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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.

When Religion is taken Hostage

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Turkey transforms into a dictatorship. President Erdogan uses Islam to consolidate his power. So Turkey isn’t a democracy any more. Is Islam to blame for this?

01.08.2016

Kant and Merkel

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Makes it wonder that a policitians whose policies are often refered to as “without alternative” turns to the man of the categorical imperative when it comes to her decision-making? Angela Merkel and the search for the German soul.

23.06.2016

Austria Is Just the Beginning of a More Polarized World

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The Alpine neighbor of Germany was prepared to swear in a far-right leaning President. What the heck?

01.06.2016

Germany’s John Oliver Draws Blood

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Is Jan Böhmermann the German Jon Stewart? Steven Colbert? John Oliver?

18.04.2016

We must distance ourselves from the Le Pens and the Trumps

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At least since the Apollo 8 mission humanity has known there’s no difference between races or religions. Trump, Le Pen, and co. are reverting back to the old ways with their bigotry.

15.12.2015

Are you just a human or already a citizen?

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When does a person get to be a human? At the moment this discussion is being carried out in Europe over refugees and their rights as they come to Europe. The German Chancellor has said multiple times that there are “universal civil rights” that the refugees are entitled to. Observers have wondered whether she intentionally did not say “universal human rights” or if it was implied.

12.12.2015

A Thirty-Year War

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On September 11th 2001 the world entered a new era of violence. In the end there will be less religion in the world, just like in Europe after 1648, when humanism and the Enlightenment unfurled their victory banners. Before us lie bleak years.

18.11.2015

Hanging by a thread

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Angela Merkel’s chancellorship now depends on Mr. Edogan of Turkey and Mr. Seehofer of Bavaria. That doesn’t bode well for her. Meanwhile the Right is gaining strength throughout Europe.

27.10.2015

Muhammad is like Jesus

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Author and Islam critic Hamad Abdel-Samad has unpacked the stereotypes about the prophet of the Muslim faith and compiled them in a new book. But this is not religious criticism’s finest hour.

05.10.2015

The wrong vote

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Yesterday, stubborn people made an erroneous choice because they are mislead enough to ignore the fact that their corrupt and inefficient domestic system is breaking their backs – and not an evil-spirited Europe.

06.07.2015

Who knows about the Internet?

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While Torsten Albig is having success within the SPD with abstruse ideas regarding the Internet, the Union is becoming a party of digital Titans. Philipp Mißfelder will advise the Internet star Peter Thiel in the future.

24.05.2015

A dangerous fantasy

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The Occident is neither a state nor a community but a simple narrative – one that is often misused

18.02.2015
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