John Foster / 03 Apr 2019

The Populist Ideal

Trump and the Future of European Politics

The West is getting populist, roiling politics across Europe and the Americas. Centre-right parties, such as Germany’s governing Christian Democrats, and Britain’s Conservatives, find themselves being pushed rightwards in heretofore unimaginable ways.(...)

Natalie Sarkic-Todd / 01 Apr 2019

Revoke Article 50

Britain Takes Back Control

And yet there is hope. Today, on 1 April (Yes, April Fool’s Day,) the UK parliament debates the Revoke Article 50 petition.  For those who say petitions are useless,  this shows that when government is not listening, at least citizens can be heard and influence the political process.(...)

Henrietta Foster / 27 Mar 2019

No Going Back

Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country

Keith Gessen’s A Terrible Country is based on a year he spent in Moscow looking after his elderly grandmother who was suffering from dementia. It is a remarkable and absorbing book that charts the author’s complicated relationship with all things Russian.(...)

Joel Schalit / 20 Mar 2019

Salvini in Christchurch

Taking Responsibility for Terror

New Zealand could not have been further away. Yet, somehow, Italy’s populist-in-chief found a way to make himself a victim of the Christchurch massacre, by claiming he would be scapegoated for the event.(...)

Josh White / 18 Mar 2019

Britain’s Human Rights Crisis

Sajid Javid’s Path to Number 10

UK Home Secretary Sajid Javid has ambitions to succeed Prime Minister Theresa May. He’s been beefing up his repertoire for nastiness ever since he took over in the wake of the Windrush scandal.(...)

Turkish hip-hop couture. Karl-Marx-Straße, December 2012.
John Foster / 15 Mar 2019

Fear is the New Normal

Carolin Emcke’s Against Hate

Hate is an ironic concept. It has been a recurring theme in western politics for centuries and, if the statistics collected by law enforcement on acts of violence are anything to go on, we’re in crisis mode again.(...)

Armin Langer / 13 Mar 2019

Dog-Whistle Antisemitism

The War on George Soros

The European People’s Party (EPP) has initiated a process that could remove Hungary’s governing Fidesz from the centre-right group. Twelve member parties requested the step, which will be voted on next week. “Viktor Orbán has crossed the red line,” said EPP President Joseph Daul.(...)

Paul Simon / 11 Mar 2019

Black Hole Country

Chronicle of a Ukrainian Election Foretold

Vote-rigging, corruption scandals, right-wing violence. Twenty days before the election, the struggle to become Ukraine’s next president is being waged ever more intensely.(...)

Posts navigation