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The Ukrainian crisis

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The battlefield in Europe's front yard

It all began as an internal Ukrainian crisis in November 2013, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for greater integration with the EU. Now it has turned into a war. How will it play out?

Breaking away for good

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Ukraine’s unexpectedly matured society leaves the post-Soviet space.

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by Oleg Shymanskyi
29.08.2014

Austerity or Stimulus: Which way to go?

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Sovereign Doubt Crisis

Five years after the outbreak of the Eurozone crisis, the economy is picking up only slowly. Stagnating growth rates and the specter of a further recession are looming large. Many experts see no other way out of this quagmire than to capitalize on the low interest rates and borrow more money. But is borrowing the best option on the table?

The wrong medicine

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The Eurozone’s remedies against sluggish growth rates aren’t working. The problem: a misdiagnosis of the illness.

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by Paul De Grauwe
26.08.2014

The Future of Mobility

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Peak Car

"The car has become an article of dress without which we feel incomplete", Marshall McLuhan once said. But what if oil prices continue to rise, and cities continue to grow? In the 21st century, the obsession with private car ownership is beginning to seem like a curious anachronism.

Revolutionary Steps

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Walking is making a comeback in the United States. But the mostly car-centered society has a lot to get used to.

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by Karolina Golimowska
21.07.2014

Leading the Way

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Rather than a dangerous nuisance, motorcycle taxis are a vibrant part of the transportation network in many developing countries. City planners in OECD countries should take note.

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by Joseph Hammond
08.10.2013

Shifting the Paradigm

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The past decades have exposed the unintended consequences of car-based transportation. But times are changing: Cars are transformed from private vehicles into collectively used modes of transportation.

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by Felix Creutzig
28.01.2012

Transportation Is A Public Good

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We value cars because we value our autonomy: To travel at a time and in a manner of our choice. For future mobility concepts, this poses a significant challenge: Can we expand the grid of public transportation without the straightjacket of bus schedules and crowded trains?

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by Andreas Knie
19.01.2012

Brazil and the World Cup Protests

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Panem et circenses

Brazil hosts this year’s football world cup, but instead of samba and cheers, the streets are filled with protesters and their chants. Will the demonstrators force the government’s hand?

The Overblown Protest

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Worries about mass protests ran high in the run-up to the World Cup. But recent weeks have shown that such worries were completely overblown by Western media.

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by João Feres Júnior
08.07.2014

Offensive Play

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Brazil has scored an own-goal. If it wanted to show the world how modern and progressive it is, it should have allowed its citizens take to the streets and protest without fear of violence.

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by Naomi Westland
23.06.2014

Love in the 21st century

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A Heart-Knocked Life

In 1967, the Beatles sang “All you need is love”. But does this still hold true? We rationalize and optimize every single aspect of our lives but leave the greatest irrationality in place: romantic love. We want to debate why this is and what it means to love in the 21st century.

Mutual Madness

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Love is like a disease. No wonder we have fought it off for such a long time.

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by Barbara Kuchler
19.06.2014

The wise choice

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Love might be irrational at times, but it is still the wisest option on the table for leading a happy and meaningful life.

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by Aaron Ben-Ze'ev
11.06.2014

The new salvation

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Love has changed dramatically over the centuries, but the miracle of our highly mobile, highly individualized, postmodern world is that, against all the odds, lovers still manage to find each other and find meaning in their relationships.

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by Tom Inglis
10.06.2014

Former Communist States in the EU

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Ten Years Later

On the 1st of May, it will have been ten years since many formerly Communist states joined the European Union. But while this step was universally heralded as the end of long a transition towards democracy, the current picture is more nuanced: Many of the hopes associated with accession to the EU have proved to be short-sighted and the financial crisis has been a divisive force in an enlarged Union. How have the new member states fared, ten years into their EU membership?

Specters of the past

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For Slovakia, European Union membership seemed like the holy grail. But the country's ills merely hide behind this shiny new surface.

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by Radovan Geist
12.06.2014

An Uneasy Journey

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Ten years after joining the European Union, many Czechs are deeply skeptical of it. But the disenfranchisement was mostly caused by domestic politics.

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by Jiří Pehe
06.06.2014

Europe, a love story

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Slovenia's entry into the European Union was filled with pomp and ceremony. But things quickly turned sour.

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by Erica Johnson Debeljak
04.06.2014
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