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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.

Splendid desperation

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The weakness and desperation of Nigel Farage’s claims are the strongest arguments for Britain to stay in the EU.

23.01.2015

Brotherly Advice

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What Islam is lacking is neither Reformation nor an Enlightenment. Rather, there are two neglected measures that could make Islam sustainable for the future. The model has already been tested in the Christian world.

16.01.2015

Jesse Van Mouwerik

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Top Culture

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

Drifting together

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How much do online communities affect geopolitics?

21.01.2015

Telling the whole story

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Islam, like any religion, needs effective critiques from believers and non-believers alike.

12.01.2015

The Russelution has arrived

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How Russell Brand is helping force UK politics into a very necessary state of self-reflection.

08.01.2015

The Porn Myth

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Porn, like any vice, can matter as much or as little as you want it to. Imposing a ban on it is the wrong solution to a much wider problem.

23.12.2014

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)

A better tomorrow

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Today’s ethics of responsibility is deeply individualized.

15.01.2015

A political problem

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Despite all warnings, it took an infection on American soil for the West to respond to Ebola. The virus is much more than just a medical challenge.

21.10.2014

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

Riva-Melissa Tez

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How Not to Die 101

The journal of one philosopher’s attempt to safeguard the world from mimetic belief.

A thing of beauty

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Why we find beauty where we least expect it.

13.01.2015

How we killed complexity

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Should we be shocked that people believe irrational things? Not really. We bombard children with information before we teach them how to think critically. It’s a daily mass murder of malleable mindsets.

28.11.2014

Dangerous minds

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On the dichotomy between belief and action.

04.11.2014

Florian Guckelsberger

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Do you read me?

International politics is like chess – but without dices. A look at the map, bearing in mind that predictions are difficult, especially when they concern the future.

Diamond or gravel

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It is up to François Hollande whether French democracy can weather the storm of yesterday’s attacks. He would be advised to follow a Norwegian example.

08.01.2015

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.

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.

07.01.2015

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.

21.11.2014

Big infatuation

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Like The Kardashians, Silicon Valley just isn’t part of the real world.

30.10.2014

What the law can’t fix

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The verdict in the Pistorius case is disappointing and irrational to many. But in the eyes of law, it is necessary to accept that there are moments of human behaviour that are beyond any form of rationality and irreconcilable with someone’s standard character.

23.10.2014
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