There’s a tremendous energy in feminism now. Susie Orbach


Austerity in Europe



Years of austerity have left their mark on Europe: budget deficits have shrunk, reforms have been delayed, and the social costs of cuts are increasingly visible.

Something to celebrate

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The possibility of a “Europe” worth dreaming of was saved, for sure. But Europe didn’t save itself. Greece took a bullet for the rest of us.

by Adam Donen

Why Marxism fails in the Eurozone

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Yanis Varoufakis dubbed himself an “erratic Marxist” and presented his interpretation of Marx in detail. But his dialectical spirit is unlikely to succeed.

by Jasper Finkeldey

The Philosophical Salon


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.

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.

by William Egginton

The End of Democratic Europe

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Last weekend’s events show that the European Union no longer represents the will of the Europeans.

by Patrícia Vieira

Feeding Cars and Junking People

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A problem the world over, malnutrition and obesity in America are very much tied to the corn industry. And that’s just one of many ways America’s obsession with corn is endangering its citizens.

by Robert Albritton

A Bit on Theory

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Theory is epistemological and ethical healthcare for our society. Gayatri C. Spivak tackles the question “Is theory critical?”

by Gayatri C. Spivak



Bits, not Bullets

Warfare is no longer relegated to the battlefield. Through hacker attacks, viruses and system shutdowns, nations around the globe are using the internet to spy on their enemies and launch attacks on their network infrastructure. We need an reform of the international legal system to address digital warfare.

Let's get it right!

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When it comes to cyber protections, Europe is a patchwork: Passing only national laws and lacking in cooperatin with the corporate sector, the EU members undermine their cybersecurity. It’s time to get it right.

by Thomas Boué

Virtual Threats to Real Oil

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One of the world’s most vital industries is virtually unguarded against digital attacks.

by Joseph Hammond

As likely as a visit from E.T.

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The idea of a coming cyberwar is nonsense. The attention given to the topic only distracts us from bigger issues. Instead of gambling on a future of electronic warfare, we must continue to develop conventional defense technologies.

by Myriam Dunn Cavelty

Anarchy on the Internet

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The terrifying consequence of the Wikileaks scandal is the zeal with which hackers from around the world have shut down websites of Wikileaks opponents. Without realizing it, we have reached the cusp of a new age of cyberwar.

by Manfred Messmer

The Great TTIP Debate


Transatlantic Trade and Investment Panic?

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would secure Euro-American trade dominance. Or bring about Europe’s neoliberal demise, depending on whom you ask.

Raising the Rhetoric

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The debate in Europe surrounding TTIP relies on faulty critique on one side, and unsubstantiated promises on the other. Citizens on both sides of the Atlantic deserve better.

by Jocelyn Lequesne

Introducing the Next Transatlantic Chapter

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TTIP is more than a trade deal. It’s an opportunity to cement the Euro-Atlantic geopolitical alliance and restore faith in the Western model of market economies.

by Jacob Schrot

The Culture of Charity


Why Do We Give?

Charitable giving is seen by some as an integral part of the human condition, a reflection of our empathy and compassion. Yet charity is practiced differently across cultures, religions, and worldviews. Why do we give, and what role does charity play in our varied societies?

Dutch Charity Lotteries

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The specifics of Dutch history have lead to a Netherlands which, despite a modern government active in social issues, maintains a strong culture of private charitable giving.

by Marieke van Schaik

What Shapes Charity Culture in the UK?

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The culture of charity and giving in the UK is shaped by three key factors: state structures, citizens’ religious backgrounds, and the country’s industrial and colonial history.

by Alex Swallow

Making Zakat Relevant in the West

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Zakat is a form of alms mandated by Islamic scripture. The coordination of this massive giving project has taken several forms throughout history. In today’s western world, Muslim charities play a central role.

by Amal Imad

Why Are Some Countries More Generous?

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Even when the economic development of a country is taken into account, some nations seem far more generous in their charitable giving than others. What factors explain these national variations?

by Adam Pickering

America's Transportation Revolution


Challenging Car Culture

America has long been a car-centric country, but there is growing demand for alternate means of transportation. Walking, cycling, and public transport offer improvements for quality of life, but culture is hard to change. In the competition for public space and resources, how can communities overcome “car culture” to expand their residents’ transportation choices?

The Policy Problem

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Americans may want to travel more by foot, bicycle, and public transport, but the car will remain king as long as government policy makes driving easy, and everything else hard.

by Ralph Buehler

Walking Towards Change

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Creating a pedestrian culture in our communities is possible, but it takes some creativity.

by Katie Matchett

The Greatest Invention

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Copenhagen is famous as a cycling city. How did its city council create this world-renowned cycling culture? By making cycling the easiest option.

by Klaus Bondam

The Sum of Our Choices

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The prevalence of cars in the American transportation landscape is not an issue of culture. It’s the result of historical accidents and individual choices.

by James Longhurst
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