Debates

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?

How to fix the machine

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Lessons from leadership: Is economic conservatism the path to follow?

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by Camilla Perfetti
18.11.2014

Fixing the Eurozone

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The fact that key economies are currently saving instead of borrowing shows how detached the euro zone has become from the wisdom of conventional economics. Yet there is hope.

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by Richard Koo
03.09.2014

Pro-choice vs. Pro-life

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Hard Choices

In case of an unwanted pregnancy, what should be considered more important: the woman’s right of self-determination or the unborn’s right to live?

The right to choose

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Only a society which guarantees women the right to abort is a truly humanistic one.

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by Julia Korbik
12.11.2014

Exception or rule?

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Abortion is an iniquity. The current discourse about it demonstrates humans’ willingness to reclassify themselves as goods.

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by Alexander Görlach
11.11.2014

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?

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 fight against IS

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With or without him

If the Western intervention against the Islamic State (IS) wants to be succesful, there is no way around Bashar al-Assad and his regime. But the line between cooperation and confrontation is thin.

Differences aside

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Were Washington not so fixated on demonizing Assad, it might use his vulnerability to IS to leverage him into new negotiations.

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by Raymond Hinnebusch
31.10.2014

Barrel-bombing frenemy

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Why the Assad regime should not and will not become an ally in the fight against the Islamic State.

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by Heiko Wimmen
28.10.2014

The new information warfare

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The war of the words

A global war is raging but it is not one fought with weapons but with words. States go to great lengths to influence the official narrative of a conflict and use the national media as mouthpiece. How is this global “information war” waged and who are the winners and losers?

A war without shadows

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You cannot see it and you cannot hear it. It happens silently every day, can hit anyone anywhere, and we can all be its unsuspecting victims. This is the new type of warfare:

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by Luciano Floridi
17.10.2014

Lies, Inc.

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We know that climate change is a reality, but an army of deniers led by business interests and supported by the mainstream media makes us believe that warnings of a climate calamity are overblown.

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by James Hoggan
24.09.2014

White House Down

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The information war is raging and the U.S. is losing out to is enemies. Not even American bombardments can prevent this.

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by Wadah Khanfar
22.09.2014

A dispatch from the Information War

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The Information War is in full swing, and the public should be wary not to fall for the black-and-white accounts of the traditional media. A veteran’s account.

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by Abdallah Schleifer
08.09.2014

British politics after the Scottish referendum

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Splendid inclusion

The Scots have decided stay in the Union – if only by a hair. Yet, the Scottish referendum will cast its shadow over British politics. How will Westminster deal with Scottish devolution claims and how will it impact on next year’s general election?

Lessons from Scotland

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By choosing to stay in the Union, Scots probably did the right thing. But did they do it for the right reasons?

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by Ewan MacPhee
29.09.2014

How united are we now?

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The referendum may have failed to return independence, but it might have gone a long way toward gaining Scotland both more powers and more influence. Will others follow the Scottish example?

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by Mark Briggs
26.09.2014

Talkin' bout a devolution

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The referendum must be the starting point of a wider discussion about how power is distributed across the whole United Kingdom and not just between Scotland and Westminster.

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by Annie Rutherford
25.09.2014
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