Maximilian Kriz

Prediction impossible: Britain heading to the polls in December

Prediction impossible: Britain heading to the polls in December

di Maximilian Kriz

The upcoming snap general election will be dominated by one single issue: Brexit. Yet, giving the people a say might still not resolve the current deadlock in parliament. There is a range of impacts resulting from Brexit the British population might worry about, but a lack of democratic participation certainly isn’t one of them. After 100 days in office, Prime… continua

Austrian elections: the start of a green revolution?

Austrian elections: the start of a green revolution?

di Maximilian Kriz

Gains for the greens and losses for the right-wing populists were unexpectedly pronounced. It is now up to Sebastian Kurz whether the result will translate into a greener politics. Last Sunday, Austria’s parliamentary elections created a minor political earthquake which might eventually reshape the country’s ideological orientation. Former Chancellor Sebastian Kurz and his conservative OEVP were able to defend the… continua

Is Europe’s right losing its might?

Is Europe’s right losing its might?

di Maximilian Kriz

The strong right-wing forces of Austria, Britain and Italy have come under pressure. September will show whether they can be sidelined for good. Europe’s right is not invincible after all. In Austria, the far-right Freedom Party still suffers from the Ibiza scandal, when former party chairman Strache was caught on tape promising public contracts in return for party donations, and… continua

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

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