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The ‘Other’ World Cup

We are nearing the season of that sacred ritual that transpires only once every four years and brings much of the world to a standstill to watch a round ball move around a field in the hopes that it might finally pierce a net. While the World Cup of soccer ranks as the unparalleled greatest […]

Vienna on Film

When I meet Thomas Ballhausen, we are obliged to enter his offices via the gates to the Vienna Boys’ Choir because of the ongoing and sometimes intense protests against the redevelopment of that corner of Augarten. He is neat and intense, bookish and clearly passionate about his subject. And not always easy to pin down: […]

U.K. Elections & EU Integration

The upcoming U.K. election is turning out to be the most exciting Britain has seen in decades. After 13 years of Labour rule – with the impact of the Iraq War, the economic recession and parliamentary expense scandals – the possibility of a sea change in British politics is real. The most obvious political shift […]

Bulgaria Delays the Euro

Sometimes the inner voice of conscience can drive offenders insane. Not so, the Greeks, it seems. The country’s misrepresentation of its fiscal readiness to enter the European Monetary Union has damaged the bonds of trust among the EU member states. In Bulgaria under a new government, conscience again holds sway. Following a damning Transparency International […]

Katyń Massacre: Resurfacing

Possibly the greatest Shakespearean tragedy of the decade, the recent passing of Polish president Lech Kaczynski, his wife Maria and most of the Polish cabinet, rekindled an old feeling of dismay all too familiar in Poland. They were trying to land in Smolensk, Russia, to receive an official apology for the Katyń Massacre of 1940 […]

35% of Viennese Use Public Transport

Around 811.8 million travelers used Vienna’s public transportation services in 2009 – the highest record in the recent years. The study conducted by the Austrian Institute for Social Research and Statistics showed that around 35% of Vienna’s residents ride on buses, trams and metros on a daily basis, far more than in Graz or Linz […]

Travel Survives the Crisis

The financial crisis is persistent, yet some passionate travelers seem to still put aside enough money to spend on journeys. Particularly in Austria, tourists spent more money in 2009 than 2008, equaling into 6.72% of tourists’ spending – the highest level since 1997 according to www.traveller-online.at. “We managed to get a good market share during […]

What’s Next?

What happened on Apr. 10 was a shock, but what followed was just as much of a surprise.  That morning, a Polish Tupolev Tu-154 military airplane carrying the heads of state crashed into a forest, just short of the Smolensk airport runway. Russia’s reaction to the incident could potentially help to heal an open wound; […]

In the Best Interests of a (Russian) Child

Raising a kid is a tough job. Raising an adoptive child from a foreign country is even more so. When something really bad happens to your own child it’s a tragedy, but when something goes wrong with an adoptive foreign kid – it’s an international scandal. Relationships between Russia and the United States were never […]

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