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Lars Mensel

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Network effects

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

Candid Camera

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Should police officers wear cameras to clarify cases like that in Ferguson? I don’t think so.

26.11.2014

Brands are buying your friends

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The next frontier of advertisement is native. It not only means that ads will masquerade as content, it also means that you can no longer trust your friends.

24.10.2014

Dessislava Kirova

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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.

The question

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The tendency to classify people according to their origins turns a seemingly innocent question into an offensive remark.

25.11.2014

Freezing Progress

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Social freezing does not empower women, it postpones the question of family and gender equality.

27.10.2014

Thicker than blood

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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

Mark Briggs

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Channel Hopping

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

Red and blue make purple

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Instead of propagating alternatives to fend off UKIP, Labour and Conservatives are trying to attract voters by emulating Nigel Farage and his gang.

24.11.2014

Bloody poppies

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The poppy has moved from a reminder of the futility of war, to bordering on a somber celebration of the act of sacrifice for Britain. That’s wrong.

13.11.2014

A sea of broken dreams and bodies

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European governments are trying to reduce the number of Africans entering Europe. It is a sad irony that those people are exactly what Europe needs.

01.11.2014

In with the Hip

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

18.10.2014

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.

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

More of the same

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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

Maximilian Stern

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Democracy, updated

Moving from ancient Greece’s agoras to Silicon Valley’s incubators, our democracy could use some entrepreneurial spirit and passion for innovation. But twiddling the knobs of our society is neither straightforward nor without risk.

HiRes democracy

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Instead of adapting our democracy to new circumstances and insights, we’re trying to organize it with the 1989 Game Boy because we use the 2014 iPad to watch cat videos.

14.11.2014

Julia Korbik

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The F-Word

Pop & Politics. Seen through feminist-tinted glasses.

The “Mutti” complex

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The German media love their “Mutti” Merkel. That’s not only stupid, but also disrespectful.

10.11.2014

Among crumpled faces

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Women have to be good-looking; men don’t. Especially in Hollywood.

22.10.2014

The key to freedom

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Which social problem has been keeping us busy for 60 years, concerns everyone, but interests way too few people?

07.10.2014
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