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Cosying Up to the Iranians

Cosying Up to the Iranians

Iran has been dominating the news since the recent deal with western states, in which the Iranians agreed to limit their nuclear programme in exchange for reduced sanctions. But another side to Iran’s relationship to the West – its ties with Austria – has remained relatively invisible. This fall, Tehran became a hotspot for Austrian […]

New World Rebels at the Imperial Court

New World Rebels at the Imperial Court

When they met, Austria was a giant empire encountering a dwarf-like distant colony, barely independent and without many allies. Much has changed over the past 175 years.  As the U.S. Congress appointed William Lee in 1777 to be America’s first diplomatic representative to the Austrian-Hungarian court, imperial diplomats declined to recognise an upstart young nation […]

Austria’s Lost Generation

Austria’s Lost Generation

If there is one thing that gets Austrians riled up, it’s education. So with Education Minster Claudia Schmied retiring and new coalition talks under way, a draft for the new teacher’s employment law was circulated for comment. A mistake? A record-breaking response of 1,800, predominantly negative, comments flooded in – many of them from individual […]

Legends of the Fall: The Plight of the Pumpkin

Legends of the Fall: The Plight of the Pumpkin

In the United States, fall kicks off with a hulky man in a helmet sending a lemon-shaped pigskin careening into the air. But here in Austria, it’s with the sweet Sturm offered at every turn, as careening takes off on a far more personal level. Americans have their lager, but it just isn’t in the […]

Frankie Goes to Ottakring

Frankie Goes to Ottakring

At Brunnenmarkt in Ottakring you can get a kilo of ripe tomatoes or juicy peaches for €1 – a decent price, that makes Brunnenmarkt and nearby Yppenplatz popular with immigrants and young hipsters who enjoy their late-afternoon breakfast at one of the market restaurants.  Its melting pot character has also made the area a battleground […]

Mafia Sandwiches

Mafia Sandwiches

Through the dirty windows of an abandoned storefront at Seidengasse 31, you can just make out the dark shiny floor tiles and newly painted yellow walls. Only a couple of white boxes piled inside provide some clue of the former eatery Don Panino. Neighbors tell how the eatery used to sell pasta, olive oil and […]

Publications Coaxing a Click

Publications Coaxing a Click

After reading a piece on nytimes.com, the site suggests related articles. You click. The screen turns dark and a bright pop-up window appears: “You’ve reached the limit of 10 free articles per month.” You could pay the 99 cents to get unlimited access for the first four weeks, but you hesitate… When the internet became […]

Learning to Go With the Flow

Learning to Go With the Flow

Just 11 years after the “flood of the century” devastated parts of Upper and Lower Austria, Austrians once again felt the full destructive impact of a river system bloated to record levels. At the beginning of June at Korneuburg on Vienna’s western edge, the Danube reached a height of 7.93m with 10,600 cubic metres flowing […]

A New Brand of Luxury

A New Brand of Luxury

Not in Paris, London or Zurich; it was in the imperial splendours of Vienna’s Palais Liechtenstein that the Financial Times chose to host its annual “Business of Luxury” summit on 2-4 June. In a mirage of expensive scent, Chanel suits and flashing Rolexes, the power-brokers of the international luxury industry came to learn about the […]

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