Sebastian Kurz

More than 200 people dead in attack on Egyptian mosque

At least 200 people have been injured or killed in a bomb and gun attack during Friday prayers at a mosque in Egypt’s Sinai peninsula. It’s the …

Islamic State (ISIS)

German liberals: Better off in opposition

The failure this week of negotiations over a four-party “Jamaica” coalition in Germany has a face: Christian Lindner. It was the 38-year-old leader …

European News

Goodbye Angela Merkel: Can Political Strife Undermine Europe's Economic Recovery?

Angela Merkel is in trouble. The 12-year chancellor cannot find a consensus among allies and after failing to form a coalition this past weekend, some in the opposition are asking for her to step down.<p>“At the margin, a Germany without Merkel is a positive,” says Vladimir Signorelli, founder of …

Angela Merkel

Without Merkel in charge, Europe could fall apart

When Mutti talked, the squabbling stopped. Without her, who will have this effect?<p>No leader is indispensable, but it does feel like the future of Europe stands or falls with Angela Merkel. She’s been the godmother of the European Union for almost 15 years, and other leaders have learnt to accept …

Business (UK)

Now that Queen Elizabeth II is the oldest world leader, who would be her successor?

When 93-year-old Robert Mugabe stepped down Tuesday from his 37-year reign as president of Zimbabwe, he also forfeited his position as the world's …

Royal Family

Newcomer Lindner under fire for torpedoing Merkel's coalition hopes

Meet Christian Lindner, 38, who led the electoral comeback of his pro-business Free Democrats (FDP) but was Monday widely accused of irresponsible …

Christian Lindner

My Europe: 'Foreigners can be racists too'

You’ve read the headline and now you’re up in arms, aren’t you? Unfortunately, I, Krsto Lazarevic, am going to disappoint you. The majority of …

World News

The millennial who could be Italy’s next leader

<i>Want smart analysis of the most important news in your inbox every weekday along with other global reads, interesting ideas and opinions to know? Sign up for the Today's WorldView newsletter.</i><p><b>In Washington, Luigi Di Maio stood out.</b> Trim and clean-shaven, the Italian politician is a generation …

World News

Austria accepted its Holocaust guilt. So why is its far right on the rise?

Tina Walzer speaking at the inauguration of an artwork about the Holocaust at Vienna’s Herminnengasse subway station, Oct. 19, 2017. (Cnaan …

Jewish Culture

Jewish-Austrian MP: Now’s not the time to move our embassy to Jerusalem

The sole Jewish parliamentarian from Austria’s ruling party is currently opposed to moving the country’s embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.<p>In an …

Israel

The myth of Justin Trudeau’s youthful government

Justin Trudeau’s government is lauded as a crew of bright whippersnappers learning the ropes—the reality is much more grey.<p>There’s a wave of …

Canada

Austrian far-Right Freedom Party on brink of power ditches 'Nazi' cornflower

A far-Right party expected to be part of Austria’s new coalition government has given up wearing a flower associated with the 1930s Nazi movement in the country.<p>When MPs from the Freedom Party (FPÖ) took their seats at Thursday’s opening session of parliament, they were not wearing their customary …

European History

How Proportional Representation Empowers the Far-Right

Rise of extremism is helped by electoral systems that give fringe parties seats.

Democracy

Austria's far-right picks different flower for parliament's opening session

A different lapel flower worn by the far-right at the opening of Austria’s new parliament hasn't gone unnoticed. FPÖ members wore edelweiss while …

World News

Why Trump’s far-right admirers in Europe haven’t matched his electoral success

As Donald Trump toasted his victory following the U.S. presidential election one year ago, he and his team weren’t the only ones …

Donald Trump

EDITORIAL: Xenophobic millennials

Growing up with unlimited access to information through the internet, millennials the world over should care less about nationalism and patriotism …

Millennials

German and Austrian far-right are not identical

Many media outlets often lump these parties together as if they were identical, but Israeli and local Jewish interests concerning these parties are …

Opinion

Austria's prospective ruling parties agree on budget discipline, cutbacks for migrants

VIENNA (Reuters) - Austria's conservative People's Party and the far-right Freedom Party (FPO) said on Friday they had agreed on a commitment to the European Union and budget discipline as well as cuts in migrants' welfare benefits as basic policies for a new coalition government.<p>People's Party …

World News

Austrian Holocaust survivor trolled after warning about FPÖ

Trolls have posted hate comments to a video in which Holocaust survivor Rudolf Gelbard warns of the dangers posed by Austria's Freedom Party. The …

World News

Anti-E.U. campaigns may help at the polls, but campaign promises fade quickly

It’s easy to see why parties across Europe gain from campaigning with an anti-European Union agenda. From Sebastian Kurz in Austria to Andrej Babis in the Czech Republic, euroskeptic party leaders saw victories in fall 2017 by putting their own countries first.<p>But these politicians quickly discover …

U.S. Politics

China ready to take advantage of Trump

Donald Trump lurches off Air Force One in Beijing on Wednesday in what will be portrayed by the Chinese propaganda apparatus as the template for the …

Donald Trump

The rise of the political entrepreneur and why we need more of them

The Fourth Industrial Revolution is completely shifting the way we live, work, and play.<p>Exponential advances in technologies are disrupting economic …

Democracy

Understanding Populism And The Far Right In The European Elections

2017 has been a year of many European elections, and they just keep on coming. A week ago it was the Czech Republic and the week before that Austria. …

Czech Republic

Is Europe’s Far Right Stoppable?

Paul HockenosThe mainstream’s analysis of the phenomenon is deeply flawed, and its responses only exacerbate the problem.The post Is Europe’s Far …

Liberal View

Democracy With a Cynically Populist Face

Paweł MarczewskiSebastian Kurz and the new Austrian politics.The post Democracy With a Cynically Populist Face appeared first on The Nation.

Liberal View

Germany Has Been a Beacon of Stability in a Time of Unrest. That’s About to End.

It is astounding how quickly politics has descended into chaos on both sides of the Atlantic.<p>Yascha Mounk, a lecturer on government at Harvard and a …

Democracy

Are Millennials Giving Up On Democracy?

Earlier this month, 31-year-old wunderkind Sebastian Kurz was elected as Austria’s new chancellor. Kurz—who ran on a populist, anti-immigration platform—is just the latest anti-establishment candidate worldwide to benefit from young people’s waning interest in liberal democracy, centrist …

Opinion

Fake News Tries to Link Austria's Chancellor-to-Be and Philanthropist George Soros

Screenshot from the Macedonian aggregator Time.mk displaying links to media articles spreading the fake news that Kurz forbid Soros foundations in …

Liberal View

Brexit is starting to resemble a grisly Halloween tale

If, according to recent polls, most Britons now believe that Brexit is a huge mistake, then why is this country still pursuing it?<p>It reminds me of …

Brexit

Spain’s crisis is the next challenge for the EU

The EU is politically and intellectually unprepared for a crisis in Spain. The European project is based on the idea that the EU is a “safe space” …

Carles Puigdemont