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Regional Elections

Regional Elections

Stronach’s Gloss and Glory, 5 March by Michael Völker All together 130,000 people in Lower Austria and Carinthia voted this Sunday [3 March] for Team Stronach. That is indeed a strong showing. Even prior to the elections, this ‘test-tube’ party was, in fact, able to form a parliamentary group, and yet has achieved even more […]

Bilingual Carinthia

The-56-year-old Ortstafelstreit (town sign argument) over bilingual signage in Carinthia formally ended Aug. 16, with the inauguration of the first German-Slovene town signs for Eisenkappel (Železna Kapla) and Sittersdorf (Žitara Vas). The compromise was reached by officials in early 2011, establishing that towns with a Slovene population of least 17.5% be referred to in their […]

Fashions on the Wörthersee

The tent’s white curtains were flapping quietly in the wind whispering off the Wörthersee as excited voices mingled with the clink of glasses and water lapping at the dock. It was impossible not to feel the tingle of anticipation that had been mounting throughout the evening. We had come down to the My Lake Hotel […]

A Long-Lost Cherubini in Klagenfurt

The new City Theater in Carinthia’s capital Klagenfurt was completed Sept. 22, 1910, a hundred years ago. As one of the jewels of this small city with a population of less than a hundred thousand, Klagenfurt and the theater held a grand celebration with the premiere of an opera never performed there before. But what […]

The ‘King of Carinthians’

The ‘King of Carinthians’

After the sudden and unexpected death on Oct. 11 of Jörg Haider, the founder and chairman of the Alliance for the Future of Austria (BZÖ) and the regional governor of Carinthia, in a car accident, Carinthians were devastated. Huge billboards covered Klagenfurt with slogans like “Kärnten trauert” (Carinthia is grieving) and “Haider, der König der […]

Werner Berg on Canvas

Werner Berg on Canvas

“These trees seem to be alive,” said my friend Sigrid. “They seem to move along with us.” That morning, three of us were driving down a winding road through the lush, sculpted Carinthian countryside near the Slovenian border. It is an enchanted landscape that has been the retreat of princes and inspired generations of Austrian […]

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