Leadership

What to Make of the European Elections

Right-wing populism is still growing—and has already established itself as a fixture on the political stage. Yascha Mounk The Atlantic The sheer scale of the European elections, coupled with the huge differences among the parties that were on the ballot from Sweden to Greece, makes it possible to find evidence for just about any story about the results. Perhaps because the rise of far-right populism has, three years after the surprise victory of Brexit and the shock election of Donald ... Read More »

New Zealand ‘wellbeing’ budget promises billions to care for most vulnerable

Widespread praise for ‘world-first’ budget tackling mental illness, family violence and child poverty Eleanor Ainge Roy The Guardian After more than a year of curiosity and speculation, New Zealand’s Labour coalition government has unveiled its “world-first” wellbeing budget, to widespread praise from social agencies charged with looking after the… The finance minister, Grant Robertson, unveiled billions for mental health services and child poverty as well as record investment in measures to tackle family violence. “Success is making New Zealand both a ... Read More »

Ken Wyatt sworn in as minister for Indigenous Australians in historic first

In a historic first, an Aboriginal man has been sworn in as minister for Indigenous Australians. Source : AAP – SBS Noongar man Ken Wyatt has made history by being the first Aboriginal person to be sworn in as minister for Indigenous Australians. Mr Wyatt, the member for the West Australian seat of Hasluck, received a rapturous applause as he was sworn in on Wednesday as the first Aboriginal person to take on the Indigenous Affairs portfolio in cabinet. “Can ... Read More »

‘A lot of wrongs to repair’: Justice Michael Kirby calls for national bill of rights

As a high court judge for more than 30 years Michael Kirby knows the law – and he’s using his expertise to call for a national bill of rights. Gloria Kalache SBS A former high court judge has called for Australia to adopt a national bill of human rights. Michael Kirby argues the country has a less than perfect record in protecting the rights of minorities and believes a national bill of rights could make the difference. “We’ve had a lot ... Read More »

Boris Johnson could go on trial for ‘lying and misleading’ in Brexit campaign, judge orders

Judge summonses MP to court after throwing out arguments that allegations are ‘vexatious’ attempt to undermine Brexit Lizzie Dearden Independent Boris Johnson faces trial for allegedly “lying and misleading the British public” about the consequences of Brexit. A judge summonsed the Conservative MP to appear in court after a member of the public launched a private prosecution over claims EU membership was costing the UK £350m a week. District Judge Margot Coleman threw out arguments by Mr Johnson’s lawyers that the case was a… Boris Johnson ... Read More »

WA police stations to fly Aboriginal flag permanently

Aboriginal flags will be raised at all WA police stations and remain there permanently to symbolise the force’s commitment to reconciliation, Chris Dawson says. AAP – SBS Aboriginal flags will be flown permanently at all West Australian police stations as part the force’s Reconciliation Action Plan to improve relations with indigenous people. Commissioner Chris Dawson said it was an important symbolic move to show “we mean what we say”. “I want them to see respect, I want them to know ... Read More »

Why an Indigenous Voice would not be ‘third chamber’ of Parliament

At Uluru in 2017, Indigenous Australians made clear that the kind of constitutional recognition they wanted was a living and continuing recognition, rather than mere words on a page of a… Anne Twomey The Sydney Morning Herald They called for recognition through an ongoing voice to Parliament about the laws and policies that affect them. In rejecting this proposal, one claim by the government was that this would be discriminatory and contrary to principles of equality because it would give ... Read More »

‘I’m not Tony Abbott’: Albanese offers to work with Morrison on climate, Uluru Statement

Anthony Albanese has offered to work with the Coalition government on the constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians and a bipartisan approach to climate change in his first major outing as incoming federal Labor leader. Michael Koziol Brisbane Times The offer came as Mr Albanese’s incoming deputy, Richard Marles, made a mea culpa over his role in tarnishing Labor’s brand in coal-rich Queensland through “tone deaf” remarks welcoming the demise of the coal industry. Mr Albanese vowed to hold the re-elected Coalition ... Read More »

In graphics: How Europe voted

Explore the EU election through 5 graphs and charts. The European election resulted in a fragmented European Parliament where the traditional big two groups, the center-right European People’s Party (EPP) and the center-left Socialists & Democrats (S&D), lost ground and Euroskeptics made gains. By HANNA PAWELEC AND FRANCESCO PICCINELLI Politico Here are the latest results and estimates. Click on the graphic to explore more. Results The European Parliament election is also 28 national elections. Drill down into each national vote with the ... Read More »

EU anti-fraud body considering investigation into Nigel Farage

Former UKIP leader allegedly received gifts worth £450,000 from insurance tycoon and Brexit campaigner Arron Banks. Lili Bayer Politico Former UKIP leader allegedly received gifts worth £450,000 from insurance tycoon and Brexit campaigner Arron Banks. OLAF, the EU’s anti-fraud agency, is in the process of determining whether to open a formal investigation into allegations that British politician Nigel Farage received £450,000 from a businessman. The U.K.’s Channel 4 News program reported last week that Farage had received gifts worth £450,000 from ... Read More »

Trump move to declassify Russia intel draws sharp criticism

President Donald Trump is defending his unprecedented decision to give his Justice Department chief unfettered access to the country’s deepest foreign intelligence secrets amid an… WASHINGTON- Agence France-Presse Hurriyet The president said Attorney General Bill Barr needed unilateral power to declassify any top secret material to get to the roots of the 2016-2018 investigation into whether his election campaign colluded with… Barr “will be able to see how this hoax, how the hoax or witch hunt started, and why it started,” Trump said. ... Read More »

Trump approves $8bn Saudi weapons sale over Iran tensions

US President Donald Trump is approving the sale of billions of dollars’ worth of weapons to Saudi Arabia, citing Iranian threats to its arch rival. BBC Mr Trump invoked a rarely used aspect of federal law to push through the $8bn (£6bn) deal – bypassing Congress. He did so by declaring that ongoing tensions with Iran amounted to a national emergency. The move has angered those who fear the weapons may be used against civilians in Yemen by Saudi-led forces. ... Read More »

Watch: Theresa May Admits Failure, Announces Resignation in Emotional Address

Theresa May announced the end of her turbulent three-year reign as U.K. prime minister, saying she would resign as leader of the Conservative Party on June 7. Brendan Cole Newsweek In a tearful speech on the steps of 10 Downing Street, May said she had done her best to honor the result of the 2016 EU referendum. She described her tenure as the U.K.’s second female premier as being “the honor of my life.” With her voice audibly cracking, she ... Read More »

Boris Johnson Is the EU’s Worst Nightmare

Europe’s top civil servant once described his potential leadership as a ‘horror scenario.’ Ian Wishart Bloomberg For European leaders watching Theresa May’s political death throes, a sense of inevitability has been replaced by one of fear. Rather than break the deadlock over Brexit, the departure of the British prime minister raises the prospect of what they’ve long considered their worst nightmare: a U.K. run by Boris Johnson, the… If May was predictable and her strategy clear, albeit flawed, many EU ... Read More »

The Ankara Ultimatum

Subtlety and nuance are not a priority in Trump’s dealing with Turkey James Gorrie The Epoch Times Donald Trump’s approach to foreign policy is less than subtle. It has been said that wherever he—the bull—goes, he brings his own China shop with him. But in some cases, like Turkey, it has an advantage: Everybody knows where they stand. A Deteriorating Relationship It’s no secret that relations between Turkey and the United States have deteriorated over the years. U.S. interests are ... Read More »

Cultural Diplomacy: The Missing Link in EU Foreign Policy

The EU’s principal values of democracy, human rights, and the rule of law are being challenged both internationally and within Europe itself, by populist governments. Gijs de Vries Berlin Policy Journal Faced with such threats to its cultural identity, the EU needs to respond, including by cultural diplomacy. The international system is undergoing rapid change. Power is shifting from Western states to rising powers; Russia and China are working to discredit civil and political rights; populists are eroding democracy by ... Read More »