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Reining in the European Banks

The start of 2011 – what we might call Year 2 AG (“After Greece’s” debt crisis) – has brought good and bad news on the economic front. The bad news is that 2 AG is beginning with more or the same, with headlines about government debt and default, this time focused on Portugal and Spain. […]

Prague – Martyrs and Modernity

In Prague recently on a tour for my latest book, Europe’s Promise: Why the European Way is the Best Hope in an Insecure Age, [University of California Press, 2010] it has been interesting to witness the remarkable events in Egypt and Tunisia from the land of the Velvet Revolution, with many people all over the […]

Smoking Central Europe

At an international tourism summit on Mar. 9 in Berlin, the Austrian Economics Minister Reinhold Mitterlehner admitted that the present complicated tobacco legislation, involving partitions and exemptions, had been a mistake. “A general ban on smoking in gastronomy should have been passed,” he was quoted as saying in Styria’s Kleine Zeitung. “A complete solution is […]

WWII Bomb In Graz

A 250 kg aircraft bomb dating from World War II was detected during construction at the Central Railway Station (Hauptbahnhof) in Graz, Mar. 25, causing panic and evacuations. Authorities evacuated the surrounding area at about 14:00 when initial attempts to deactivate the bomb proved unsuccessful. Train service from Graz to Bruck an der Mur and […]

Literary Events: Apr., 2011

A NIGHT OF HEBREW WORD An outspoken peace activist and supporter of the Palestinian cause, leading Israeli novelist David Grossman will present his work at the Viennese Burgtheater, mid-April. The selected lines will be read in Hebrew, followed by Austrian actress Elisabeth Orth’s German translation. Grossman’s books have been translated into more than 30 languages, […]

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 […]

The ‘Berlin Patient’: Demystifying AIDS?

On Apr. 28, 1984, the human immunodeficiency virus was defined as the pathogen responsible for AIDS at a press conference held in Washington D.C. This statement was given by Margaret Heckler, Secretary of Health and Human Services and the man who claimed to have discovered the virus, Dr. Robert Gallo. Heckler announced that a vaccine […]

What’s Belgium?

Brussels might be the “capital of a united continent” but it is also the capital of a deeply divided nation. Belgium is split along linguistic and cultural fault-lines. Recently it became the holder of a world record of dubious merit – it’s the global-leader in political paralysis. No other nation has gone so long without […]

Book Review: Paul Lendvai’s Mein Verspieltes Land

Hungary: Clash on the Right No Central or Eastern European state has properly dealt with its history. In spite of the early promise of reform in the region, political analysts today chronicle a state of widespread denial, observing it in all countries that have undergone the sudden paradigm shift from a dictatorial to a democratic […]

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