Former Austrian President Heinz Fischer Talks to Fair Observer

January 12, 2022

Austria is known as a stable Central European country that is the capital of classical music. It is also the home of prominent figures in the world of science and philosophy, including Sigmund Freud and Ludwig Wittgenstein. In 2014, Austria had the lowest unemployment rate in the...

Debate Over COVID-19 Is Exactly What Austria Needs

November 30, 2021

Fair and well-balanced discourse is something I profoundly encourage, especially regarding a contentious topic such as COVID-19. The more we openly present and discuss facts with each other in today's polarized climate, the better we will fare in reaching common ground and...

The Debate Over COVID-19 Continues in Austria

November 27, 2021

At first, I was curious when I saw an article on Fair Observer by Ahmed Khalifa titled, “Austria’s COVID-19 Measures Have Gone Too Far.” After all, Austria is the country I currently live in, and my initial reaction to the announcement of another nationwide lockdown caused something of an...

Austria’s COVID-19 Measures Have Gone Too Far

November 22, 2021

On Friday, news broke about a nationwide lockdown in Austria, which comes into effect on November 22. This was coupled with a government decision to make getting vaccinated against COVID-19 a legal requirement by February 2022. The result was a flood of demonstrators descending onto the streets of...

How the Radical Right Bullied Professors in 1920s Austria

June 10, 2021

As universities across the United Kingdom scramble to use the COVID-19 pandemic as an excuse to sack unwanted lecturers and professors, it becomes increasingly urgent to remember the history of labor organizing in higher education. What has and hasn’t worked in the past? The University and...

Austrian President Takes Over a Split Nation

June 01, 2016

The tightest race since 1945 has brought left-wing liberal economist Alexander Van der Bellen forward as the new president of Austria. Of all places, it is Austria’s smallest municipality of Gramais in the Tyrolean Alps that has become symbolic for the political state the country is in. Only...

European Response to Refugee Crisis Proves People Power Works

September 13, 2015

World citizens must understand that they have every right to have their say on the global refugee crisis. The Syrian refugee crisis has been in the headlines of major news outlets over the past week, with pressure mounting on European leaders to take a “moral” stance against their original...