Friday 18 August 2017

David McWilliams: Citizens must fight rise of European bankocracy

David McWilliams

David McWilliams

I am whizzing through the Austrian countryside towards Vienna Airport on a packed train to get a flight back to Dublin. The efficiency of this place is extraordinary -- as too is the male Austrian weakness for the hats with large luxuriant feathers sticking out of them!

Silly as it sounds, it is actually quite funny to see grown men prancing around with a veritable peacock's tail growing out of their felt caps. But that's what European culture is all about -- the evident, wonderful and cherished differences between all the countries.

Here in Austria, the European-wide ban on smoking in public has not yet been introduced. As a result, the cavernous cafes serving delicious milky coffee with artery-threatening Apfelscrudel and cream, are a haze of thick cigar smoke.

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