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Person of the Year 2014

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The best of the rest

Anually TIME Magazine selects its “Person of the year”: a person, group, idea or object that “for better or for worse… has done the most to influence the events of the year”. This year the Ebola Fighters were chosen – but who else could or should have gotten the title in 2014?

These things just happen

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Why Laura Bates should have been “Person of the Year” 2014.

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by Mark Briggs
19.12.2014

Creating beauty from anger and despair

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Why Dayna Ash should have been “Person of the Year” 2014.

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by Carolin Dylla
17.12.2014

What future for the GOP?

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The Elephant in the Room

The GOP controls U.S. politics but seems weaker than ever before: no leading figures, internal rivalries and division currently characterize the party. Is the party on the upgrade or is it just profiting from Obama’s weakened position? How should or will the party position itself for the 2016 elections?

Life in the old dog yet

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News of the Republican Party’s demise has been greatly exaggerated. The party controls both chambers and has a lot of strong candidates for the 2016 elections.

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by Joseph A. Palermo
18.12.2014

Has Globalization peaked?

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Growing Smaller

With political nationalism and economic protectionism on the rise, it is time to ask: Has globalization reached its peak and will we witness a retreat behind national borders?

Before the collapse

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The latest protests against the globalization are of a new quality: The managers are getting nervous – and rightly so.

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by Harold James
16.12.2014

The world is mountainous

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Globalization is in full swing. The best proof of this are the attempts to stop it.

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by George Ritzer
10.12.2014

Ferguson and America’s racial problems

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An elusive dream

The shooting of Michael Brown has sparked widespread protest against police brutality and racial profiling. 50 years after the passing of the Civil Rights Act and 6 years after President Obama’s hopeful vision, Ferguson shows us quite plainly how little has been achieved when it comes to battling racial tensions.

The Divided States of America

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Brown and Garner are but two names in a long list of black men and women who have perished at the hands of police. These are not personal issues or isolated incidents: they are tragic reflections of a deeply broken system.

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by John A. Powell
08.12.2014

Too many white cops?

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Michael Brown's death was not just a tragedy, but also the final straw for a town fed up with racial discrimination by police. Rather than merely holding individual officers responsible, there needs to be a dramatic shift in police personnel to better reflect the diversity in our society.

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by Jesse Van Mouwerik
27.11.2014

Rooted in Reality

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The persistence of racial discrimination in America is only news to those of us who have never been on the receiving end. For many African-Americans and other minorities, it’s a pervasive reality.

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by Martin Eiermann
27.11.2014

Law and Order

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The case of Darren Wilson shows that a legal decision, whether made by justices, tribunals or juries can be wrong, both as a matter of law and as a matter of morality.

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by Juliane Mendelsohn
26.11.2014

Fall of the Berlin Wall anniversary

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25 years later

The Berlin Wall is a thing of the past. But has the idea of it completely disappeared – or is there still a Wall left in our minds and in our perception of the world today?

The Other Truth

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History is written by those who emerge victorious. The legacy of those who don’t is dependent on the good will of the ones left standing – and whatever eulogies they are prepared to deliver.

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by Reinier de Graaf
02.12.2014

Reunited at last

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Our understanding of 1989 as a “reunification” and a “return to the normal course of history” is very much conditioned by our (mis?)understanding of the ruptures of 1914 and 1939.

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by David Pizzo
07.11.2014

“Generation German Unity”

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It’s up to the post-reunification generation to debate which lessons from the Nazi and GDR experiences should be passed down.

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by Manfred Wilke
05.11.2014

The exotic appeal of chicken-shaped egg cups

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How I came to discover East Germany: Musings from a naïve Western German.

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by Julia Korbik
03.11.2014

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.

Chopping down the woods

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The EU has not been created complex for complexity’s sake. But the painful truth of the European Union is that it might be exactly the complexity of its institutional structure that allows it to work.

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by Iveta Kazoka
29.11.2014

Dismantling the Fortress

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The Syrian tragedy has exposed the shortcomings of the EU’s asylum policy. The newly agreed-upon rules will not help to cure the system’s birth defects. What the EU needs is real burden-sharing – or at least more competencies for the Commission.

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by Kilian Spandler
02.10.2013

An Elusive Dream

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While Americans have always rallied around their country in times of crisis, Europeans have abandoned the dream of a united Europe.

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by Juliane Mendelsohn
30.06.2013

Very Old World

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European foreign policy in Syria has failed. Has Europe become powerless on the world stage?

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by Roland Benedikter
22.06.2013
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