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Daily gym class in schools

On 18 April, the initiative for more exercise for children and youth, called Tägliche Turnstunde (Daily Gym Class), brought to life by the Bundessportorganisation (BSO, Federal Sports Organisation), succeeded by gaining 150,844 signatures in favour of making a daily hour of physical exercise in schools mandatory. On 24 April, the Tägliche Turnstunde was already a […]

Schröder Stays at Albertina

Klaus Albrecht Schröder will remain director of the Albertina through 2019, according to an announcement by Culture Minister Claudia Schmied. In position since 2000, his contract was set to expire in 2014. Schröder has led the institution through several controversies, including the flooding of a storage area where important works like Albrecht Dürer’s The Hare […]

The Revolution Will Be Televised

The Revolution Will Be Televised

It was perhaps the Austrian broadcasting corporation’s (ORF) biggest hit: Launched before Christmas, the reality TV show “Who Wants To Be A Media Exec?” kept audiences in Austria – and even Germany – under a spell until 18 Jan., when their favourite candidate, the dashing and dastardly Nikolaus Pelinka, quit the show saying he no longer tolerated […]

A Workshop for Culture and Peace

If name recognition is a mark of success, WUK has made it. Hardly anyone knows its full name – Werkstätten- und Kulturhaus, or “workshop and cultural centre”. The parsimonious acronym is enough to call to mind sweltering rock gigs, the in-house bike workshop, and a welcoming atmosphere that stands as an example of social integration […]

Kids in the City: Intensive Care

Moving to a new city in a new country is often exhilarating for an independent professional. But for parents with small children it can be a nightmare, entailing an alien care system and the absence of the usual support from grandparents and trusted nannies. For children, the experience of lacking a common language with their […]

Full House at the Staatsoper

The Vienna State Opera will perform 52 different operas and nine different ballets in its 2011/2012 season that begins in September and runs until June 30. With very few exceptions, the house rotates these productions so that a different opera or ballet appears each and every evening. These facts alone make the Vienna State Opera […]

Long Live SPÖVP!

2nd Dec. 2008. It’s a beautiful Winter morning as Austria’s President Heinz Fischer comments on his good mood on national radio, informing his peasants that his country finally has a new government. The SPÖVP is dead!  Long live the SPÖVP! So, who are the people willing to carry the heavy load of responsibility for a […]

Burden Of Proof

Burden Of Proof

The paintings under dispute were clearly worth in the tens of millions of euros, so you would expect the atmosphere to be a little tense. Collector Leopold can produce bills of sale for all of them; but that’s not the point. And Salzburg law professor Georg Graf was more than happy to expound his legal […]

Frustration in Schools

What’s the point of teaching, with little recognition, poor working conditions, and few career prospects? If they had the chance, a third of all EU science and math teachers would change to another career, a recent OECD study revealed. The students aren’t motivated either. They are less willing to learn and often finding themselves in […]

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