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Sunday, October 21, 2018
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...
Michael Häupl
Vienna’s eternal mayor Michael Häupl is under mounting pressure to step down. And the squeeze is coming from within his own party The 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...
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...
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. came to the rescue of...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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,...
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