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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.

Exit the panopticon

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The ECJ’s ruling on the data retention directive is a landmark victory in the battle against unjustified state surveillance – but it comes too late to safeguard our basic freedoms.

11.04.2014

Crime and Punishment

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White-collar crimes committed by celebrities are still treated as peccadilloes. But people like Uli Hoeneß are no better than any other criminal and should be judged by the same standards.

18.03.2014

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.

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

Meaning Good, Doing Bad

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Banning or hindering the development of genetically modified rice is a luxury only privileged Westerners can afford. We must reconsider our choices and help those that depend on that food.

26.09.2013

Martin Eiermann

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“There are some who are in darkness / And the others are in light / And you see the ones in brightness / Those in darkness drop from sight.” (B. Brecht)

The State, Unbound

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The almost exclusive focus on the NSA obscures the degree to which surveillance has become integrated into almost every level of government. For most of us, the first point of contact with the surveillance state isn’t the NSA – it’s the local police department.

13.01.2014

The End of Innocence

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The past two months have undone the Age of Digital Innocence. It's now possible to speak of technology of power, and of the internet as a site of old-fashioned struggle.

04.08.2013

Turns of the Century

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What the protests in Brazil and Greece tell us about world history.

23.06.2013

Justin McDonnell

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Mixed Fortune

Justin McDonnell monitors Asia’s explosive transformation and seeks to offer a bracing view of a continental shift. This column examines the political, economic, social and security developments in the region.

The Long Shadow

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Mao’s spirit influences Chinese politics to this day and the power struggle for his legacy is still raging.

17.12.2013

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.

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

European Citizenship Now!

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Introducing a European citizenship option is a brilliant idea – not because nation-states suck, but because Europe is awesome.

09.05.2013

A Dangerous Spiral

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Journalists who attack the media business bite the hand that feeds them. Yet it's a well-deserved bite.

03.05.2013

Stefano Casertano

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Planet of the Apes

“But the attainment of peace is not as easy as the desire for it. […] Those ages which in retrospect seem most peaceful were least in search of peace. Those whose quest for it seems unending appear least able to achieve tranquillity.” Henry Kissinger, 1954

Steady as she goes

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Merkel will probably succeed to stay on course but Italians prefer to focus on a sunken ship. This tells a lot about the boring German election campaign and Mediterranean disinterest.

18.09.2013

Calling Russia's Bluff

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A congressional rejection of the military intervention in Syria will give Obama the right excuse to avoid military action and to accomplish his mission: calling the Russian bluff with a bluff.

03.09.2013

Cheap and Cheerless

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Exports are considered to be the driving force in booming economies. Yet, by focusing too much on growth from outside, economies neglect their most important market: the domestic one.

24.07.2013

Face the Music

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The current crisis is driving a wedge between Germans and Italians. Newspapers are filled with reciprocal accusations and criticism, and the gap between the two countries is getting wider and wider. Time to focus on a powerful commonality: Music.

17.07.2013
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