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Saturday, July 21, 2018
Be a diplomat
The ultimate dream jobs in public service take patience, persistence and good language skills. If you’re lucky, you even get to save the worldAdditional reporting by Jennifer Cornick Forget the glamor and intrigue of Hollywood diplomats. For most, the Foreign Service means navigating the perils of protocol amid marathon meetings and mountains of mind-numbing reports. And very occasionally, the haphazard...
urban zen
Finding ways to take it easy in the city bustle can give you new strength in health and spiritIt’s Monday; you wake up to a leak in your kitchen and a panicked email from your boss. Your heart rate escalates, your mind clouds over… and it’s only 7:30 AM. The melee of modern life rarely slows long enough for you...
How to... Fund your startup
Navigating your startup safely through Austria’s bureaucracy is tricky. Fortunately, a multitude of subsidies can give you a strong tailwindBureaucracy is a high art in Austria. Imported, no doubt, with the “red tape” that bound court documents in 16th-century Habsburg Spain, and centralized in the 18th under Maria Theresia to hold her far-flung empire together, Austria has long been...
stop domestic violence
When love goes bad, many cases of violence go unreported. Here is how Vienna offers support for victims and familiesThink of five women you know. Chances are one has experienced physical violence and two have been psychologically abused in a relationship.In a 2014 EU study, interviews with 42,000 women confirmed that 1 in 3 women in Austria are psychologically...
American Refugee
Dear Democrats:We are sorry you lost your country, displaced by rampant factionalism, ubiquitous guns and powers beyond your control. We also fully understand why you would be in a hurry to leave all the hate and misogyny behind, crashing the Canadian immigration’s website on election night. But take courage – Austria welcomes you! We realize you were probably intending...
At the 2015 UK General Election, almost 106,000 overseas electors registered to vote - three times the number at the previous election. While this is a real improvement, it is still a fraction of the 5.5 million UK citizens estimated to be living overseas.Many of the roughly 10,000 UK citizens living in Austria could miss out on their chance...
Fear of Big-Data snoops sifting through your chat history, photo streams, and following your private trips across town?Greta Garbo understood about privacy: She didn't want to "be" alone, as the Hollywood myth-makers would have it. “I want to be left alone," she insisted – a  request that is becoming harder and harder to satisfy in these days of data-hungry apps.Thankfully, there...
Austrians are notoriously risk-averse and have been big fans of savings accounts, but how do they invest?All over the world, investors, bankers and financial experts are shrugging their shoulders. No one seems to know what the markets are up to, let alone where they are headed. Is this the calm before the storm? When will the ECB raise interest...
lower carbon footprint
Want to go greener? Be like a Wiener! An introduction to the eco-friendly habits of the VienneseIn many parts of the industrialized world, living ecologically has become trendy. While often impractical, it’s the “right thing” to do, and very hip.In Austria, it’s about being “konsequent” – a word tricky to translate into English. It’s an adjective that conveys concerted...
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