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Book Review: Global Austria: Austria’s Place in Europe and the World

Modern, Mobile and Poorly Understood There are people who consider that Austria’s future, like that of opera, lies principally in its past. However, the spate of refreshingly brilliant contemporary operas – think only of Aribert Reimann or Michael Nyman’s stunning achievements – are enough to ward us off such facile generalisations. So too with this […]

Letters to the Editor: Mar. 2012

In response to Anton Pelinka’s tendentious and insulting article on Hungary, [“Victor Orban: Amateur or Autocrat”, TVR Feb. 2012] please allow just three comments in the interests of free speech, which indeed Pelinka and your excellent journal are very concerned to uphold. Pelinka objects that the new Hungarian constitution “defines the country no longer as […]

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 Wants To Be A Media Exec?” kept audiences in Austria – and even Germany – under a spell until 18 Jan., when their favourite candidate, the dashing and dastardly Nikolaus Pelinka, quit the show saying he no longer tolerated […]

Cloak and Dagger Politics

Tales of political wiretapping and Internet espionage echo through the halls of the Austrian Parliament as public officials squirm under rumors of involvement with foreign intelligence service. With the parliamentary investigating committee reconvening after the summer break, accusations of spying between two of the opposition parties threaten reputations on both sides. It’s a bit of […]

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