Maximilian Kriz

Comprehending China: where Communist surveillance meets the American dream

Comprehending China: where Communist surveillance meets the American dream

di Maximilian Kriz

China drives technological innovation, controls its citizens like few other countries and keeps the US Trade Department busy. Should the West be frightened? Some personal observations. When foreigners (like the author of these lines) enter Chinese territory, they quickly apprehend the first rule of modern-day China: nothing works without smartphones, particularly without WeChat. Wish to hail a taxi? Use an… continua

Global press freedom under attack

Global press freedom under attack

di Maximilian Kriz

Journalists are being threatened, persecuted, arrested and killed around the world. A recent incident in Austria shows that even reporters in established democracies are subject to attacks. Last Friday marked the annual global press freedom day, but there was no reason for celebration. Since the start of 2019 ten journalists have been killed and more than 170 imprisoned. The NGO… continua

Breaking Brexit: Has democracy failed the demos?

Breaking Brexit: Has democracy failed the demos?

di Maximilian Kriz

One of the oldest debates in political science has gained new relevance due to Brexit: if the people and their elected representatives fight for different goals, has democracy ceased to function? Does democracy work? Churchill’s famous dictum that democracy is the worst form of government except for all the others has always nourished the hope that the interests of a… continua

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