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Alexander Görlach



Alexanderplatz – one of Berlin’s central squares, and the column of the Editor-in-Chief. Alexander Görlach writes about politics, culture and the course of human progress.

A Thirty-Year War

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On September 11th 2001 the world entered a new era of violence. In the end there will be less religion in the world, just like in Europe after 1648, when humanism and the Enlightenment unfurled their victory banners. Before us lie bleak years.


Hanging by a thread

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Angela Merkel’s chancellorship now depends on Mr. Edogan of Turkey and Mr. Seehofer of Bavaria. That doesn’t bode well for her. Meanwhile the Right is gaining strength throughout Europe.


Wolf-Christian Weimer



This editorial focus lies on economics, business and technology. Always with an interdisciplinary approach.

Digital Armament

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President Barack Obama is well known to be a frequent user of modern technology. No wonder some newspapers gave him the title “Social Media President.” Obama’s Twitter account is the third most followed in the world. Only Katy Perry and Justin Bieber have more followers. Every 33rd person that is active on Facebook likes the 44th president of the United States.


Vincent-Immanuel Herr


Who, If Not Us?

The Young European Collective is a group of Europeans from different countries, backgrounds, and perspectives. Each week, one member will voice a unique viewpoint on a topic from a variety of social, political, and cultural developments and aspects of life in Europe. The activities of the group are funded by Stiftung Mercator.

More Feminists

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Women’s equality is directly linked to Europe’s overall well-being. Only by overcoming gender inequality can we truly lay the foundations for the continent’s future.



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We do hold a responsibility to remember about the dark past of Nazism. However, this is not for Germans only to shoulder this responsibility in the form of national guilt.


Get back up, try again

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Across the world, people are getting to stage to share their biggest failures.


Quitting the paralysis

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Half a decade after Stéphane Hessel’s call for outrage, young people continue to languish in apathy. Could our society’s emphasis of individualism be at fault?


Yara Zgheib


Aristotle at afternoon tea

“… the artistic and contemplative construction of a world more real than reality itself.” – Oscar Wilde

A column on philosophy and culture, politics and art…. just a smart conversation over afternoon tea.

On Tinted Glasses

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Our vision of the world is dictated by our perspective. What if that perspective gets skewed?


Maintaining order

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Governments ask conformity in exchange for safety. It is a transaction we cannot accept.


The Madness Equilibrium

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John Nash devised a supremely rational, Nobel Prize-winning model. He was also a supremely irrational man. How can this be?


The Fabric of our Society

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Today, fashion is a mass-produced commodity. This makes us forget that what we wear used to be a political statement – and could once again be an instrument of change.


Jesse Van Mouwerik


Top Culture

Analyzing where foreign policy, social change, and popular culture overlap.

The Politics of Prejudice around the “Agreekment”

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A look at attitudes about Greece.


Democratic Default?

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Greece’s endless eleventh hour agreements and continued resistance to bailout package terms have many wondering what next steps the country should take.


The Decline of Money

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Screwy economic realities have lead to more and more young people prioritizing living standards over wealth.


Could a Little Tyranny Actually be Good?

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Freedom has a cost. Unfortunately that cost is often freedom.


Lars Mensel


Network effects

A column about the internet, technology, and everything that happens in between.


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During the Greek crisis, protest has migrated online. But who is listening?


Steeping in our own realities

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There will inevitably come a point when you lose track of progress. Better to accept it now.


He’s got the look

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Greek finance minister Yanis Varoufakis came for finance talks and made the fashion pages. Why are we so surprised when someone couples a fresh approach with a different look?


Candid Camera

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Should police officers wear cameras to clarify cases like that in Ferguson? I don’t think so.

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