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Smoking Sections… Again?

Smoking Sections… Again?

Friday, 25 November. It was a headline in the U-Bahn daily Heute that got the talk started all over again: In the current negotiations on the new governing coalition, “an agreement was imminent” to make smoking illegal in all bars and restaurants in Austria. And just as quickly, a denial came from Lisa Fuchs, spokeswoman […]

Law Without Justice

Law Without Justice

It started in Paris, famous for baguettes, the Eiffel Tower and the Seine. And most of all, for its romance. Beth Alexander, then 22, had the world lying at her feet when she came to France seven years ago for an international students’ weekend. About to graduate from Cambridge University and accepted for a masters […]

Boosting New Business

Boosting New Business

There is a sense of concentration in the hallway of the INiTS building, the startup incubator of the University of Vienna. The only sounds are the clicking of computer keyboards from the office rooms and murmured discussions in the shared kitchen. The 5th floor is home to a handful of startup companies that may benefit […]

Benefit Concert: Supporting Refugees

Benefit Concert: Supporting Refugees

Musician and activist Paul Gulda spoke at the TVR Salon on June 10th with his friend Adalat Khan, an Asylum Seeker from the Swat region of Pakistan where dozens of schools have been bombed and hundreds of lives destroyed in the aftermath of the ongoing fighting.  Ordinary citizens are being caught between government forces, Taliban, and the drones used by […]

Paul Gulda: Improvising A Life of Art And Activism

Paul Gulda: Improvising A Life of Art And Activism

The asylum law protesters had been camped out at the Votivkirche for a couple of weeks when pianist Paul Gulda visited them for the first time in mid January. He had been asked to contribute a message of solidarity for their website. But as he read more about the occupation, he decided he needed to […]

Letters to the Editor: Dec. 2012/Jan. 2013

To the Editor In response to your article “A Mother Fights for Custody” [TVR November 2012], relating to the unfortunate circumstances surrounding the custodial rights of the parents of Oliver Sorensen/Weilharter, I would not suggest that I have any “sided” opinion about what is clearly a very complex issue. However it is a shame that […]

Paying the Prostitutes

Austrian journalist and satirist Karl Kraus had no patience for public hypocrisy – or private, for that matter: “What a world!” he complained, “in which the fulfilment of men’s deepest desires is held up to women as a reproof!” So he would probably have been pleased if he had lived to see prostitution made legal […]

Working as a Foreign Student

Changes in the immigration law dating from last June are having a large impact on foreign students looking to work in Austria. Under the new system, students from outside the EU who have graduated from Austrian universities, colleges of higher education (Fachhochschulen), or accredited private universities, and have a job offer in Austria can apply […]

A law worth lobbying for

A draft lobbying law presented by the government was criticised for its loopholes. Under the law, lobbying firms would have to declare their employees’ names and annual revenue in an official register, but would not have to disclose their clients and objectives. The rules for public trade associations, such as the chamber of commerce and […]

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