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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.

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

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

Only God forgives

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Through acts of terror, militant Islamists want to avenge God but commit idolatry instead.

08.01.2015

Islam taken hostage

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Neither Muslims nor Christians want to force our society into new religious conflicts. It is a third group that pits them against each other.

20.12.2014
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