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Sunday, October 21, 2018
Austrian News
A quick-and-dirty synopsis of last month’s Austrian News. The Viennese (Anti-)Terror Wall Austrian tabloid media – and journalist pundits on Twitter – were up in arms last month about construction in front of the Federal Chancellery and the Office of the President on Ballhausplatz. Dubbed “terror wall” by indignant observers, they railed against a project, conceived of in March 2015 and...
FOREIGN DOGS, KEEP OUT! Gottfried Waldhäusl, FPÖ state councilor for Lower Austria, expressed concerns over dogs with a migrant background while discussing security policies. “I am glad the FPÖ finally found its core competence: the closure of dangerous dog routes,” one user reacted online. The Freedom Party claims that these dogs often occupy limited space at local animal shelters that would...
medical care
What do Mozart, Alpine Skiing, and Austrian Healthcare Have in Common? They are all sources of immense national pride. Everyone in Austria has access to comprehensive medical care, and around 90% of the population rate the system as very good or quite good. But no policy could call itself Austrian if it did not come with a healthy dose of...
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...
katharina moser
Growing up with a diverse cultural background can be a challenge, but also a gift. These four people have made diversity their ally If we want things like the EU to work on a political and economic level, we really have to start on an emotional level. It was like a scene out of L’Auberge Espagnole: At 18, Katharina Moser was...
spanish riding school vienna
“The relationship with the horse is often even better than the one with a spouse. We have to both work together and have fun together.” The packed house waited eagerly for the stars to arrive. Taking photos was forbidden. As the performers slowly entered one by one to ceremonial music, every movement was met with applause. The “show” was the...
austrians love hate germans
Austria and Germany share a troubled past, the (almost) same language – and are still worlds apart “Eine Tüte, bitte!” – a casual request at a supermarket checkout – is social suicide for a German in Vienna. For the clueless visitor from the north, Tüte and Sackerl may appear to mean the same thing, i.e. shopping bag. But for a...
An expat muses on the virtues of fresh air Before moving to Vienna in July 2001, I spent my final weeks in New York suffering through the withering heat and humidity typical of a Big Apple summer. Even on its deafening, top setting, the window-unit air conditioner struggled to keep my 30m2 apartment under 30°C. I packed like a man...
Trevor Traina
U.S. President Donald Trump has nominated a new ambassador to Austria, a position that has been vacant for nearly a year since the departure of Alexa Wesner. Trevor Traina, the 49 year old philanthropist, art collector and serial tech entrepreneur who founded CompareNet is currently CEO of IfOnly, an e-commerce platform targeting high-income American consumers with ‘Unique Experience Gifts and...
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