The European Court of Justice ruled (January 22nd)  that Austria is guilty of discrimination on the grounds of religion, as under the county’s law, Good Friday is the luxury of only four minority churches. Following a complaint made by Private Detect...
The holiday season may be over, but winter is not – so bundle up on the sofa! There’s a mix of great shows and movies coming up. SITCOM Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt Directed by comedian Tina Fey, the fourth and final season of Kimmy Schmidt’s misad...
Your Voice in the EU With a lot of heated campaigning buzzing around its ears, the European Union's parliament elections are set to take place in May 2019. Austria's candidates include the current EU representative, ÖVP's Othmar Karas as well as S...
Kurz meets Trump
Austrian chancellor Sebastian Kurz described his meeting with United States president Donald Trump Wednesday as “very disputatious” in an interview with ORF’s Armin Wolf. Kurz flew to Washington D.C. earlier this week in order to meet with Trump, ...
Trieste
The Adriatic’s window to Mitteleuropa, Trieste flares with Viennese charm and Italian flavor. Vienna, for all its charms, does lack one thing: a seaside. For someone who grew up near the coast, the absence of salt in the air can be disheartening, ...
Austrian Business
Engines in India, cable cars in La Paz, logistics on the Silk Road – Austrian technology and exports are at an all-time high. The old station building in the Estación Central is still standing, but the tracks have already been torn up and the trai...
City of women belvedere
Vienna’s female artists get some long overdue time in the limelight at the Lower Belvedere. Three women gaze down from the wall: One in a red dress with short, dark brown hair sipping a glass of red wine, another in a long, free-flowing dress an...
Christophe Slagmuylder, the new artistic director of the Wiener Festwochen
Christophe Slagmuylder, the new artistic director of the Wiener Festwochen,  presents his first program.    In an arts-obsessed city like Vienna, the Wiener Festwochen,  the city’s premier cultural festival, carries  a lot of weight – something t...

News Monitor

WRONG SKILLS OR WRONG SKIN? “No one has to live out their days in Rohrbach,” headlined the daily Der Standard (06.02.19). How the 2,400 citizens of this pleasant little border town felt is not recorded – but it points up a truism...

News Monitor

Trouble in Lederhosen All the ingredients for a slow news day story were there: a much-loved local showbiz star, Nazi-accusations and some holier-than-thou Germans. Andreas Gabalier, Austrian “Volks-Rock-’n Roller” who sings rock ballads i...

News Monitor

European Elections Ahead When an entire continent goes to the polls, we should pay attention to what people have to say. From May 23-26, a new European Parliament will be elected for the next five years. Roughly 400 million EU ci...
BOOK PRESENTATION | From Empire to Republic It’s been 100 years since the Habsburg Empire dissolved into several new, independent republics. Over the past year, Metropole featured a different one of these successor states in ev...
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Robert Menasse The Capital
Robert Menasse’s award-winning The Capital is a dark but affectionate satire on the European idea. Robert Menasse has long been preoccupied with the implications of historical crisis for social cohesion. A provocative yet eloquent critic of the Au...
EU economic growth
Central Europe has experienced a soaring economy in the last two decades. Yet the disaffection of many shows the limits of what economic growth alone can achieve. Central Europe is thriving as never before in history. Any macroeconomic i...
Open Store Policy Closing shops on Sunday is so 19th century Every time I welcome someone to Vienna and give them my list of recommendations, I always end by saying, “Oh, and remember that next to nothing is open on Sund...
Vuillard The Order of the Day
In Éric Vuillard’s award-winning historical novel The Order of the Day, an absurd and tragic encounter seals Austria’s fate. The hour grows late and Austria’s dictatorial Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg arrives at the Eagle’s Nest, Adolf Hitler’s mo...
In A Rich Brew, Shachar Pinsker makes a convincing case for the role of cafés in fostering a golden age of Jewish culture. In any guidebook about Vienna, the Kaffeehaus holds a place of honor, a sort of people’s club, open to all, where the rich e...
YORI Vienna
In Yori authentic Korean cuisine takes the stage in Vienna as a veteran proudly looks on. One of my earliest memories as a child is making special excursions to New York City with my parents, my nose pressed against the window as I drank in all ...
Riding clubs vienna
In Vienna riding clubs, lessons, dressage, tracks and majestic horses are just a few bus stops away. Vienna is a city that revels in its past, with living tradition the order of the day. Here the clatter of Fiaker plying their trade in the 1st d...
Skopik & Lohn
Combining elegance and tradition with eclectic elements from world cuisine, Skopik & Lohn brings a casual, cosmopolitan vibe to fine dining.  For Viennese foodies, finding middle ground can be challenging. The city has its fair share of gourm...
The CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange, Christoph Boschan
The CEO of the Vienna Stock Exchange, Christoph Boschan, on financial literacy, sharing the wealth and north German Gemütlichkeit. Anyone who has done business in both Austria and Germany will tell you that the attitudes and approaches c...

Quotes

David Jandl
Forest Ranger “We’re very proud of the fact that the very concept of ‘sustainability’ originated from forestry.” If a tree falls in a forest, and no one’s there to hear it, does it make a sound? In David Jandl’s neck of the w...
Angela Köppl
Environmental Economist, Austrian Institute of Economic Research (WIFO) “Even though we were among the first movers towards sustainable growth, we are no longer the frontrunners.” In 1978, Austrians voted against nucle...
Herbert Schweiger
Director, Die Wiener Volkshochschulen “When the world is spinning faster than you are, you need help to keep moving forward – so you don’t go off course.” The German word Quereinsteiger is tough to translate into Engli...
Natalia Corrales-Diez
Founder, Fund of Excellence, Erste Group “Human capital is the oil of the 21st century. Ten years ago, it was all about big data. Now it’s about talent.” Natalia Corrales-Diez is a human angel. Attractive and poised, she easi...

The Code Makers

Liearning programming in vienna
Programmers are in high demand. Two Viennese are helping more women to close the digital gap. It’s going on 18:30, but the windows of the co-working space in the 3rd district are already brightly lit. It is still winter, so the sun goes ...
Vienna is a leading green city in Europe
Where Beethoven found inspiration for his Pastoral symphony and Schubert wrote his songs, a new initiative seeks answers to a sustainable future. With the opening strains of Beethoven’s Pastoral symphony, I close my eyes and imagine the burgeoning...

Our Daily Bread

Vienna bakeries
In Vienna, quality baked glossare more accessible than ever before. The challenge for bakers is to keep standards high, while still growing their businesses. In many cities, people line the sidewalks in the evening for the newe...
Austria environmental policies
Austria’s EU presidency met some important environmental goals. Its environmental policies at home, however, do not always stand the test. On July 1, 2018, Austria assumed the presidency of the Council of the European Union (EU) for the ...
growing up in Vienna
Coming of age in Vienna can be frightening, freeing and exhilarating at the same time - just like growing up. Arriving in Vienna at 14 was like being let out of a cage. At least that’s how I remember it: Set free in a paradise of jewelry...
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. Ul...
Timothy Snyder
In an age of confusion, historian and author Timothy Snyder looks to the past for a guide to the future of the West. On a pleasant evening in late October 2018, several dozen people filed into the meeting rooms of the famed Republikanischer Club,...
Austrian wine
The 2018 Austrian wines are defined by last year’s long summer and sweltering temperatures. Like love and moonlight, wine and sunshine go hand in hand, but too much of a good thing can be as harmful as too little. Many of the world’s best wines h...
Es Gibt Reis, Southeast Asian restaurant in Vienna
David Zoklits and André Spitzinger bring Southeast Asian flair to Josefstadt while paying homage to a German comedy legend. For a few years now, the 25-seat local favorite Es gibt Reis (There will be rice) in the 8th district has been a real godse...
Westbahnstraße
Vienna may not be quite as hip as Berlin – though not from lack of trying, as anyone who’s been to Westbahnstraße in the 7th district can attest. Armies of young and trendy 20- to 30-somethings roam here, slurping superfood smoothies and soy chai ...
Centennial of the Bundesgärten in Vienna
Austria’s Bundesgärten celebrate a century in bloom Michaela Rathbauer comes to work at 7 in the morning. First, she delegates the tasks for the day to the gardeners working under her, ensures they wear protective gear and then starts he...
Legal Services in the age of globalization
With law firms expanding globally, both opportunities and challenges arise for the practitioners Globalization has been a mixed blessing for law firms. The deepening integration of economic activities across countries and cont...
Maurizio Poletto, deigner of the George online banking app
In the first installment of our new series of how expats built their careers in Vienna, we talked to Maurizio Poletto, the designer behind Erste Bank’s acclaimed banking interface, George. As professional marketers and designers ...