That Dutch election inspired hope…but not because of who won outright

by Rashmee

Posted on April 17, 2021


/ FAITH, HOPE… It seems awfully long ago (April 2 actually) that Dutch prime minister Mark Rutte survived a no-confidence vote after being caught up in a scandal that threatened to end his 11 years in office. And the March 17 Dutch  election seems like ancient history. In managing the crisis-defying feat of winning,  Mr … Continue reading “That Dutch election inspired hope…but not because of who won outright”

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Is Europe course-correcting after taking a hard-right turn?

by Rashmee

Posted on March 30, 2021 / The National


Now that the Netherlands’ election results have been finalised and officially published, chances are much of the world will lose interest in what happens next. After all, the incumbent won a fourth term after a dull campaign in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic and the process of forming a coalition government in the Netherlands … Continue reading “Is Europe course-correcting after taking a hard-right turn?”

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Message from Bavaria: Peak alt-right?

by Rashmee

Posted on October 21, 2018 / The Arab Weekly


If there’s a lesson from Germany’s regional election in Bavaria, it is about foolish choices in political fashion. If a centrist party appropriates the style of the far right, the new silhouette may end up looking absurd, false and opportunistic. That’s what happened October 14 with the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria. It tried … Continue reading “Message from Bavaria: Peak alt-right?”

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Rashmee has lived and worked in several countries in the past decade, including Afghanistan, India, Haiti, Tunisia, the UAE, US and UK