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Following the Brexit vote, two EU agencies are poised to leave London. Amidst cutthroat competition, Vienna is a prime contenderAs the Brexit negotiations drag on, the downside for Britain only becomes clearer. Now, two London-based agencies – the European Medicines Agency (EMA) and European Banking Authority (EBA) – are pulling up stakes. For European cities, the race is on. The EU has 37 agencies...
Austrian election
On October 15, Austrians will head to the polls to elect a new parliament – in the most elaborate piece of theater the Alpine Republic has on offerIt’s late September and posters of high drama, in vivid colors, suddenly appear all over Vienna. They show heroic poses and arcane tokens, heralding tales of intrigue and passion, power and righteousness....
unesco world heritage
Cities bask in UNESCO world heritage status. But what happens if it conflicts with modern city planning?When Vienna’s Historic Center was officially added to the list of World Heritage Sites in December 2001, mayor Michael Häupl called it a “milestone” in the city’s history. It was unusual, that the center of a thriving, growing metropolis of nearly two million...
sebastian kurz
The ascent of Austria’s 30-year-old Foreign Minister marks a dramatic departure in the country’s politics, reflecting an important shift across Europe.Last December, a sigh of relief could be heard from Vienna to Brussels when the Green Party’s Alexander Van der Bellen defeated Norbert Hofer of the far right Freedom Party (FPÖ) in the Austrian presidential election. It seemed as...
Viktor Orbán Central European University
Prime Minister Orbán’s assault on the Central European University has become a flash point in the struggle between democracy and nationalism in the EU By Nicolas Kristen & Benjamin WolfIt is hard to remember today the euphoria and optimism that swept through Central Europe following the fall of the Iron Curtain. With the suffocation of soviet communism lifted, open societies...
Michael Häupl
Vienna’s eternal mayor Michael Häupl is under mounting pressure to step down. And the squeeze is coming from within his own partyThe basic chronology is easily told, an everyday drama of dinosaurs, foxes and family feuding. The stage is the Rotes Rathaus, the seat of Vienna’s city and provincial government and a bastion of the social democrats, as it...