In Vienna, it’s yesterday once more

by Rashmee

Posted on January 13, 2020


Sebastian Kurz, Austria’s chancellor, is proof that political leopards don’t change their spots even when they swap out a far-right coalition partner for one on the left. In his first interview with the international media since taking office after re-election, Mr Kurz was talking a familiar poisonous line. He described illegal immigrants as a threat … Continue reading “In Vienna, it’s yesterday once more”

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Even in the age of gender fluidity, Sebastian Kurz’s political fluidity is striking

by Rashmee

Posted on September 28, 2019


Austria’s former – and future? – chancellor Sebastian Kurz is a prime example of political flexibility. He doesn’t seem overburdened by ideology (or political principles). Tomorrow (Sunday, Sept. 29), Austrians go to the polls and the results seem a foregone conclusion. Mr Kurz will lead his conservative Austrian People’s party to victory; polls suggest he … Continue reading “Even in the age of gender fluidity, Sebastian Kurz’s political fluidity is striking”

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Africa’s old guard holds back change – and the necessary youthquake

by Rashmee

Posted on February 14, 2018


That African leaders are markedly older than the people they rule is a given. That they’re about 10 years older than European leaders (or US presidents, Donald Trump excluded) is an interesting reflection on the state of politics on the African continent. New Zealand has a young prime minister – Jacinda Ardern is 37 and … Continue reading “Africa’s old guard holds back change – and the necessary youthquake”

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From beyond the grave, the ‘Austria First’ Jorg Haider effect

by Rashmee

Posted on October 16, 2017


So what’s new in Austria? In December, it missed electing Norbert Hofer of the far-right Freedom Party as president. (The margin of defeat was less than 10 percentage points). In the 1999 general election, the Freedom Party led by the late Jorg Haider, won 27 per cent of the national vote. This was more than … Continue reading “From beyond the grave, the ‘Austria First’ Jorg Haider effect”

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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