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Vienna
Monday, February 18, 2019
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 recommended abstaining from communication with "critical media," stating that certain newspapers should be avoided and only engaged with...
Jewish Vienna
Our community is small, but thriving. Ever more diverse, Vienna's Jews are making waves on every level By Sara Friedman & Benjamin Wolf Silently, the breadcrumbs slipped back into the deep woolen pockets. They were supposed to feed the fish in the Donaukanal on a cold autumn day. But this time, it was different for the small group that gathered by...
army
For centuries, Austria’s military was the structure that held a sprawling collection of multi-ethnic territories together, perhaps a European Union before its time. It was 1315 and a crispy cold November day in the rugged mountains of the Swiss canton of Zug. A Habsburg force of 9,000 men led by Duke Leopold I in person was on a punitive expedition...
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 migrants some families with small children, huddled in the overcrowded Budapest Keleti pu railway station in dire conditions: There was...
christian kern
Or does Kern's new narrative play into the hands of the populists? There have been no bombs in Austrian cities. There are no policemen in body armor patrolling the streets. Yet Trump-style talk of sealing borders is commonplace, and Austria’s “tough guy” Federal Minister for the Interior, Wolfgang Sobotka (left), bears a certain resemblance to Viktor Orbán, the Hungarian leader...
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 Wolf It 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...
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 are cut off due to roads that are snowed under. Authorities suggest to stay away from many mountain...
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 Austrians so upset about this? It all started when 33-year-old Sigrid Maurer, a former MP for the Greens,...
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 offer It’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....
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