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Austrian General Elections

        Campaigns we deserve, 15 Aug. by Christina Aumayr Political campaigning has started, and one can already draw some conclusions. The chancellor’s motto seems to be: as emotionless, as demagogic and non-committal as possible. That’s probably enough to secure the party’s pole position in autumn. So far, the SPÖ campaign engine has […]

Czech Political Turmoil

Czech Political Turmoil

      Populism coupled with a vendetta, 9 Aug. by Martin Ehl Twenty years after the Czech Republic became politically independent, comprehensive structural changes to the political system are taking place. The vote of no confidence against the cabinet of Prime Minister Jiří Rusnok, a protégé of President Miloš Zeman, and early elections [at […]

Salzburg Festival

Salzburg Festival

      See, something great is coming your way, 16 Aug. by Peter Hagmann The best thing about Salzburg is the cooking. The rumour cook-up. There the master cooks and top chefs are getting all worked up; they twist and turn over whatever can be twisted and turned over; throw in a statement and mix […]

Floods in Austria

Floods in Austria

      The Full Extent is Now Visible, 14 June by Eva Winroither It is a beautiful day in the Wachau, the hills glow green in the sun, the Danube flows quietly by, and even in the small village of Emmersdorf one hardly remembers that two weeks ago the entire community was under water. […]

Austria vs. Sweden

Austria vs. Sweden

    Austria Crushed Sweden 2-1, 7 June by Christian Hackl They did a lap of honour, and a second, then applauded themselves, and inhaled the affection of their audience. Austria’s national football team had just beaten the Swedish team 2-1 and fulfilled, even exceeded, their own and public expectations. The door to the World […]

Golan Heights Withdrawal

Golan Heights Withdrawal

    Due to Popular Pressure, 16 June by Stephan Löwenstein The decision by the Austrian government to withdraw the approximately 380 soldiers of the armed forces from the UN mission in the Golan Heights has initially been received   positively at home. The man in the street applauded. […] Only a handful of commentators […]

UN Mission on Golan Heights

UN Mission on Golan Heights

    Why Austria Should Hold its Position on the Golan Heights, 10 May by Christian Ultsch The UN can only be as strong as its members make it. On the Syrian Golan Heights the United Nations provide an increasingly lamentable impression. And that lies first and foremost at the feet of the states supplying […]

Greens for Government?

Greens for Government?

    Greens Press on Towards the Top, 15 May by Meret Baumann Austria’s Greens have long stood in the shadow of entrepreneur Frank Stronach’s new party in this significant election year. While the billionaire was guaranteed the attention of observers and the media, not least because of his unconventional campaigning and his decisive gains […]

Pesticides and Bees

Pesticides and Bees

      Policies for Hundi and Sumsi, 7 May by Renate Graber There is something to comparing people with animals. We are now aware, thanks to our left-footed Environment Minister [Nikolaus Berlakovich], that the environment is vital for animals – and they are more important than either pesticides or business. After the turbulent days […]

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