The solution is always more Europe and not less. Edi Rama


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 Paths of Great Resistance

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Resistance is part of our human nature. Without it, we would not be alive.


On Ducklings and Swans

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How can we define ‘normal’ in a complex and ever-changing world? Our modern understanding of normality is simply another word for consensus – and it is dangerous if we do not step outside of the boundaries which consensus creates.


Stefano Casertano


As the Romans do

Rome is not just that place around the Vatican City. It’s also the eye of the storm in the midst of the eurocrisis. Emerging from some obscure twenty years of Berlusconi, hit by the longest period of stagnation in Europe – like it or not, Italy is where the destiny of the common currency is being decided. “St. Peter’s Version” explains what is moving in and around the Eternal City – and how what happens in Rome will affect Europe as a whole.

The Elephant in the Room

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Lamentations about the state of the Italian economy have become so commonplace, Italians barely react to them. But Italy’s public debt problem has proven big enough to make a splash.


The Battle Against Uber

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Roman taxi drivers are competing for business against Uber. Is the online service the future of the market or should it be regulated? The struggle is representative of Italy's wider issue of conservatism against progression.


Hiding in plain sight

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Matteo Renzi is a quick learner. The Italian Prime Minister has been quietly forging alliances across Europe – and has emerged as an influential voice in the crisis.


A new Italian Renaissance?

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Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi seems to be on the right track. But more reforms are needed besides changing the infamous Articolo 18.


Jesse Van Mouwerik


Top Culture

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

From Stocks and Bonds to Threats and Bombs

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Reluctance aside, the world still needs an American superpower.


Unpopular Sovereignty – Part 2

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Our best hope for proper civic engagement is state sovereignty. But many confuse it with a dangerous sense of nationalism.


Unpopular Sovereignty – Part 1

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Nationhood, and the way we perceive it, is potentially the most controversial topic of the 21st century.


Both sides now

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We need to have more empathy for people that suffer from addiction, as well as more appreciation for the people who do the dirty work of enforcing drug laws.


Juliane Mendelsohn


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.

On Risks and Wrongs

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Calculatung risks, we really only have three options: mitigate, eradicate, accept. But what to choose when it comes to the incredibly tragic risk of a depressed pilot?


“Hope won“

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Alexis Tsipras’ victory is the first sign of courageous and uncompromising politics that we have seen in years. The Greeks have voted in favor of Europe.


Uncertain Silver Linings

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Unlike other European politicians, Alexis Tspiras may not be making empty promises. He may actually present a chance for real change. Radical change.


Heartache and Hot Dogs

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2014 is the year of historical landmarks. But rather than commemorating tragedies, countries across Europe organize shallow spectacles.


Alexander Görlach



Zeitgeist is your daily dose of thought from our Editor-in-chief, Dr. Dr. Alexander Görlach, delivered straight to your inbox. The concept is simple: one thought – at times amusing or poignant, but always relevant and sharp-penned. This column features all the texts published in the Zeitgeist Newsletter.

An overwhelming month

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Our plans for the future of this format.


The transforming human

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Evolutionary theory has a major dictum: That humans won’t stay how they used to be.


The Forest – our Enemy

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We daydream about life in pristine, free, raw nature – where we would only survive for five minutes.


The Real End of History

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Are we still able to think of the future when technology binds us to living in real time?


Nikolas Papageorgiou


Thinking Europe

There is no place like Europe: a single market, a common citizenship and a whole lot of muddling through. This column is dedicated to the world´s laboratory for accumulating sovereignty – and to the continent where politicians’ ability to create problems often outstrips their ability to solve them.

The unspectacular Union

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From lobbyists to toasters: Why the EU is not as evil, opaque, or important as we think.

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