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...
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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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 ...
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 “mi...
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...
As America turns inward, the enormously ambitious program once described as the “most enligthened self-interest in history” has a positive impact still today In times when transactional politics is dominating international relations and Washington seems to have abandoned global – political and moral – leadership, it is worthy to recall an era when the U.S. […]
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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...
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 […]
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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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