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Letters to the Editor: April 2013

To the Editor [Re: “They Eat Horses, Don’t They”, by Martin Ehl, TVR March, 2013] I don’t think British concern [about horsemeat] is just about cultural differences. A big issue is where the horsemeat actually came from. It is suspected that it was illegally smuggled into the food supply by the Romanian mafia, which means […]

Fear-Based Identity Crisis

Fear-Based Identity Crisis

They don’t shave their heads, tote swastikas or glorify the Nazis and the majority are educated. The “Identitären” represent a new right wing phenomenon in Europe. Initiated in France in 2003, it is a young movement that has spread eastwards but also west to the United Kingdom. On 25 February at Café Tirolerhof, the chairman […]

Rubik’s cube-shaped museum for Budapest

Rubik’s cube-shaped museum for Budapest

Hungarian government officials have announced plans for the construction of a national museum dedicated to the nation’s innovation, to be built in the shape of a large Rubik’s cube. The site along the Danube bank near the Rákóczi bridge, crossed by Vienna rail traffic, will highlight Hungary’s achievements, ideas, and inventions from the past 1,100 […]

Being Austrian

Being Austrian

“To be honest, I think Austrians are quite lazy. Lazy and unfriendly,” said Clemens L., lounging on the Donauinsel on a mid-week holiday afternoon. “At the same time they always believe that they are oh-so-great, which they are not.” Born in Tyrol, the 21-year-old student’s judgment about his fellow citizens can be construed as harsh. […]

Image, Identity and Change

Image, Identity and Change

Graced with stunning landscapes and seasonal weather to suit all tastes, Austria has long been one of the world’s top tourist destinations. And it’s easy to see why in the vivid and often stunning exhibit of travel posters from the Austrian National Library collection on display through 28 October. Welcome to Austria: A Summer Journey […]

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