The alpine region was carved up in the aftermath of World War I. The two halves have grown more distinct in those 90 years.
For all the scorn that media outlets and everyday Austrians have heaped upon nationalist Jörg Haider over the last two decades, the public mood this week has been surprisingly solemn.
Last night was a long night. It felt like two or three long nights.
Try finding a Black Ploughman in Germany, or a Li'l Mason.
I just saw the worst television ad ever, for a soft drink called "Georgia." Following eight snappy and clever spots, the exception proved the rule.
European television ads are reeeeeally good. But what are the billboard models trying to tell me?
Austria's two nationalist parties gained an unprecedented share of the vote on Sunday. That alarmed the other 70 percent of the population and prompted my colleague to ponder emigration.
In August, the nudists were shoulder to shoulder at a riverside park three miles down the Danube from central Vienna. But then came three weeks of cold drizzle, and just a dozen of them turned out for the Indian summer afternoon that followed.
Die Banalitäten, die US- Wahlkämpfe regelmäßig dominieren, beherrschen dieses Jahr auch den Wahlkampf in Österreich.
With only 8 million countrymen and -women, Austrians take close relationships into account when making decisions.
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