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Letters to the Editor: Nov. 2013

To the Editor I want to thank you for the gesture of sending a letter of gratitude for the interview for (“Spaniards in Vienna: Jobs, Hope and the Challenge of Language”, TVR Oct. 2013). I appreciate it so much, especially nowadays, where good manners and courtesy have been relegated to a secondary place. Nuria Latorre […]

First-Time Voter

First-Time Voter

I voted for the first time in 1972, when Richard Nixon ran for re-election and trounced George McGovern with one of the largest election margins in U.S. history – 60.7% of the popular vote and every state in the Union except Massachusetts. He ran as “President Nixon – Now, More than Ever!” I had waited […]

After the Election

After the Election

The German saying “Man soll den Tag nicht vor dem Abend loben” (“Don’t count your chickens before they are hatched”) proved true  once again on 29 September. Both Social Democrats (SPÖ) and Conservatives (ÖVP), while still victorious, had to face major losses. But unlike other EU countries, the Austrian coalition was not voted out. With […]

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 […]

Stronach’s Test in Tyrol

There was one consolation for Frank Stronach in the regional elections in Tyrol on 28 April: His namesake East Tyrolean village of Iselberg-Stronach supported his “Team Stronach” with 17%, or 49 votes of its 617 inhabitants. With the first exit polls published at 17:00, it was clear that the remarkable result – Frank’s party came […]

Croatia’s 1st MEP Election

Only 20 per cent of Croatia’s eligible voters turned out for the first European Parliament election in the country’s history on 14 April. Croatia voted on their first 12 European Parliament seats and will officially join the EU on 1 July. Political analyst Davor Djenero attributed the low turnout to a “weak campaign” to inform […]

Austrian Views on the U.S. Presidential Election

Austrian Views on the U.S. Presidential Election

The USA Elected Keynes, 7 Nov. by Thomas Seifert In 6 November 2012 election, the U.S. electorate was asked to pass sentence on Obama’s economic policy, defining the role the state has in the lives of the people. Obama was the president who incurred debt in a Keynesian manner  to stimulate public demand, as well […]

In the U.S. Election, Women Decide

In the U.S. Election, Women Decide

As the hotly contested U.S. election comes to a head, America’s undecided voters – the majority of them women – are being bombarded in a last ditch effort to lure them to one camp or another. Women, who are 46% of the electorate, will be out in force at the polls on 6 November. Typically, […]

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