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Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Editorial
Trump notwithstanding, America has been far more successful than Austria at making newcomers feel part of society. The key is approach: A fervent belief in the American dream and some broken English is often all it takes to be made welcome. And as long as you pledge your unequivocal allegiance to the stars and stripes, it’s perfectly acceptable – even...
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, Recently, I treated myself to Metropole. Chapeau, team, I’m absolutely delighted! I like the mix of topics; from a student’s guide to discounts and a blog post “How to get punk...
austrian republic
Austria’s path from the heart of an empire to a resilient republic was a stony one. It’s the story of a country finding its identity. The Great War had begun with banners flying, with proud young soldiers in crisp uniforms marching off to heroism and the promise that they would be back by Christmas. At home, families were mobilized in support, volunteering in hospitals, writing letters and buying war bonds...
Kahlenberg
Charm is an elusive quality, a mix of beauty, setting, an appeal to the heart. Something precious. Even in Vienna, it should never be taken for granted. Hence the fears over the fate of the Café-Restaurant Cobenzl on the Kahlenberg. Longtime manager Olaf Auer was finally evicted by the City of Vienna in March, after a protracted legal battle, and...
good life
Why Vienna tops the rankings of the world’s most livable cities is about attitude as much as anything For the mild-mannered “Zettlpoet” Helmut Seethaler, The Good Life entails pasting tiny poems on Vienna’s trees and subway stations, defending his right to do so in the Austrian Supreme Court, and raising three children. He has earned little via his poetry hotline,...
“When I go back to my buildings and see how people interact with it – that’s the best present I could ask for.” In 2002, blue stickers began to appear around Vienna boldly claiming: “I cried here,” “I’m never here,” “I hid out here” – riffs on the “I was here” graffiti. The 22,000 stickers, which were distributed to anyone...
kern
Why the SPÖ leader rides his bike, has some enemies and is not to be envied. Let’s call it a really bad losing streak, not a personal failure. The SPÖ leader and Chancellor Christian Kern, who was celebrated at the beginning of his term, actually loses the election against his challenger Sebastian Kurz – who, for Kern, was half a...
airbnb
Going to unfamiliar places can be daunting. We spoke to a youth hostel manager, an explorer turned Airbnb host, a flight attendant and a tourism board manager to find out how they help you make the most of your trip Lebenskünstler Don’t ask Michael Fischer where he’s from. It’s one of his least favorite questions. After launching a short-term vacation rental...
colbert
CBS's Late Show host, Stephen Colbert came across rumors concerning the potential new U.S. ambassador to Austria, Patrick Park, longtime Trump supporter and concert pianist. As Colbert pointed out, the main qualifications for a position of such high esteem would to "be an expert in the history and customs, and to strengthen America's friendship with the European Union." Colbert...
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