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The Danube Canal: Vienna’s Riviera

At night, the Marienbrücke’s concrete face is cast in an ultra-marine light. Symbolising “Mary’s cloak”, the illumined bridge seems intent on transcending its own post-war design for a shimmering, post-modern future. Crossing the Danube Canal, it leads to an emerging cluster of high rises on the Leopoldstadt embankment. There, swirling colours burst from the glass-box […]

Europe’s (New) German Problem

Once again, Europe is obsessed with the “German problem”: Greek protesters have portrayed Angela Merkel, the German chancellor, wearing a Nazi uniform; the Italian press…

ORF: The Party Channel

ORF: The Party Channel

Vienna, 9 Aug. 2011. Behind closed doors, the governing council of the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) – the so-called Stiftungsrat – re-appoints Alexander Wrabetz for…

Austria’s Nazi Frat Boys?

Austria’s Nazi Frat Boys?

It was 27 Jan. – the day that people across the West commemorated the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops. This year, it was also…

Corruption Clubbing

The publicity was huge. On Thursday 9 Feb., a “Corruption Clubbing” went down at Volksgarten, a trendy inner-city venue by the Hofburg. “Come dressed as…

About Laurence Doering

Laurence Doering was born and schooled in Vienna, and studied Social and Political Sciences at Cambridge University. He was The Vienna Review's managing editor for news and commentary until April 2012.

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The Revolution Will Be Televised

The Revolution Will Be Televised

It was perhaps the Austrian broadcasting corporation’s (ORF) biggest hit: Launched before Christmas, the reality TV show “Who…

Beyond Institutions

With their backroom politicking at the Austrian Broadcasting Corporation (ORF) exposed, the nation’s politicians have shown scant remorse.…

Screening Sigmund

The grainy black and white image flickers uncertainly on the screen. It shows an elderly man in a…

School Reform: Austria Petitions for Change

School Reform: Austria Petitions for Change

“Don’t worry, we’ll sign very quickly”, calls out a lady in her 60s queuing outside the  darkened Magistrat…

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