Columns

Martin Eiermann

Big_d7fd4847db

Share Alike

“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 political problem

Medium_c6860e781c

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

Medium_6a0dbcaa35

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

Mark Briggs

Big_f93cb64d63

Channel Hopping

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

In with the Hip

Medium_5d710e5dc0

An influx of hipsters would bring more to politics than just a snazzy dress sense.

18.10.2014

Fear and loathing in politics

Medium_692a49fe1a

Back in 2008, Obama ran on a platform of hope. Today, that has become unthinkable – fear just seems to work so much better.

11.10.2014

No right to deny rights

Medium_8b6fb87ae3

The Conservative Party plans to pull the UK out of the European Human Rights Act. This is not only absurd, it is shameful.

05.10.2014

The old ball and chain

Medium_6e401ee120

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

19.09.2014

Lars Mensel

Big_7b72431657

Network effects

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

Show me the ideas

Medium_727744776a

When was the last time an idea changed your life?

15.10.2014

Keeping it real

Medium_50b054b2ec

When it comes to technology, many value authenticity over convenience. It’s not rational, but it's understandable. Here’s why.

09.10.2014

Here's to being here

Medium_ca9a450f3e

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!

Medium_3f59988f10

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

23.09.2014

Dessislava Kirova

Big_448b82f20e

This is Water

Two young fish swim along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way. The older fish nods at them and says “Morning, boys. How’s the water?” The two young fish swim on for a bit, eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes “What the hell is water?” – A column on the slightly intangible textures of our lifes and societies: culture, history, identity, politics and philosophy.

Thicker than blood

Medium_e24b3d6035

I migrated to Germany when I was eight years old. Does that give me the right to call myself German and to comment on the country’s war guilt?

13.10.2014

Juliane Mendelsohn

Big_2c028b0a44

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.

More of the same

Medium_e94dc3771f

The banking union and banking resolution promise a shiny future for the EU and its common currency, but the reality looks a lot bleaker.

10.10.2014

In this together

Medium_c9717d1716

If solidarity is to serve political change, it must be elevated to a normative goal and enforced as a principle of law and not as a matter of choice.

03.10.2014

Emma gets it

Medium_5d68643e22

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

Medium_2eb145b02d

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

Jörg Friedrich

Big_2bf73a7fa0

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.

Back to the future

Medium_d7fee964f0

If a time traveler from the 1950s came to visit us today, he wouldn’t be impressed by our so-called technological innovations: they would be all too familiar to him.

08.10.2014

Local is the new digital

Medium_99c8652817

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

Medium_d915559b75

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

Medium_23dcff24dd

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
Most Read