strut (comparable to “pimp walk”). Generally a term for when you don’t feel like walking,...
sebastian kurz
When Sebastian Kurz was asked to be State Secretary for Integration in 2011, he was 24 years old. It was a new position, and then-ÖVP party chairman Michael Spindelegger knew he was taking a chance. So did Kurz. “I was downright shocked,” he told journalist Edda Graf in a recent interview. He still hadn’t completed his law degree. “I...
The Vienna chapter of the Women’s March on Washington was a flashback to 1960s activism by Caroline Stevenson & Dardis McNamee It was Saturday, January 21, the day after the inauguration of Donald J. Trump as the 45th president of the United States. In Vienna, as in Washington DC, Paris, London and some 50 cities around the world, women (and men) were...
hermann fankhauser
One half of the design team behind Wendy&Jim and Professor at the Academy of Applied Arts, Hermann Fankhauser stole some time on his flight from Paris to answer 10 questions 1. Who taught you the skills you have today? My biggest teacher and counterpoint is certainly Helga Ruthner, my partner of our label Wendy & Jim. But there have been many...
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