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Eric Pleskow: Of Films and Forgiveness

Eric Pleskow: Of Films and Forgiveness

Hollywood mogul Eric Pleskow was back in town on Feb. 26 at the invitation of Mayor Michael Häupl to accept the mantle of  Honorary Citizen of Vienna at a special ceremony in the Rathaus. It was a remarkable occasion, no matter how you looked at it – a celebration of film and forgiveness, of a […]

No Talent Need Apply

It always took determination to work and study in Austria as a foreigner. With the 2005 reform to the Fremdenrecht (Foreigner’s Law), however, this alone is no longer enough. The Fremdenrecht came into effect, in conjunction with changes to the asylum seeking procedures, on the 1st January 2006. Designed to increase the speed with which […]

Hermann Hesse’s Unseen Oeuvres

Hermann Hesse’s Unseen Oeuvres

The rainfall increased sharply as a friend and I approached Vienna’s Museum  Quarter. As we turned up the final stretch to the Leopold Museum, the wind joined the rain, as if to stop our climb to the exhibit of Hermann Hesse’s painting and poetry, to discover the artist in him that was not a writer. […]

Illegal in Wien: Improvising a Life

Illegal in Wien: Improvising a Life

Picture a medium-sized, well-trained man in his late twenties, wearing a long dark coat, sophisticated manner, excellent English and a degree in journalism from Argentina.  Four years ago, when he decided to leave Argentina for a better life in Europe, he faced challenges he had never imagined, working illegally in the cloakroom of the Latin […]

Eavesdropping on ‘The Lives of Others’

Eavesdropping on ‘The Lives of Others’

With Das Leben der Anderen (The Lives of Others), 33 year old Florian Henckel von Donnersmarck begins a new chapter in film history, with awards to back it up. Amongst all the other prestigious awards that have recently been showered on this film, including four at the Bavarian Film Awards and seven at the German […]

The Trouble With ICANN

In recent years we have been seeing a growing conflict over who exactly should control the Internet. Many countries have voiced their concerns with the United States hegemony and have suggested an “United Nations” for the Internet, where control would be distributed among several countries. The Americans have so far shot down all proposals, convinced […]

Talking Kosovo

The last round of talks on Kosovo’s future began in Vienna Wednesday, Feb. 21. The meagre scattering of journalists in the foyer of the Austria Centre awaiting the third day’s press briefing reflected the languid tone: No breaking news expected here. Even before they had begun, the results of the talks were considered a foregone […]

Turbulence Ahead

Turbulence Ahead

The French airline manufacturer Airbus might not be able to keep its wings in the air for long if crucial decisions continue as indicated by French and German politicians. Airbus has been plagued by a drop in new orders, additional costs of producing the new Airbus A-350, and over €6 billion in losses associated with […]

Mobile Phones: ‘Please Leave a Message’

Mobile Phones: ‘Please Leave a Message’

It’s hard to get away from a mobile phone these days. Nearly everybody has one, and no one seems to remember how we used to manage without them. But that doesn’t mean we like them. In a recent survey of Vienna residents, two thirds rated the mobile telephone among their least favourite technology, an invasive […]

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