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Book Review: Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain

Book Review: Jonathan Wilson’s Behind the Curtain

Football Ever on Stage On 8 June, Euro 2012, the quadrennial European Football Championships will kick off in Poland, captivating audiences around the world for three weeks until the final is staged in Ukraine’s capital Kiev. It is thus the perfect time to pick up Behind the Iron Curtain – Travels in Eastern European Football […]

Worth The Price

Social democrat Alfred Gusenbauer had campaigned on the promise of abolishing university tuition fees. But after the SPÖ won the parliamentary election last fall by a narrow margin, the tuitions fees were abandoned in the tense negotiations for the new coalition with the center-right People’s Party (ÖVP). Many students were upset. The Austrian students association […]

Understanding ‘Germlisch’

Have you ever been to a country where you could not understand the language, like Vietnam? Or Hungary? Experienced travelers are not that easily confused. But what happens if you come to a country where you don’t understand your own language? To English speakers  in a German-speaking country, this usually happens on their first day. […]

Savoring Sunday

The fight for Christmas shoppers is in high gear, and three Vienna merchants  are gearing up for the holidays with a bid this year to embrace the season with longer opening hours and yes, shopping on Sundays. The fashion retailers in Vienna’s First District have taken arms against a sea of private-sector union employees, and […]

Wrong Bad News

Wrong Bad News

The last week in November, headlines screamed across European media: Drug prices have plummeted in Europe and access to drugs is easier than ever before, they claimed, following release of the 2006 Annual Report of the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA,) a Lisbon-based European Union agency. Depending on the type of […]

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