Tag:opinion

Should the Viennese Really Take that Much Pride in Being Unfriendly?

No one can say Vienna is a sore loser. After Austrian media picked up the Expat Insider study’s City Index ranking Vienna the second least friendly city for expats, the “news” spread like wildfire.

Maria Theresia Is to Blame

In September, over 220,000 Viennese students went back to school. Some go willingly, some have to be dragged, but Austrian parents have a stock response to unwilling schoolgoers: Blame Maria Theresa

The Draft Dodgers

An expat muses on the virtues of fresh air.Before moving to Vienna in July 2001, I spent my final weeks in New York suffering through the witherin...

Rethinking Nationalism

At the root of Europe’s malaise is a philosophical paradox over what it means to be human.On a summer afternoon in 1991 soon after the collapse ...

(No) Pity for Christian Kern

Why the SPÖ leader rides his bike, has some enemies and is not to be envied.Let’s call it a really bad losing streak, not a personal failure. Th...

Servas, Michi!

After a quarter century, Vienna’s popular Mayor Michael Häupl leaves behind a city more prosperous, international and innovative – yet still humane. T...

Opinion | How to Tame the Dangers of Democracy

Democracy, for all its flaws, may in fact be the best form of government. But there are many ways to improve itBy Peter Emerson...

Opinion | Can Germany Breed Solidarity in the EU?

For the European Union to work, its strong members must show solidarity with its weak members. Germany need to support the creation of a mechani...

Opinion | What’s to Come of the Neighborhood Beisl?

The closing of the beloved Café Industrie on the Margaretengürtel in May made headlines in ViennaA family Lokal handed down from mother to daugh...

Opinion | “Steigen Sie aus?”

Maybe it was the heat, maybe it was the crowd … but every time the U-Bahn rolled into the station, there it was“Steigen Sie aus?” (“Are you gett...

Opinion | The Failing Economy of Austro-Uber

The sharing economy promises cheap and easy fixes in a time of limited resources. But if you peek behind the facade, many business models look...

Opinion | Now? Forever?

With visitor numbers at an all time high, the Vienna Tourist Board rethinks the City’s image.Locals may not have noticed, but Vienna’s got a new...

Opinion | Kurz the Boy Wonder

When Sebastian Kurz was asked to be State Secretary for Integration in 2011, he was 24 years old. It was a new position, and then-ÖVP party chairman...

Opinion | The Politics of Women’s Clothing on Beaches and Billboards

The politics of women’s clothing in advertising A double billboard fills the end wall of an apartment house just off the Karmelitermarkt in Vienna’s ...

Opinion | What Macron Means for Europe

For voters battered by globalization, pro-Europeans must deliver growth – and jobs Emmanuel Macron’s decisive defeat of Marine Le Pen in the French p...

Opinion | Theresa May Rolls the Electoral Dice

An unelected Prime Minister seeks a public mandate for leadership and her Brexit strategy.A big election year for Europe just got bigger. With F...

Keeping Women on the Austrian Farm

To keep women on the land, things will have to change.One of the most successful programs in the history of ­Austrian television is a quirky dat...

Setting the Tone | Is Right-Wing Populism in Retreat in Europe?

A collective sigh of relief across Europe: With Norbert Hofer and Geert Wilders defeated at the polls, right-wing, anti-European populism appears to b...

What Lies Ahead for Café-Restaurant Cobenzl

Charm is an elusive quality, a mix of beauty, setting, an appeal to the heart. Something precious. Even in Vienna, it should never be taken for grante...

Opinion | 5 Reasons it Feels Better to Work in Austria

The grass is really greenerMany things draw Americans to Europe: family roots, the beauty, new perspectives, and of course romance. For me, this...

Opinion | How Putin’s Visit to Hungary has Changed the Game in Europe

An unspectacular visit by Vladimir Putin is an important measure of the growing pressures on a united EuropeOn February 2, Vladimir Putin arrive...

Opinion | How Tony Blair is Trying to Save Britain From Itself

Calling ‘the pain large, the gain illusory,’ the former PM’s last-ditch effort to undo BrexitTony Blair has just given Britain another chance.  ...

Opinion | Politics in the Sauna

In the current political climate, trust is at a premium. So Gerhard Kroiß (FPÖ), the deputy mayor of Wels in Lower Austria, decided it was time for th...

Opinion | The Melange Mentality

When Starbucks came to Vienna some 15 years ago – opening 21 shops in prime locations – many Viennese braced themselves for the graceless world of Ame...

Opinion | When in Winterland

We’re now well into winter. The last cinnamon breath of Christmas is a distant memory, and the glimmering promise of spring is still too distant to cl...

Opinion | Austrian Idol?

Amid the erosion of the political center, little Austria may be the unlikely champion to stem the surge of the far rightIf there is anything wor...

Opinion | (Fake) News of the World

How a small number of young eastern Europeans have managed to influence U.S politicsFake news has no borders. Last fall, in the flurry of debunk...

Opinion | Born-Again Facts

If the recent election has taught us anything, it’s that details do not matter anymore Trump rose to power not only by tapping into notions of helple...

Opinion | If You Don’t Look Good, We Don’t Look Good

Fashion’s dark side is cleverly disguised in fancy sets and luxurious outfits; Here are some pointers on how to survive the fake laughsIt’s been...

Opinion | Integration à la Suisse

It has happened so oftenSoon after their arrival in Austria, a refugee family makes a formal application for asylum and is assigned to a small t...

Opinion | Not the President’s men

Hardly has been there a time in recent years when the political tensions in Austria and America have been so similar, when both countries have been so...

It’s a Wonderful Life

Owning has given way to experiencing and people have started to care who makes their clothesBack in the 1990s, it seemed to me that the only way...

Opinion | The Luxury of Home

When the chips are down, how does a top-rated city give shelter to those who have lost everything? Recessions remind us that home is a luxury, the li...

Opinion | Girl Power Tames Poland’s Conservatives… for now

Women led protests against a government-backed plan to ban abortion. They are now center stage in Poland’s most important dispute since the end of com...

Opinion | The Ugly Truth

If you’ve been following the American election, this has been a very tumultuous month for women. The release of a ten-year-old tape showing Donald Tru...

Opinion | Mind the Gap

Sugar-coated English versions of Grimm's Fairy Tales usually end with a utopian promise: “And they lived happily ever after.” In the original German:...

Opinion | It Can’t Happen Here

Across Europe, liberal principles are under pressure, Austrian democracy must not be put at riskIn a few weeks, Austrians will again go to the p...

Education in Post-Communist CEE

What is the best role for government in higher education, hands-on or off the table?It might seem strange that a generation after the fall of th...

Teaching Thinkers

A revolution in school reform – finally!Austria’s new Education Minister Sonja Hammerschmid had barely taken office before she began ruffling fe...

Learning by Wearing

Thoughts from our expert on design, gadgets and joie de vivre.I remember the day I discovered that clothing told a story. It was in a dusty room...

Humanities and Human Resources

The implicit social contract of higher education bringing higher wages is compromised, with “overqualification” and underemployment a graduate’s night...

Once More, with Feeling

With contributions pouring in, Alexander Van der Bellen is out to win the Hofburg – again – and help set the tone for Europe’s future On a brilliantl...

Opinion | Globalization and its new Discontents

If globalization increases overall well-being, why have so many people become so hostile?Fifteen years ago, in Globalization and its Discontents...

Smooth Sailing

The Olympics in Rio didn’t provide Austrians with all that much cause for cheer. While it rains medals on the self-dubbed “sports nation” every winter...

From Rags to Tovariches

Amid all the EU’s troubles over refugees, Schengen and the common currency, it’s easy to forget that in one regard, the Union has been extremely succe...
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