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Beyond Kebab – Vienna’s Turkish Destinations

Beyond Kebab – Vienna’s Turkish Destinations

I needed a vacation – and now! Not in six weeks when I took my spring holiday. So in search of some spice to ward off Vienna’s chill, I plunged into the city’s Turkish and Arab offerings. Though I’ve travelled to large swathes of the Arab world, I wanted to experience it in an Austrian […]

Austro-Turks: Young, Smart… and Thinking of Going Back

Austro-Turks: Young, Smart… and Thinking of Going Back

The picture of Inan Türkmen, a 24-year old with black hair and a stylish, short beard, has gone through virtually all Austrian newspapers. Passersby recognise him on the street. Overnight, the native Upper Austrian with Turkish heritage has become the face and voice of a generation of young Austro-Turks. “Young immigrants are underestimated,” writes Türkmen. […]

The Gate Crasher: Waitress in Distress

The Gate Crasher: Waitress in Distress

“How would you like to make a couple hundred tonight?” I mused, and then looked left, frowning at my companion. She opened her eyes wide and with a grimace of firm conviction, she gave nothing away. Damn it, Esma, every time! “Certainly,” I responded with a smile as I turned back in confidence to the […]

The Kronen Zeitung Heats Up Integration Debates

On March 11 the Viennese daily Kronen Zeitung, published a two-year-old picture of Green Party Parliamentarian Alev Korun in a dirndl, a traditional Austrian dress. In the text, columnist Peter Gnam suggested that Korun, a native Turk, was mocking Austria traditions simply by the wearing of it. Gnam reported that an Austrian Parliamentarian delegation had […]

Eternal Outsiders? Clashing Fronts and False Expectations

“The Turks are happy, they don’t want anything from you (Austrians),” said Turkish Ambassador Kadri Ecvet Tezcan, in an interview with the Austrian daily Die Presse, Nov. 11. “They just don’t want to be treated like a virus.” It was an explosive interview, and Tezcan’s accusations set off heated debate in Austria about relations with […]

At the Brunnenmarkt: Cultural Bazaar

At the Brunnenmarkt: Cultural Bazaar

Dog days of August in Vienna, cool and sunny at 8:30 a.m. The Brunnenmarkt in Vienna’s 16th District of Ottakring has already been a bevy of activity since about 6:00. One of the city’s liveliest and most authentic street markets, it is also one of the oldest, first opened in 1786 on the Brunnengasse and […]

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