Austria

Austria is back on the political map – and Austrians are nervous about it

18 April 2018 10:50

Summer has arrived early in Vienna and the city of Strauss and Schubert has never looked lovelier. The parks are…

Is Sebastian Kurz Germany’s most important politician?

31 March 2018 6:00

Who is the most important politician in Germany? Angela Merkel? No, it’s the Austrian Chancellor, Sebastian Kurz. Merkel remains a…

Austria’s Sebastian Kurz should be praised for refusing to ignore the populists

18 December 2017 14:57

Today the world’s youngest leader takes his place at the top table of European politics, as Sebastian Kurz becomes Chancellor…

How Russia stands to profit from Austria’s new government

25 October 2017 12:35

Yesterday, Sebastian Kurz, the leader of Austria’s conservative People’s Party, announced his intention to form a new coalition government with…

What drives populism?

22 October 2017 11:28

What has led to the rise of populism? The conventional answer involves inequality, flattening wages – and general economic malaise.…

Skiing with kids doesn’t have to be ruinously expensive

20 October 2017 15:43

One day in February each year, my three children come home from school in London, but go to sleep in…

Populism is making a comeback in Europe, and Austria is leading the way

20 May 2017 11:53

Last year’s Austrian presidential election looked like a turning point for the European Union. Alexander Van der Bellen, a soft…

What the papers say: Is time up for the EU?

6 December 2016 8:28

Something is happening across Europe, says the Sun – but EU leaders are still intent on burying their heads in…

Thanks to Brexit and Trump, Austria lost its appetite for political upheaval

5 December 2016 14:49

Austria’s presidential election has been overshadowed by Matteo Renzi’s dramatic defeat in the Italian referendum, but Alexander Van der Bellen’s…

Austria and Italian voters could plunge the EU into crisis

3 December 2016 10:31

Voters in Austria and Italy head to the polls tomorrow and could plunge the EU into a political and economic…

The working-class vote explains the rise of Austria’s far-right

23 May 2016 15:56

So Austria has a new leader. The radical leftist Alexander Van der Bellen, a former Green party leader running as an…

David Cameron admits he cries at the Sound of Music

27 April 2015 14:38

This morning the PM turned on the passion in a shouty performance in front of a room full of accountants.…

When Arnie met Ross

16 November 2014 18:10

Arnie mania struck the capital last night. A thousand fans crowded into the Lancaster London Hotel to see Schwarzenegger in…

The Spectator at war: An accent of prejudice

31 October 2014 8:30

From The Spectator, 31 October 1914: We regret to record that a gallant and patriotic sailor, Prince Louis of Battenberg,…

Eurovision: It was the beard wot won it

11 May 2014 11:10

I enjoyed Fraser’s preview of the Eurovision Song Contest; I had not known that he was such a fan. You…

S&P to downgrade France and Austria

13 January 2012 15:57

The word is that France will be downgraded by Standard and Poor’s tonight. AFP is reporting that French officials expect…

European integration that we can get behind

1 January 2012 12:56

Part of the magic of the New Year’s Day concert from the Vienna Philharmonic is knowing that millions are watching…