The fragmentation of power is irreversible. Parag Khanna

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US Presidential Election

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This Land Is Your Land

A European perspective on American electoral politics.

The secret to winning elections and becoming US President

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The rationale that explains the popularity and longevity of fictional characters such as detective Columbo also helps predict election outcomes and forecast the likely winner in the race for the White House

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by Christian Schnee
18.04.2016

Let's Talk About Class

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America likes to talk about race, but not about class.

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by Martin Eiermann
29.01.2013

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?

Transforming education in the digital age

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Digitization’s impact on learning is comparable only to the changes wrought by the printing press and compulsory education

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by Jörg Dräger
25.02.2016

The globalization of suffering

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Pictures of suffering and dying are spread in real time; globalization has thereby reached the most intimate sphere of human life.

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by Iavor Rangelov
22.12.2014

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

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

Power in the 21st Century

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Who’s Got The Power?

Power is a fundamental resource of human interaction. Be it on the political level or on the societal level: power shapes our relations. But the nation-state is no longer the only game in town. New powers are rising and the global power balance is reaching a tipping point.

The digital Revolution in Europe

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50 entertaining questions about the digital Revolution in Europe.

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by Oliver Schmidt
16.01.2016

Project W

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In the face of thriving nationalism, terrorism and upcoming wars Europe and the US need to build a strong alliance – otherwise they will not only harm themselves but one another.

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by Nils Heisterhagen
15.07.2015

Sinking Statesmanship

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The ship of global governance is weak and leaky. It desperately needs fixing if it wants to stand a chance in the troubled waters that lie ahead.

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by Nancy Birdsall
10.01.2014

Biting The Hand That Feeds Us

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Energy is key in the global struggle for power. Depleting our natural resources will precipitate our downfall.

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by Ian Morris
09.01.2014

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.

Poland needs a clear signal from the EU

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The EU will have to take measures with respect to the new Polish government if it does not want to jeopardise the credibility of the European values. To send a clear signal to the new Polish government, it has to be willing to exploit the entire range of options under the rule-of-law mechanism and the procedure in accordance with Article 7 as well as to limit EU payments to Poland.

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by Oliver Schmidt
10.01.2016

2016 - The final countdown for the European Union

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The new law about the Polish Constitutional Tribunal, the lawsuits of the Hungarian and Slovak government about the relocation of refugees, the potential Brexit and Fixit, the ongoing Greek crisis and the presidential election in spring 2017 – it is obvious: the upcoming 18 months will determine whether the European Union we have known will survive.

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by Oliver Schmidt
06.01.2016

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

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.

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

Veganism without Animal Rights

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In less than five minutes, we will show you that you are committed to veganism.

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by Gary L. Francione
13.07.2015

What Are We Talking About When We Talk About Zombies?

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A specter is haunting the academy—the specter of the undead.

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by William Egginton
06.07.2015
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