Debates

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

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

Political Art Today

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The Art of Dissent

Art and politics have always had a symbiotic way: politics produces the substance and fabric of art, and art delivers political vision and guidance. The fine arts have often served as a vanguard and driving force of political opposition and, ideally, even an instrument of political change. But does this still apply today? And should art be political in the first place?

Art for your sake

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We don’t have to debate whether art should be political – it always is.

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by Dickon Stone
29.05.2014

Last night a DJ saved the world

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Disco has done a lot for world peace. Not convinced? Just head to the club and see for yourself.

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by Hans Nieswandt
08.05.2014

Displacement is the New Translation

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We asked American poet Kenneth Goldsmith to share his views on political art with us. Here’s what he has to say:

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by Kenneth Goldsmith
05.05.2014

Between a rock and a hard place

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Artists who interfere in political issues are named and shamed. Those who don't are criticized for their passivity.

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by Klaus Staeck
30.04.2014

Topics of the European Elections 2014

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Europe at the Polls

The upcoming elections to the European Parliament will determine whether Europe is moving towards an ever-closer union or drifting towards a fragmented and estranged region. We want to address the pressing questions and background issues of this watershed election.

First as tragedy, then as farce

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Europe is putting up a brave front after the watershed election, but now it has to face the bitter reality.

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by Max Tholl
27.05.2014

A step too far

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In the Netherlands, political engagement has tempered racism and anti-migration sentiments. But it has done so at a cost.

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by Daan Welling
16.05.2014

A bleak reality

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Across Europe, Roma people are facing blatant racism. And yet there is hope.

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by Dessislava Kirova
14.05.2014

Chasing the tale

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Have pro-Europeans been telling the wrong kind of story, or why are so many Europeans still struggling with their identity?

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by Adrian Armstrong
13.05.2014
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