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On the Ringstraße

On the Ringstraße

 Piefke Saga revisited There are now enough German students in Austria to fill the entire University of Heidelberg. Many of the 30,000 are refugees from Germany’s strict numerus clausus rules (which Vindobona is anxious to point out does not necessarily make them stupid). Others simply prefer living here. Also it’s much cheaper. The issue, a […]

Cash for Law

“There were probably only a handful of people that have caused such enormous damage to [this country’s] reputation as you have,” Judge Georg Olschak addressed Ernst Strasser, former conservative Interior Minister on 14 January, on delivering his grounds for preliminary sentencing former high-ranking ÖVP-politician to four years in prison. The verdict drew a line under […]

Corruption Charges

Corruption Charges

Speigel Online Austria’s Right-wing Populists in a Swamp of Corruption, 9 Aug. by Julia Herrnböck For the Austrian right-wing populist Heinz-Christian Strache, it’s been a [political] uphill race for a long time. However, the pressure is mounting for the FPÖ-boss because of the corruption scandals of his Carinthian party proponents. As a consequence, the 43-year-old […]

Lobbying: An Austrian Solution

“Of course I’m a lobbyist, yes, and I’m open for that.” The man in the blurry video is Ernst Strasser, then head of the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) delegation in the European Parliament and a former interior minister. He is sitting at a table in a busy restaurant in Brussels and talking about filing amendments […]

Something Rotten in the State of Austria

Something Rotten in the State of Austria

Four-hundred pages was the length of the report issued by forensic experts in August this year, identifying the extent of dubious payments and contracts conducted by Telekom Austria, the country’s largest telecom provider and a former public utility that is still 28 per cent state-owned. And as the investigation into the suspicious payments proceeds, two […]

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