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Lars Mensel

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Network effects

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

Here's to being here

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What if the constant recording of every nook and cranny of our daily life is helping us to be more in touch with reality rather than less?

01.10.2014

Manipulate us!

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The internet has eliminated all things that make life unpredictable. Luckily, the large online corporations are coming to our rescue.

23.09.2014

Juliane Mendelsohn

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On the Verge

Dear Mr Fukuyama, I have a problem with the fact that history has ended…
This column looks at the state of the European Dream and the law, politics and ideology of a post-2008 world.

Emma gets it

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To this day, women are still the weaker sex. This is not only bad for women, it is bad for everyone – especially for men.

24.09.2014

The vocabulary of a conflict

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Is it too harsh to call Israel an apartheid state? If we are willing to describe Hamas as a backward terrorist organization, then we should probably apply harsher rhetoric to the actions of Israel as well.

28.08.2014

Not buying it

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Social entrepreneurship is a blessing for producers and consumers. Not because it makes capitalism more social or better, but because it sugar-coats the realities of an unjust system – encouraging us to accept the bad and focus on the good.

29.07.2014

The State of the Union

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Jean-Claude Juncker will be a compromise president but no strong leader. What Europe really needs is an anti-Juncker willing to introduce new policies and to be held accountable for them.

01.07.2014

Mark Briggs

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Channel Hopping

Keeping an eye on British politics, because “Europe” doesn’t start south of the channel.

The old ball and chain

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Why I am glad Scotland stays with us but potentially would have voted to leave the Union if given the choice.

19.09.2014

Squeaky bum time

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Regardless of the result, the Scottish referendum will change British politics fundamentally – and we should be thankful for that.

16.09.2014

An unexpected summer

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If even the silly season is as eventful as it has been this year, then David Cameron should brace himself for a harsh autumn and winter.

10.09.2014

A hypocritical choice

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Last week, David Cameron nominated Jonathan Hill as the UK's next European Commissioner. It raises doubts about his intention of keeping Britain in the EU.

24.07.2014

Jörg Friedrich

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ArteFacts

Where do facts come from? How can we decide whether something is true, or right, or good? Jörg Friedrich writes about the intersection of science, philosophy, and public policy.

Local is the new digital

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Buying on the Internet is easy and convenient, but it cannot replace the experience you get from buying from your local dealer.

19.09.2014

Familiar Feelings

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Donating sperm is much more than a mundane transaction; it is an act of responsibility. Biology will ensure that you get what you give.

09.07.2013

The Writing on the Wall

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Digital natives are quick to spell doom for the traditional media business, and Facebook, Twitter, or the blogosphere serve as their instruments for doing so. Media makers and journalists are shaken to the core and thereby overlook the essential thing: their own strength.

02.07.2013

The Classification of Reality

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The nature-versus-nurture debate cuts straight through contemporary discourses on gender and gender roles. But it's based on a misunderstanding of how the world works.

25.06.2013

Alexander Görlach

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Alexanderplatz

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.

Hitler’s long shadow

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We should learn to deal differently with our Nazi past, for the perpetrators of the time were human beings like you and me. That does not mean, however, that we can’t continue arguing about the Führer.

18.09.2014

I, Firat Kaya

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My adoptive parents called me Alexander and raised me as a Catholic. But my origins lie elsewhere.

21.05.2014

Santo Subito

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Angela Merkel achieved the best election result since the German reunification and she will lead the country, yet again, for four more years. Her party doesn’t praise her for that – it worships her.

23.09.2013

The Carnival Is Over

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Pope Francis has condemned gay networks inside the Vatican. But despite the conservative doctrine of the Catholic Church, its institutions often offer rare refuge to homosexual men.

14.06.2013

Bjørn Lomborg

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“Do Good” instead of “Feel Good”

Bjørn Lomborg questions the conventional environmental argumentation and highlights alternative paths to an ecological wellbeing. The former Greenpeace member refuses to accept the pessimistic outlook on climate change and suggests that we’ve got the technological abilities to turn the ship around. Improving the lives of the people in the Third World, through optimizing financial aid and funding, will have to go hand in hand with the fight against climate change.

Dead wrong

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Worries about global food shortages are nothing more than apocalyptic scenarios. Instead of panic mongering, we should make cheaper food more widely available to those who need it.

05.06.2014

Cross the Street!

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Caution is great as a political sledgehammer. Carefully formulated, you can ban anything. But this is unreasonable. Here’s what politics should learn from kids crossing the street for ice cream.

15.01.2014

Don’t hold your breath

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We shouldn’t expect much from the upcoming climate talks in Warsaw. Instead of clinging to illusions of a globally binding agreement, we should consider the alternatives.

07.11.2013

Free Trade Unchained

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Fostering free trade means fostering a better tomorrow. No other policy can generate more prosperity and development throughout the world. But politicians remain stubborn and keep on wasting precious funds.

07.10.2013
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