role-players at Comic Con in Vienna
A growing number of conventions and groups prove that dressing up doesn’t have to end when you grow up. It’s undeniable: Nerd culture has moved into the mainstream. The gaming industry is bigger than Hollywood, Korean pop music is a global phenomenon, and the world’s richest man is a computer scientist who started an online […]
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In an increasingly gamified world, it matters who controls your character.
EU elections for European Parliament
As the EU elects its Parliament in May 2019, political groups seek a clear identity along with a changing continent. It is a rainy Friday night, and Ulises is sitting with his girlfriend Laura at a winebar at the Naschmarkt in Vienna. Ulisesis from Madrid and Laura from Vienna, where both of them live and […]
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The Alps have become an extremely dangerous area in the past couple of days. Heavy snowfall and avalanches have led the authorities to issue the highest danger warning, level five, while hundreds of residents and tourists are trapped in villages that...
The OSCE in Vienna monitors elections around the world. Its report on the US midterms found the elections to be just as fair as those in the ex-Soviet Republic of Georgia It may seem arrogant for an organization operating out of little Austria to be monitoring the US midterm elections. Is Austria, an absolutist monarchy […]
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press freedom is declining in Central Europe
With press freedom declining across Central Europe, Austrians have to stay vigilant to defend the rights of journalists. Poland is under siege. So is Hungary. The forces arrayed against our proud, confident nations are numerous, sly and insidious. But fear not! A strong and sovereign Poland, a strong and sovereign Hungary will overcome these ordeals […]
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On October 9, an Austrian judge hands down a controversial verdict. A young woman, called Sigrid Maurer, has to pay €4,000 to Albert Lastufka, the owner of a craft beer shop. The allegations: defamation. But what happened and why are so many Austrian...
On September 24, some troubling news broke: News outlets like Kurier and Der Standard published a leaked email that was sent from within the Interior Ministry to the press offices of the regional directors of the Austrian Federal Police. The memo rec...
Political Map
From welcoming refugees to protecting borders, the question of how to best deal with migration is vexing Europe. The dramatic pictures that splashed across tablets and TV screens will linger long in the memories of Europeans: Hundreds, even thousands, of refugees, some families with small children, huddled in the overcrowded Budapest Keleti pu railway station […]
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