Court to determine if Facebook must fight hate speech
In a case of online hate speech against Austrian politician Eva Glawischnig, the European Court of Justice is about to rule whether Facebook should find and delete abusive comments.
17 Jan 2018
The 'other Austria' sends a powerful anti-government message
Tens of thousands protested in the streets of Vienna against the government’s discriminating policies and far-right rhetorics. Will the opposition stand up to the challenge of representing them as future voters?
16 Jan 2018
Austria minister's use of Nazi language part of party's pattern
Austria's interior minister has provoked international outrage by using a term associated with Nazi concentration camps, but such remarks seem to be part of his political party's vocabulary.
15 Jan 2018
Austria resists cuts in unemployment benefits
A plan by Austria's ruling coalition to eliminate an emergency fund for the unemployed has encountered widespread resistance.
11 Jan 2018
Sociologist Peggy Levitt: nations don't end at their borders
"We live in a mobile world: one in seven people in the world is a migrant. Some are international migrants, some are forced migrants, others emigrate of their own free will, some with great success, others not so much."
10 Jan 2018
domestic violence often lack refuge in Austria
Before the 1970s, domestic violence was generally dismissed as a "private matter" and the affected women and children had to cope on their own. Today, despite significant progress, sometimes they still have nowhere to go.
10 Jan 2018
No smoking ban called off in Austria
A ban on smoking in public places has been in place since 2009 in Austria, but restaurants are still allowed to designate a smoking area. A total smoking ban that was to come into effect this May was just blocked.
8 Jan 2018
The new Austrian
government mistakes “asylum” for “illegal immigration”
With the use of exaggerated vocabulary, feebly concealed prejudice and manipulation techniques, the asylum policy of the ÖVP and the FPÖ conveys a clear message. Refugees are no longer welcome in Austria.
8 Jan 2018
First baby of the year showered with xenophobic hatred
Some of the comments posted under a newspaper's Facebook post about the first baby of the year were so xenophobic that they have since then been reported as hate speech.
5 Jan 2018
Online hate against women: A problem without a solution?
Women in the spotlight, including journalists, politicians or celebrities, find themselves hit with a wave of sexist comments after an article or a TV appearance.
4 Jan 2018
In 2018 Feminism is a defensive strategy, not a trend
In many Western countries conservative and right-wing parties have found themselves in positions of power again. What they usually have in common are outdated views on women, gender, equality and reproductive health.
3 Jan 2018
It is time to change the law on sex crimes
Sweden is considering a tightening of sexual criminal law. Considering the global discussion on sexual abuse, perhaps its time for every country to take a stab at defining consensual sex.
26 Dec 2017
A philosophical take on political falsehoods
Is it only today that political talk consists entirely of gibberish, or has politics always been such a hogwash factory?
25 Dec 2017
Ultra conservative politician to become one of Austria's key dignitaries
Extreme right, homophobic and critical of the anti-fascist culture of remembrance -- this is how the FPÖ politician, Anneliese Kitzmüller, could be described in brief. Yet, she is about to become the Third President of the National Council.
21 Dec 2017
Austria substitutes women’s agenda with conservative family policy
Just how much the new government misunderstands the problems of women is evident in their program. Women’s rights are now part of the agenda of the Ministry of Family Affairs.
20 Dec 2017
Austria has a new government and few are overjoyed
"The government should secure the welfare of all -- with 'all' meaning everybody in Austria, not just all Austrians, as far-right politicians see it." Austria's president was mildest among critics of the current coalition.
19 Dec 2017
Key Austrian ministries in the
hands of the far-right
Austria has a new government and one of our worst fears came true. The police, the army and the secret services are now in the hands of one party, namely the far-right FPÖ.
18 Dec 2017
instead of grenades? Deradicalizing Austrian youth
While in Austria we have little experience with radical Islamists, we are experts in dealing with right-wing extremism. No wonder Austria joined a major, European-level counter-radicalization project.
15 Dec 2017
affair – The biggest corruption scandal in Austria
Karl-Heinz Grasser, the former Minister of Finance and shooting star of the last FPÖ ÖVP government, along with the most powerful lobbyists in the country, are about to be tried for corruption, .
14 Dec 2017