Polemics_Austria

Bucking the System – A New Campaign Strategy Changes Austrian Elections

Using an anti-system campaign strategy has defined a new approach to elections across Europe, with the Austrian Freedom Party joining the Austrian People’s Party in a coalition government after the National Council vote in...
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Russian War Games Spark Fear in the West

Zapad 2017 (“The West 2017”) represented the biggest Russian-led military exercise since Russia’s annexation of Crimea in 2014, and has raised concerns among military strategists that Russia may again be seeking to expand its...
Polemics_Kurz-Netanjahu

Antisemitismus ohne Antisemiten

„In einer Ironie der Geschichte findet in Österreich gerade ein neuer politischer Wettkampf statt: Wer ist der mutigste Anti-Antisemit?“, schrieb Martin Engelberg in einem Artikel am 15. Oktober diesen Jahres, der in der israelischen...
Polemics_Japan

Recent Abe Victory Shakes Pacifist Japan

Following Shinzo Abe´s remarkable election result, commentators have speculated about his renewed zeal for constitutional revision; namely the amendment of Article 9 to grant constitutional recognition of the quasi-military Self-Defence Forces. However, a lukewarm...
Polemics_Assimilate

Assimilate or Leave

The 450 members of the Ukrainian Parliament decided by majority vote to introduce a new law regarding education policy. As of 2018, this law establishes Ukrainian as the sole nationwide language of secondary education....
Polemics_Fashion

Crossing Borders: The Role of Fashion in Politics

Over the past few decades, political slogans have found a space in high fashion shows, highlighting issues such as immigration, diversity and feminism. Since the 1980s, bold slogans have been featured on T-shirts- from...

Syria: Has the war permanently damaged coexistence?

Age-old sectarian clashes, especially between Sunni and Shiaa Muslims, are often thrust into the forefront of narratives discussing the causes of the war in Syria. But six years into the deadliest war of the...
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Of Paris, Pacts and Paradoxes

CO2 levels are continuously increasing, biodiversity is vanishing and extreme weather events cover news pages. Yet, the political momentum for environmental protection is losing steam. Well, not entirely… one European country of indomitable pioneers...
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Hard Times for Free Trade in North America – Canada gears up for NAFTA...

As the Trump administration’s growing mistrust of international trade deals places the North American Free Trade Agreement squarely within White House crosshairs, Canada is gearing up for renegotiations with the United States. Since the February...
Polemics_Kurdistan

Kurdistan: Diplomatie eines Nicht-Staats

Normalerweise werden Gäste in der Vertretung der Regionalregierung Kurdistan-Irak mit Baklava und Tee empfangen. Doch der Import der traditionellen Süßspeise ist im Moment unterbrochen. Nach dem Unabhängigkeitsreferendum vom 25. September 2017, in dem 92...