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The Kissing Canard

The Kissing Canard

Canoodling couples can heave a sigh of relief: The Wiener Linien will not fine kissing lovers on Vienna’s public transport system. In September, the Wiener Linien made headlines across Europe as the online news service, Vienna Times, and the British daily newspaper, the Daily Mail, both falsely reported that the company would introduce a €50 […]

Stronach’s Political Ambition

Stronach’s Political Ambition

On 2 May 2012 the Austro-Canadian businessman Frank Stronach published his political credo Wegweiser für Österreich (Guide for Austria) as an eight-page advertisement in the tabloid papers Heute and Kronen Zeitung.          ÖVP-Killer Stronach, 4 May by Hans Rauscher Twenty years ago, when the Democrazia Cristiana collapsed in Italy because of corruption […]

Still Waiting For A Slice of the Cake

They are talented, well educated, fluent in several languages, and highly dedicated. Newspapers, television and radio stations depend on them. And yet, freelance journalists are struggling to make a living from their work, while their prospects of ever gaining full employment in the media seem increasingly illusory. Now, freelancers are banding together to demand a […]

Expropriation? Why Certainly!

When economists don’t argue economically, but with a caste mentality, they like to throw big words at you. “Expropriation” is one of those words and so is “double-taxation”. Every tax is – prima vista – expropriation! The squandering of public housing is expropriation. The imminent sacking of 20,000 Greek bureaucrats is as well. So are […]

Honouring the printed word… still

In contrast to the oft-quoted “crisis of the print media” brought about by the Internet, Austrian newspapers continue to hold – or even expand – their market share. According to figures released in July by the Austrian Audit Bureau of Circulations (Österreichische Auflagenkontrolle – ÖAK), an industry association of media and advertising companies, three national […]

Kreisky’s Shadow

Even before he resigned as Chancellor, Bruno Kreisky responded to a question from the great journalist Kurt Vorhofer, who had died all too soon,  as to whether he would one day want a monument in his honor on the Ringstrasse: “My vanity doesn’t wear itself out on such things(…) What I would love most would […]

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