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Back to the Future

At work on a story the other weekend and feeling trapped inside my four walls (as well as my head), I packed up my laptop, stuffed a couple of books in my backpack and headed out for Café Sperl. Perhaps the change of locus would snap me out of my stupor. Sperl is a great […]

The great paywall

A ground-breaking media experiment implemented in Slovakia has also found an audience in Slovenia. On 16 Jan. Slovakian company Piano Media launched a system by which internet users pay €4,89 per month, or €48,90 per year, for complete access to the content of eight major media outlets in Slovenia, including the country’s leading newspaper Delo, […]

Martin Sajdik: Austria’s Diplomat on Central Park

Martin Sajdik: Austria’s Diplomat on Central Park

The New Year had just turned when Martin Sajdik arrived in New York City with his wife and daughter to begin his new posting as Austrian ambassador to the United Nations – surely a big change from Shanghai, where they had spent the previous four and a half years. Now, just three days later, we […]

Eatalico: Pizza With a Pulse

Eatalico: Pizza With a Pulse

Now that the holiday season is behind us, Vienna has rung in the new year, and the first snowfalls have dusted the city with a wintery nimbus – which provides the perfect backdrop for gazing out the window and pondering life’s eternal questions… Such as, Does this town really need another pizzeria? The owners at […]

Taxing the Expats

U.S. citizens living abroad are required to file income tax returns. The United States is in fact the only industrialized country in the world that taxes its citizens’ income overseas. Now, in hopes of upping federal tax revenue, the IRS is heightening controls abroad. Americans working abroad have long been protected, at least to some […]

Romania: The Gold Rush is On

A mining project has attracted protests. But the source of the anger may be buried elsewhere.

Your Friend and Helper?

Vienna’s police have a dismal record of racism, and the courts aren’t doing much to change it. Yet, there are signs of change.

Is China the Answer for Austrian Business?

Is China the Answer for Austrian Business?

A swift, 30-minute drive separates Shanghai’s bustling city centre from the gleaming flagship factory of Austria Technologie & Systemtechnik (AT&S ). As I put on my safety goggles, I am told that the machines here run for 360 days a year – allowing five days’ rest for the Spring Festival, the most important holiday in […]

The Gate Crasher: The Very “Important” People at Alpha

The Gate Crasher: The Very “Important” People at Alpha

I was just thinking what a boring sod I was becoming, girlfriend, work, colleagues, that sort of thing, when “Something spectacular is coming to Vienna” landed in my inbox. It was a “VIP” invitation to the newest club in town. The place was called “Alpha”: the daring candour admirable, I thought at the time, in […]

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