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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 […]

Salzburg Festival

Salzburg Festival

      See, something great is coming your way, 16 Aug. by Peter Hagmann The best thing about Salzburg is the cooking. The rumour cook-up. There the master cooks and top chefs are getting all worked up; they twist and turn over whatever can be twisted and turned over; throw in a statement and mix […]

Golan Heights Withdrawal

Golan Heights Withdrawal

    Due to Popular Pressure, 16 June by Stephan Löwenstein The decision by the Austrian government to withdraw the approximately 380 soldiers of the armed forces from the UN mission in the Golan Heights has initially been received   positively at home. The man in the street applauded. […] Only a handful of commentators […]

Greens for Government?

Greens for Government?

    Greens Press on Towards the Top, 15 May by Meret Baumann Austria’s Greens have long stood in the shadow of entrepreneur Frank Stronach’s new party in this significant election year. While the billionaire was guaranteed the attention of observers and the media, not least because of his unconventional campaigning and his decisive gains […]

Pesticides and Bees

Pesticides and Bees

      Policies for Hundi and Sumsi, 7 May by Renate Graber There is something to comparing people with animals. We are now aware, thanks to our left-footed Environment Minister [Nikolaus Berlakovich], that the environment is vital for animals – and they are more important than either pesticides or business. After the turbulent days […]

Direct Democracy

Direct Democracy

      Setback for Direct Democracy in Austria, 24 Apr. by Meret Baumann In Austria the two Public Initiatives “Against Church Privileges” and “Democracy Now!” have failed to reach the required number of 100,000 signatures. But its proponents missed not only this particular requirement for consideration in Parliament: never before have such initiatives found […]

Viennese Swearing

Viennese Swearing

      “Und aamoi dazuagschissn”, 3 Apr. by Robert Sommer In the interviews course director Martha Kellner undertook with journalists, there was much laughing. “Swearing in Vienna” was the subject of her course at the Volkshochschule [Adult Education College] in Meidling. The course was aimed at migrants “with advanced knowledge of German”. […] The […]

At a Banker’s Discretion

At a Banker’s Discretion

      Granny’s Dangerous Savings Account, 9 Apr. by Eric Frey Austria has now given in to international pressure and declared itself ready for an automatic exchange of information in the EU. Foreign tax exiles will no longer be protected, though the domestic small saver will be fine. For domestic bank secrecy, supported by […]

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