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The Future of the EU

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A Model, Or A Curse?

Sixty years after the beginnings of the European idea, the EU is in trouble. Debt and currency crises have eroded confidence into the European project while member states remain hesitant to transfer power to Brussels. Yet historically, crisis has always resulted in further integration.

Lessons to Europe

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Populism is the current trending topic when one explains politics in Western countries. Though it is not a new concept, it is rising in Europe and it also managed to win hearts and minds of American people last year who chose Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.

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by Robert Born
13.01.2017

We Can Not Afford More of The Same!

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“The residents of the East German village Unterleuten didn’t read the papers, didn’t watch TV, didn’t use the World Wide Web. Politicians didn’t pay attention to Unterleuten – why would Unterleuten pay attention to politics? The village was missing stores, doctors, clergymen, the postal service, a pharmacy, as well as a school – it didn’t have sewerage either.” Juli Zeh hereby hits the bull’s eye.

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by Dietmar Bartsch
10.12.2016

Austerity in Europe

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Endgame

Years of austerity have left their mark on Europe: budget deficits have shrunk, reforms have been delayed, and the social costs of cuts are increasingly visible.

Less free market, more political creation

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Recently I read two seemingly contradictory ‘letters to the editor’ in a daily paper, I frequent regularly: “We always claimed that the boom of the East is really happening in the West,” a citizen from Wittstock in Brandenburg wrote. A reader from a city in North-Rhine-Westphalia, on the other hand, criticized my party DIE LINKE for a “policy which focuses too strongly on the Eastern Germany.”

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by Dietmar Bartsch
11.04.2017

Impoverished Living in a Wealthy Nation

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The German teacher Friedrich Froebel founded an educational establishment in the East-German Keilhau, Thuringia, about two hundred years ago. His credo at the time: “Children shall not be safeguarded or indoctrinated, but shall happily grow in the sunlight, gain strength and develop.” And 200 years later? Well, today we can hardly ignore the encompassing concern of society for our offspring.

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by Dietmar Bartsch
09.01.2017

Something to celebrate

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The possibility of a “Europe” worth dreaming of was saved, for sure. But Europe didn’t save itself. Greece took a bullet for the rest of us.

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by Adam Donen
06.07.2015

Why Marxism fails in the Eurozone

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Yanis Varoufakis dubbed himself an “erratic Marxist” and presented his interpretation of Marx in detail. But his dialectical spirit is unlikely to succeed.

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by Jasper Finkeldey
27.02.2015

The Culture of Charity

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Why Do We Give?

Charitable giving is seen by some as an integral part of the human condition, a reflection of our empathy and compassion. Yet charity is practiced differently across cultures, religions, and worldviews. Why do we give, and what role does charity play in our varied societies?

What's more?

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Impact Investing, an investment “into companies, organizations, and funds with the intention to generate a measurable, beneficial social or environmental impact alongside a financial return” is being hyped right now. Go to any conference related to investing and it will be mentioned at some point. The landscape is growing with new funds emerging.

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by Antonis Schwarz
30.10.2016

Dutch Charity Lotteries

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The specifics of Dutch history have lead to a Netherlands which, despite a modern government active in social issues, maintains a strong culture of private charitable giving.

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by Marieke van Schaik
24.06.2015

What Shapes Charity Culture in the UK?

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The culture of charity and giving in the UK is shaped by three key factors: state structures, citizens’ religious backgrounds, and the country’s industrial and colonial history.

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by Alex Swallow
20.06.2015

Making Zakat Relevant in the West

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Zakat is a form of alms mandated by Islamic scripture. The coordination of this massive giving project has taken several forms throughout history. In today’s western world, Muslim charities play a central role.

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by Amal Imad
19.06.2015

The Philosophical Salon

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The Philosophical Salon

True to the tradition of public intellectual engagement, the Philosophical Salon is a place where contemporary thinkers can discuss today’s crucial issues. In cooperation with our two columnists and editors of the Philosophical Salon, philosopher Michael Marder and literary and cultural theorist Patricia Vieira, The European brings you leading intellectuals from across the world and their reflections on things that matter to us all.

In Pursuit of the Beautiful Soul

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“The Beautiful is not different from the Good: The Beautiful is the Good that shows itself to us pleasingly veiled. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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by Justine Kolata
05.10.2016

A Renaissance of Salon Culture

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What is the history of salon culture? How did the salon contribute to the formation of a European public sphere? In what ways did salons create new forms of community through culture and ideas? What lessons can be learned for communication, discursive action and human interaction today? These are questions we must consider in envisioning new forms of participatory democracy in the 21 st century.

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by Justine Kolata
29.08.2016

Being Human Matters

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How do we define what is human and what is not?

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by Alice Crary
27.07.2015

Deadly Hesitation

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The notion of the universality of human rights is morally undeniable. Why do we struggle to act on them?

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by Michael Allen Gillespie
20.07.2015

Great Britain and the EU

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Not Amused

Great Britain and the EU are drifting apart. A majority of Britons now believes that EU membership has become a burden rather than a benefit. How much longer can the leadership at No.10 withstand the Eurosceptics?

A Hard Rain’s Gonna Fall

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Sitting in my favourite local café listening to Bob Dylans ‘It’s A Hard Rains Gonna Fall’ reminded me of the fundamental changes that have occurred since Great Britain had its first referendum on European membership. In the 70s there were no cafes serving ten different types of coffee to a clientele almost exclusively glued to laptop screens, running their businesses from flat white to cappuccino.

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by John Malcolm Watts
11.04.2017

No facts, no trust, no absolute truths

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There have been fundamental changes that have occurred since Great Britain had its first referendum on European membership. In the 70s there were no cafes serving ten different types of coffee to a clientele almost exclusively glued to laptop screens, running their businesses from flat white to cappuccino.

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by John Malcolm Watts
18.06.2016

Completely illusory

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Cameron’s European policy is grounded in a fantasy that will never play out. Instead, the UK may be headed for collapse.

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by Polly Toynbee
25.03.2015

With or without them

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The UK is not an obstacle to harmony and stability. It is the EU integrationists who generate economic and democratic instability.

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by Bill Cash
18.03.2015

European migrant crisis

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Refugees welcome

European migrant crisis engages the european societies.

Why the refugee crisis may sweep Angela Merkel to a 4th election victory

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Does the refugee crisis spell doom for Merkel and usher in the end of her chancellorship? Not necessarily. After a decade in the job she shows remarkably little signs of fatigue and there is no reason either to believe she is daunted by the intensity of opposition her controversial migration policy has been incurring. Nor does a growing amount of personal defamation seem to sap her determination.

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by Christian Schnee
11.02.2016

Is there such a thing as “the wrong Europe”?

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In a recent interview the associate director of Portugal´s border agency, Luis Gouveia, said that besides bureaucracy the difficulty in the resettlement of refugees is due to the fact that they don´t want to come to Portugal but to the Northern European countries like Germany or Sweden.

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by Simone Duarte
01.12.2015
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