Less than half a year after its introduction in February, the Austrian government has announced that the mandatory COVID vaccination will soon be a thing of the past. The opposition calls people to remain watchful though.
New studies exposing the dangers of the COVID-19 vaccines are published on a weekly basis. But, along with the mounting number of vaccine-related side effects, they are routinely met with silence by the media and politicians.
The notion that there are limits to our growth is holding the West in a psychological stranglehold. Whereas other civilizations are thriving, the West suffers from a weariness that stifles any belief in further progress. This weariness has had a name for almost 2,000 years: Acedia.
After a car accident involving two drunken bodyguards of the Austrian chancellor, suspicions of structural abuse of bodyguards by high-ranking politicians harden. An anonymous letter reveals abusive structures, the opposition inquires.
More than 500 years ago Antoine Brumel wrote a 12-part Mass that allows us to experience the uninhibited spirituality of the pre-Reformation world of the early 16th century. Its construction from a tiny motif of Gregorian chant from the Easter Lauds is nothing less than awe-inspiring.
The outbreak of war in Ukraine has caused an identity crisis in Europe. Yesterday’s pacifism turned into today’s belligerence in a heartbeat, all the while avoiding the geopolitical elephant in the room in favor of moral indignation. This should be a wake-up call.
Throughout his life, Stefan Zweig promoted the idea of a peaceful, united Europe but this was a call which went unheard during his lifetime. On the 80th anniversary of his suicide, his forgotten calls for peace in Europe are as urgent as ever.