Maximilian Kriz

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

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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