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Wednesday, July 18, 2018
international
A Russian expat investigates the local clichés and assumptions about her mega-rich countrymenTo tell the truth, I find no joy at all in telling people I’m Russian these days. After various changes in international politics (which I’m sure you all know about), I see no reason to invite a waterfall of stereotyped and prejudiced questions. Even in Vienna, a...
Wien is a city of international stature in multiple ways - but too many know nothing about it.Vienna has been a premier diplomatic capital for 200 years. From the Congress of Vienna in 1814 to the present day, no other city can compete with its consistent importance, with its well-established bridge-building role and as a seat of multilateral diplomacy.Austria...
empire republic austria
For the 100th anniversary of the demise of the Habsburg Empire and the forming of new states and territories in its place, we are embarking on a year-long reporting project.In autumn 1918, after four years of a grinding, devastating war, the Austro-Hungarian Empire was dissolved. What had once been one of the great powers of Europe was taken apart...
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bundesheer
The Bundesheer is the nation’s stepchild, unloved and underfed. But it is a respected international player and may have found its new role.Today’s Austrian army, the Bundesheer (BH), is a military minnow: 15,000 professional soldiers, 18,000 draftees, 7,000 civilians and 25,000 Miliz (reservists). It’s a strange beast, an army that never fights, a conscription force with too few conscripts,...
The countries of Europe are faced with tidal waves of newcomers, bringing with them different values, unfamiliar cultures, and untried skills that must now be factored into daily lifePicture a room: Twenty-two young men, six chairs, four whiteboards, no desks. And a young woman. The men, aged 16 to 25, are from Afghanistan and Iraq, Syria and Pakistan, Iran and Morocco. The woman,...
headlines in Vienna
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of what everyone's been talking about in Vienna and beyond Trial Begins for Death of 71 Refugees The trial against the traffickers indicted for the death of 71 refugees begins on June 21 in Hungary. In August 2015, police discovered the decomposing bodies in a parked truck in Burgenland, Austria (Metropole reported in October 2015). One day after the...
Editor's Letter
Define smartIt’s hard to grumble in Vienna. Public transportation runs on time, a woman can safely walk home at night, the cycling paths make sense, there are parks and play-grounds within walking distance and if you lose something, chances are you’ll get it back. As a New Yorker, I laugh when people use the word “traffic” to describe mild...
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