Tag: Austria

E.U.’s Top Court Rules Against Facebook in Global Takedown Case

LONDON — Europe’s top court said on Thursday that an individual country can order Facebook to take down posts, photographs and videos and restrict global access to that material, in a ruling that has implications for whether countries can expand content bans beyond their borders. The European Court of Justice’s decision came after a former […]

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Kurz Wins Austria Vote. But Will He Turn to Far Right or Greens to Govern?

Austria’s former chancellor, Sebastian Kurz, won a snap election he called four months ago after his government collapsed when a scandal engulfed his far-right coalition partner. But the result of Sunday’s vote raised the question whether he would need to again partner with the far right to form a government, or would shift to the […]

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Austria’s Kurz, Leading in Polls, Looks Open to Reunion With Far Right

VIENNA — When Sebastian Kurz became Austria’s youngest-ever chancellor two years ago, he made a pact to govern with the far right. He would in effect housebreak them, he suggested, checking their worst instincts. In the 18 months that followed, Mr. Kurz, a conservative, had plenty of opportunity to try to do so: One official […]

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20 Under $20: Minimal Effort, Maximum Pleasure

Weeknights are a state of mind. More accurately, they are a state of fatigue. Whether it’s a Tuesday or a Saturday, sometimes all you want is an uninterrupted stretch of peace and quiet, maybe some leftovers and a chance to wear out the Netflix subscription. That, and a couple of glasses of decent wine. Wine […]

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Rocking Out in Lederhosen, With a Hint of Populism

VIENNA — On a recent Saturday, the Austrian singer Andreas Gabalier interrupted his concert at a stadium here to give a short speech about the importance of tradition. Gabalier, 34, who plays a blend of Alpine folk and country rock, is by far the most popular homegrown musical performer in Austria. He had just finished […]

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She Thought He Would Kill Her. Then She Complimented His Orchids.

After she regained consciousness, among the first things Nathalie Birli noticed were the orchids. Their delicacy and color stood out amid the chaos and grime dominating the dim room where she sat, bound and alone with a man who was threatening to kill her. Hours earlier, she had been transformed in seconds from happy new […]

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When a Politician Is Called a ‘Lousy Traitor,’ Should Facebook Censor It?

In April 2016, a Facebook user shared an article featuring a photo of the Austrian Green party’s leader at the time, Eva Glawischnig-Piesczek, along with added comments labeling her a “corrupt oaf,” a “lousy traitor” and “member of a fascist party.” The comments were apparently a protest of her support for refugees. Ms. Glawischnig-Piesczek claimed […]

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In the Bronze Age, Bagels Were Tiny

Researchers exploring an archaeological site in Austria have found three pieces of 3,000-year-old charred bread that look suspiciously like the remains of little bagels. They are not complete rings — only parts of what were once ring-shaped pieces of dough. They were made from finely ground flour, but the scientists are not ready to claim […]

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Once Threatened, Europe’s Night Trains Rebound

From the Orient Express to the Trans-Europe Express, few methods of travel have offered as much romance as a European night train. Unfortunately, these overnight train routes have long been in decline, particularly in Western Europe, due mainly to the growing popularity of budget airlines. In 2016, the German rail operator Deutsche Bahn ended all […]

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Sebastian Kurz, Austrian Leader, Is Ousted in No-Confidence Vote

BERLIN — Chancellor Sebastian Kurz of Austria and his caretaker government were ousted from power on Monday with a no-confidence vote in Parliament as the ramifications of a secretly filmed video plunged the once-stable central European country further into political chaos. Mr. Kurz, 32, became the first Austrian leader in more than seven decades to […]

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