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The Fifth Column: June 2013

The Fifth Column: June 2013

Soft Treat in Safe Hands? Good news, maybe, that a company owned by Julius Meinl V has at the last minute stumped up €5million to buy up the bankrupt, century-old family company Niemetz. Its troubles, and the fire-sale of its factory, struck at the heart of Austrian identity; in particular its chocolate, coconut-covered Schwedenbombe (“Sweden […]

Stockholm: A Nordic Beauty

“Welcome to my hometown” a blonde lady in her late 50s friendly greets me from a large billboard in white letters, in the arriving hall of Arlanda Airport. Her face somehow seems familiar to me. Only when I carry my child-sized backpack to the exit, cursing every surplus T-shirt I had packed, I remember her; […]

Europe’s Northern Lights

“The Northern Lights” was the title of a major painting exhibition in Paris a few years ago, dedicated to Scandinavian masterpieces. But “northern lights” may also correspond to what Europe, if not the entire West, needs nowadays: a political, economic, social, and ethical model.  Indeed, in becoming the first center-right leader in Sweden to win […]

Communicating Science

Let’s face it: most students despise science. Though unfortunate, in fact, science and technology are among the least favorite fields of study. The latest study reports by the Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, concluded that a mere 11.7% students enrolled in science programs at Austrian Universities. This has not escaped the attention of […]

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