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Scandal over fowl art

The website www.katholisches.info, associated with the traditionalist Pius brothers, criticised a poster promoting an upcoming exhibition by Austrian artist Deborah Sengl, displaying a crucified chicken. The author described the photo as “utterly tasteless blasphemy” and “artistically not very original”. For Sengl, the chicken, wearing a crown of thorns and a loincloth, highlights the “suffering of […]

You Are What You Eat

Attitudes about food are often irrational. Although insects carry a valuable source of protein, few would immerse themselves in insect cookery. Even though most Austrians will eat horsemeat, the recent scandal resulted in a widespread decline in consumer confidence. But there have been other scandals: Schummelschinken (modified ham that’s 40% something else), Analogkäse (imitation cheese) […]

Horsemeat Scandal

Horsemeat Scandal

            The Horse and a Dirty Trick, 15 Feb. 2013 by Andreas Schwarz The horse has fallen out of favour. Ever since the animal started galloping through the media as a horsemeat scandal, horsemeat has been regarded as yuck! […] This debate should be reined in before it bolts away. […]

The Flapping of Wings: Eurofighter Uproar Puts Strategy at Risk

The Flapping of Wings: Eurofighter Uproar Puts Strategy at Risk

Scarcely anyone is talking any more about the referendum on mandatory military service that is to take place in January. For both coalition partners, the debate on possible bribes by Eurofighter manufacturer EADS (European Aeronautic Defence Space Company) is coming at the wrong time – as, in fact, the reminder that Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner was […]

EADS Bribery Scandal

EADS Bribery Scandal

Europe-wide Bribery Network, 10 Nov. by Hans Leyendecker and Klaus Ott Bribery and embezzlement, money laundering and fraud: Because of the EADS’ [European Aeronautic Defence Space Company] business deals with Austria, prosecutors are investigating all over Europe. The head of the defence contractor, Tom Enders, has announced a crack-down on corruption. It is, however, rather […]

Organ donor scandal

Organ donor scandal

A former senior transplant surgeon of the Göttingen University Clinic in Germany allegedly falsified his patients’ medical tests so that they could receive donor organs more quickly. The scandal unveiled in July 2012, and there are currently 23 such cases from 2010 and 2011 under investigation by the German authorities. They also found that a […]

Corruption Charges

Corruption Charges

Speigel Online Austria’s Right-wing Populists in a Swamp of Corruption, 9 Aug. by Julia Herrnböck For the Austrian right-wing populist Heinz-Christian Strache, it’s been a [political] uphill race for a long time. However, the pressure is mounting for the FPÖ-boss because of the corruption scandals of his Carinthian party proponents. As a consequence, the 43-year-old […]

The Call of The Hunt

“I am very sorry. I made a mistake and it will not happen again,” were the eleven words the Spanish king Juan Carlos managed to emit by way of an apology. The monarch had come under fire in April for going on a €10,000 a day hunting trip to Botswana, allegedly sponsored by a Syrian […]

The Balance of a Ball Night: Scandals, Lawsuits, and Violence

“Dancing on the graves of Auschwitz” is how Green Party head Eva Glawischnig referred to the WKR ball on 27 Jan., during a memorial ceremony on Heldenplatz. The nationalist fraternity ball coincided with International Holocaust Day, commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz in 1945, and was hence seen as a provocation by critics. The organisers countered […]

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