Olivia Ramya Tanner traveled to Sri Lanka to find her birth mother. Then the Swiss woman discovered that everything — from her birth certificate on up — was a lie. She’s not alone. Alison Langley reports from Zurich.
By Alison Langley January 28, 2019 View original story here Republik, a Swiss news startup, raised $2.4 million in less than two weeks in 2017, when a crowdfunding campaign that promised a new kind of journalism took off and set records.A year after its launch, its de facto publisher, Christof Moser, looks slightly more gaunt […]
Because the literature prize has been a stuffy boys club for too long.
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Similar to the UK’s Brexit talks, Switzerland is locked in increasingly tense negotiations about its future.
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Largely without tuition fees and open to all, institutions have seen their intakes soar
Students worked with scientists at particle physics facility to help displaced people
The Austrian electorate has let its frustration be known at the presidential polls. As Alison Langley reports from Vienna, the Freedom Party’s success is a wake-up call for the established parties. This article first appeared on DW.COM Thomas Kienbauer likens the ruling Socialist Party of Austria (SPÖ) to the Titanic in a cake decoration he […]
As many EU countries introduce new rules governing who may cross their borders amid the massive influx of migrants, many people looking for safe refuge are in limbo at the frontiers. Alison Langley reports from Slovenia. See more…
In the spring, when Syrian refugees began walking across the Hungarian border into Austria, they came in a steady stream of about 150 a day. The Austrian government responded by erecting Red Cross tents in the middle of fields at a time when the country was experiencing the coldest and rainiest season on record. The […]
Despite warnings that such actions are illegal, the Austrian government has implemented a daily cap on asylum applicants entering. From Vienna, DW’s Alison Langley writes that not everyone thinks that it is a good idea. See more…
Not long ago Rabee al Refai and his family were dodging bombs in Syria. Now they’re hopeful their kids will soon go to school and Dr. al Refai will return to the operating room in Austria, reports Alison Langley. See more…
This article first appeared on dw.de. Austria has begun housing refugees in tents. The government says it’s a last resort to deal with the greater influx of people seeking refuge. Alison Langley reports from a tent city in Linz. Iranian Ebrahim Vasei reached Austria via Bulgaria, after spending […]
This story first appeared on dw.de. The Austrian parliament is expected to pass on Wednesday a law that either strengthens – or weakens – the Islamic religion’s status, depending on whom you talk to. Alison Langley reports from Vienna. To the ruling coalition, the Islam Law could be […]
This story first appeared on dw.de While the world waits to see whether the Ukraine ceasefire will hold, Austrian businesses look on with dismay at increasingly slim prospects that the economy will pick up this year, writes Alison Langley from Vienna. After years of enjoying fat profits with Austria’s central […]
This article first appeared in cjr.org By Alison Langley AFTER ALAN RUSBRIDGER ANNOUNCED last December that he would step down as editor of The Guardian, he looked back on his 20 years at the helm of one of the UK’s best known papers and asked himself, “Do I have anything to regret?” One […]
This article first appeared in cjr.org. The government takes on the investigative news channel By Alison Langley February 9, 2015 617 words Best known for reality shows like Jungle Camp and Big Brother, RTL, which bills itself as “Europe’s leading entertainment network,” has never been known for a quality news department in any […]
This article first appeared in cjr.org Reporters are taking continent-wide investigations one step further By Alison Langley November 12, 2014 920 words When Brigitte Alfter was the European Union correspondent in Brussels for a Danish newspaper a decade ago, the stories she covered were only relevant to her Danish audience. Her sources came […]
This article first appeared in cjr.org Jihad Yazigi discusses why The Syria Report sticks to covering the economy By Alison Langley October 22, 2014 781 words In weekly dispatches, readers of The Syria Report have been tracking the implosion of the war-torn country by the numbers: The country will begin importing beef from […]
This article first appeared on CJR.org Russia’s advance into Crimea has transformed Ukrainian television news coverage By Alison Langley Ukrainian media mogul Dmitry Firtash walked out of pre-trial detention in Vienna last week, where he was arrested on bribery and suspicion of forming a criminal organization after paying a record-breaking 125 million euros […]