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No Alarms & No Surprises

No Alarms &  No Surprises

If it weren’t for all the posters splashing the heads of party frontrunners around the city, few would notice that it’s election time in Austria. In the scorching heat of recent weeks, electoral campaigns have had a very slow start. On 29 September, voters will go to the polls and choose which party or parties […]

Letters to the Editor: Sept. 2013

Re: [House Editorial “Out of Golan in 30 Days”, TVR July/August 2013]   What political irresponsibility or unexplainable fears can possibly have forced the Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann (Chairman of the SPÖ) and Vice Chancellor Michael Spindelegger (head of the liberal-conservative ÖVP, who additionally acts as Minister of Foreign Affairs) to abandon within 48 hours […]

Austrian Integration Fund: A Point of First Contact

Austrian Integration Fund: A Point of First Contact

These welcome desks are to serve as a point of first contact for new arrivals, both welcoming them to the country and offering information on the rights, obligations and opportunities awaiting them, as well as more concrete advice regarding employment, housing, education, insurance and other practical aspects of living in Austria. After the initial free […]

Reining in the Rents

Reining in the Rents

 Spring brought the first hints of electioneering ahead of September’s national vote with Austria’s governing coalition parties, the centre-right People’s Party (ÖVP) and centre-left Social Democrats (SPÖ), presenting diverging plans for “offensives” to tackle the country’s rocketing housing costs. An increase in the number of Austrian households by over a quarter million, a surge in […]

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 […]

Saudi Money with Strings Attached

Saudi Money with Strings Attached

While a duo of lute and violin played a solemn tune accompanying an Arabic song, Austria’s foreign minister Michael Spindelegger leaned over to say something to the Saudi Foreign Minister Prince Saud Alfaisal. That was all it took. Suddenly, the music was lost in a cacophony of flashing cameras and clicking shutters. Indeed, this was […]

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