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V-J Day Kiss woman passes on
Photo: Alfred Eisenstaedt/Life Magazine

The woman whose participation in an impromptu kiss celebrating the end of the war with Japan has died on Thursday after a brief illness at the age of 92.

Seven things that surprised me about Austrians
Wien Tourismus

As she prepares to leave Vienna after three years living here, the Local’s Maddy French muses over some of the things that surprised her about Austrians.

Ghost of Austria's 'last monarch' still looms large
Franz Josef in 1905. Photo: Library of Congress

Even a century after his death, Austria's mutton-chop whiskered emperor Franz Joseph still looms large in the national consciousness.

Austria's refugee crisis: One year on
Donations being handed to Train of Hope to be distributed to refugees. Photo: Facebook/Train of Hope

A look back on a year since 71 refugees and migrants were discovered in the back of a truck in Austria, having suffocated to death while being smuggled into central Europe.

New book raises suspicions over Kampusch case
The house where Natascha was held captive. Photo: Priwo/Wikimedia

A new book published on the 10th anniversary of the escape of Natascha Kampusch offers fresh evidence that the abduction was not the action of a single lone kidnapper.

Sweet expectations fulfilled with strawberry cakes
Members of the cake jury. Photo: Patrick Sabo

Ever wondered who makes the best strawberry cake in Vienna? Yelp, the online local business guide ran a contest on Wednesday for 13 products from nine different bakers, with a 30-person judging panel, and decided they found a winner.

Brexit
The burning questions for British expats about Brexit
Photo: Wikimedia

For expats who have chosen to take full advantage of the European Union freedom of movement and make their home in Austria, the questions about the effects of a Brexit just keep mounting.

Op ed
Expert warns Islam in Austria is anti-Western
Ibrahim Olgun, a 28-year-old Austrian-born Islamic theologian. Photo: IGGIÖ

Soeren Kern is a Senior Fellow at the New York-based Gatestone Institute. He writes on his perspective of the increasing influence of Turkish Islam in Austria. Republished with kind permission from the Gatestone Institute, in whose journal this article originally appeared.

Opinion
Why we are part of the Brexit problem - and what to do
Photo: AFP

It’s been a long night, and for those of us Brits who have made our lives elsewhere in Europe, it will be a long road ahead writes The Local's managing editor James Savage.

Travel
What to do in 72 hours in Vienna
Photo: Pixabay/Creative Commons

Scottish travel blogger Megan Conway on how to experience the best of the Austrian capital.

Some of Austria's prettiest towns and villages
Photo: Johann Jaritz/wikimedia

Although the Austrian capital Vienna holds the top spot for quality of life year after year, sometimes one just needs to get out of the city and go explore nature.

Austrian reported for 'forgetting' dog in hot car
VIER PFOTEN International

With temperatures steadily climbing in Austria, an animal rescue charity is warning pet owners not to leave their dogs alone in cars under any circumstances.

Five unwritten rules about cake in Austria
Photo: Hotel Sacher

With Dunkin Donuts soon shutting its doors in Austria, The Local has some ideas about why they struggled to find fans in the country.

FPÖ failure shows opposition to rightward surge
Norbert Hofer, the failed FPÖ presidential candidate for Austria. Photo: Freedom Party

While far-right parties across Europe hailed the near-election of one of their own as Austrian president as a boost for their future prospects, his defeat shows that mainstream forces are still capable of rallying to keep extremists out of power.

All you need to know about Austria's new president
Facebook/VanderBellen/Niko Ostermann

Fans affectionately call him "the professor", while his critics decry him as a haughty "green dictator".

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