The Vienna Briefing

Liam Hoare
Your weekly newsletter from Vienna on current affairs in Austria provided by Liam Hoare
Created 18 Nov 2020
  • Vienna and the Rothschilds
    22 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    “The Vienna Rothschilds. A Thriller.” Credit: JMW/David Bohmann Servus! Austria’s fourth national lockdown is at an end, the country’s museums are once more open to the public, and Vienna’s Jewish mus...
  • Vax or Tax?
    15 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    Constitution minister Karoline Edtstadler introduces Austria’s vaccine mandate. Credit: Christopher Dunker/BKA Servus! “I didn't want us to have a society in a culture where we forced people to get va...
  • Saints and Sinners
    07 Dec 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Interior minister Karl Nehammer is sworn in as chancellor. Credit: Andy Wenzel/BKA Servus! As he announced his intention to withdraw from political life and give up the chairmanship of the People’s Pa...
  • Alternative Medicine
    01 Dec 2021 • 3 min read
    Servus! Police in Styria estimated that as many as 30,000 people gathered in Graz on Saturday to protest against the country’s latest round of coronavirus countermeasures: the fourth national lockdown...
  • Here You Come Again
    24 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Servus! On the night of Sunday, November 14—the day parliament rubber-stamped an ordinance imposing a lockdown on Austria’s 1.6 million unvaccinated adults—the country’s health minister Wolfgang Mücks...
  • Uncharted Territory
    17 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    93 percent of Vienna’s COVID-19 patients in intensive care are unvaccinated. Credit: Stadt Wien/Dujakovic Servus! The hour in Austria grows late. On November 15, there were 135,788 active COVID-19 cas...
  • Schnitzel or Bust
    10 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg unveils a partial lockdown for Austria’s unvaccinated. Credit: Dragan Tatic/BKA Servus! In last week’s newsletter, I wrote to you that inconveniencing the lives of th...
  • The Fourth Wave
    03 Nov 2021 • 3 min read
    Credit: Our World in Data Servus! Austria had the chance to avoid a fourth wave of the coronavirus and it blew it. Following a period of relative stability at the end of September and beginning of Oct...
  • In Line
    27 Oct 2021 • 3 min read • 1 0
    Servus! With the Anschluss of March 1938 came the Gleichschaltung, the attempt by the new Nazi regime to impose total control over all aspects of Austrian society. Of particular importance was the cou...
  • Fallout
    20 Oct 2021 • 3 min read
    Chancellor Alexander Schallenberg addresses parliament. Credit: Parlamentsdirektion/Johannes Zinner Servus! The country has a new chancellor in Alexander Schallenberg, a new foreign minister in Michae...
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