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Friday, December 14, 2018
EBA
Following the Brexit vote, two EU agencies are poised to leave London. Amidst cutthroat competition, Vienna is a prime contender As 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...
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 until 1918 and a fascist...
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...
balkans
Can Austria help bring Southeastern Europe into the EU’s fold? After all, as State Chancellor Klemens von Metternich knew, “the Balkans begin at Rennweg” In July 2018, Austria will again assume the European Union presidency, just as enlargement comes back on the agenda. Many in Europe still think expansion matters, as European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker’s recent State of the Union made clear. “If we want more stability in our neighborhood, we...
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...
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...
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....
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...
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...
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