Monday Must Reads
Recommended reading from the most interesting new political and current affairs articles from across the world wide web.
Politics and Thrones
Amongst those watching last night’s premier of the final season of Game of Thrones will have been a number of present and former world leaders. When President Obama was in the White House he even had HBO send him advance episodes for watching in the Presidential cinema, before they aired. Former British Prime Minister David Cameron is known to be a fan but he prefers to watch the series on box set, when a season has finished.
Cameron and Obama not only differ in how they watch the show but also in which character is their favourite. Whereas Obama is a fan of the political operator, Tyrion Lannister; David Cameron prefers the well intentioned but tragically naive character of Ned Stark.
The current Prime Minister of New Zealand, Jacinda Ardern has taken Game of Thrones fandom amongst world leaders to a new level, with many of her colleagues in Government calling her the “Mother of Dragons”. Being that the show has such a following amongst world leaders it was appropriate that, this weekend, realist foreign policy journal, The National Interest recognised the program’s vivid portrayal of the complexity of international politics.
Brussels Boys Club
Driving the news agenda across the continent for the next six weeks will be the European Parliamentary elections. In an op-ed for Politico, Corinna Horst argues that this provides Political Parties across the European Union the opportunity to redress the gender imbalance within the Parliament. This Ms. Horst hopes will bring positive disruption to politics in Brussels in a way that she believes Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the record number of women elected to serve in Congress, last year, have done in Washington D.C.
Letter from America
Mayor Pete Buttigieg, the 37-year-old Mayor of South Bend, Indiana announced his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States, yesterday. An Afghanistan War Veteran, who is also openly gay and a Rhodes scholar; Mayor Pete certainly has a unique biography. Learn more about him and his politics, in this new profile from New York Magazine.
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