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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.

The State of the Union

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Jean-Claude Juncker will be a compromise president but no strong leader. What Europe really needs is an anti-Juncker willing to introduce new policies and to be held accountable for them.

01.07.2014

The Great Wall of Europe

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When it comes to determining who possesses the moral fiber to be a European citizen, the ultimate measure is not race, religion or culture, but wealth.

02.06.2014

Mark Briggs

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Channel Hopping

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

Embarrassing isolation

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David Cameron should heed the warning signs. Juncker’s triumph is only the first of many British defeats to come.

27.06.2014

A surprising role model

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The European elections have shown how big a problem populism really is. But Cameron, Hollande and other leaders can keep the populists at bay if they start to look south.

16.06.2014

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.

I, Firat Kaya

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My adoptive parents called me Alexander and raised me as a Catholic. But my origins lie elsewhere.

21.05.2014

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

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.

Dead wrong

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Worries about global food shortages are nothing more than apocalyptic scenarios. Instead of panic mongering, we should make cheaper food more widely available to those who need it.

05.06.2014

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

Martin Eiermann

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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)

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
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