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Weekly update: Vienna extends lockdown, Health Minister resigns


Due to the critical situation in intensive care units, the state of Vienna has extended the current lockdown until 2 May. In the meantime, the government is planning a large-scale re-opening starting in the same month.

Vienna. Photo: David Mark via Pixabay


Health Minister Rudolf Anschober (Grüne), one of the most popular Austrian politicians, has resigned from his position due to overexertion and health problems. With this resignation, the Greens are losing an important mediator in their already challenging partnership with the Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP).


Austrian writer Anna Baar presented her new novel Nil (2021), a book about storytelling and the blurred boundary between fiction and reality. You can read an excerpt here.


The Youtube-series Koch-Kabarett offers cooking tutorials for making Austrian specialties…all explained in dialect! Here’s how you can make your own Leberkäse.

Word of the week

The German expression ‘dieses Jahr’, ‘this year’, is known in Austria as ‘heuer’.


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