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Journalist. Bylines @NYTimes, @CNN, @WashingtonPost, @Guardian. Nat Geo Explorer + IWMF Fellow. Previously in China + SE Asia. Native Austrian, can't jodel.
Oct 13, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
In early March, more than 10,000 infections across Europe traced back to ski resorts in Tyrol, most of them to Ischgl. It’s a beautiful village that lives entirely off winter tourism. But when the first cases were confirmed, authorities didn’t contain the spread. Why? Instead of acting, they downplayed + outright lied about the risks when they were very well aware that a COVID-infected barkeeper who’d been coughing + sneezing for a week while serving hundreds of tourists in a packed apres-ski bar must have transmitted the virus.
Oct 11, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
In 2015, the last time Vienna headed to the polls, the far right and Heinz-Christian Strache garnered 30+%. I covered him then, and the thousands of supporters who cheered him on at Saint Stephen‘s square. This time, it‘s a totally different affair:… Preliminary results now showing Strache at 4%, below the 5% threshold to get into city council.
May 18, 2020 11 tweets 3 min read
Tourists from the US and the UK who got Covid19 said they wouldn't have traveled to #Ischgl /St Anton if they'd known what authorities knew at the time. They were left in the dark. Moreover: They are upset that there's no accountability.… I interviewed the Tyrol politician responsible. He said they could have done a better job at informing tourists, that they'd need to have more "weltmännische" communications. Though the province basically lives off tourism, he said he was surprised how "international" it was.