Debates

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.

Giving Europe new momentum

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Europe must set its priorities straight if it wants to remain a key player in global affairs. Only a Union that is both political and pragmatic can sustain future shocks.

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by Michel Barnier
18.04.2014

United in Opposition

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The Alliance of European Conservatives and Reformists stands for a different kind of Europe. We believe that Europe would be more prosperous and democratic if each nation provided for its own needs.

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by Daniel Hannan
09.04.2014

Publishing Hitler’s "Mein Kampf"?

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The Book of Evil

The copyright on Adolf Hitler's racist autobiography "Mein Kampf" expires in 2015. From then on, anyone will be free to republish the infamous book. Should a ban be imposed or would that infringe our freedom of expression?

The €500,000 Solution

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To publish or not to publish? That is no longer the question. What remains to be done after the "Mein Kampf" copyright expires in 2015 is to provide an antitoxin to its content – and Bavaria has just the right medicine.

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by Timothy W. Ryback
17.04.2014

Banned for good

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The German state must ban Hitler’s _Mein Kampf_ for eternity and recognize that plain and outspoken rejection of Nazi ideology is a fundamental part of German democracy. This is the surest way to prevent history from repeating itself.

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by Dessislava Kirova
15.04.2014

Terrible Irony

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Should German publishing houses, even German citizens, be free to publish and sell Adolf Hitler's racist, ranting autobiography _Mein Kampf_? Yes, they should.

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by Brendan O'Neill
26.03.2014

Great Britain and the EU

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Not Amused

Great Britain and the EU are drifting apart. A majority of Britons now believes that EU membership has become a burden rather than a benefit. How much longer can the leadership at No.10 withstand the Eurosceptics?

Beyond complicated

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The UK-EU relationship is complex, but the reason for this complexity is simple: both sides have baggage – and not just a bit.

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by Mark Briggs
16.04.2014

Better off Inside

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It’s impossible to say what will happen between the UK and the rest of Europe. But it is possible to say what _should_ happen.

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by Stephen Tindale
15.03.2014

The Big Bang

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Banging on about Europe has once again become a vote winner in the UK and a “Brexit” is more likely than ever. If David Cameron wins next year’s elections, he will have to face an inconvenient promise.

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by Sam Macrory
11.03.2014

No Damsel in Distress

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Why a referendum could save British-EU relations.

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by Juliane Sarnes
17.02.2013

Why Homosexuality Benefits Society

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The Rainbow Society

Promoting and protecting LGBT rights benefits not only homosexuals but society as a whole. By fostering the rights of homosexuals, we can increase freedom, tolerance and creativity on the whole – thereby making our societies much more progressive. Can we pass this litmus test?

The more, the merrier

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It is the duty of every modern and free society to protect its homosexual population. States that discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation will be left standing.

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by Miguel Vale de Almeida
10.04.2014

Go the distance

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The debate about gay rights stretches far beyond marriage and adoption – it is a debate about freedom and human self-determination. Politicians should look at the economy to learn how to benefit from diversity.

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by Volker Beck
08.04.2014

Positive side effects

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Increasing LGBT rights means decreasing intolerance, xenophobia and other discriminating behavior. The struggle for equality must therefore matter to us all.

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by Robert Biedroń
02.04.2014

Limits to love

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Vladimir Putin is right to oppose strengthening the rights of homosexuals. Some privileges should be reserved for heterosexual couples.

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by Béatrice Bourges
31.03.2014

The Crimean Crisis and the Return of Geopolitics

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A Lukewarm Peace

The situation in Ukraine proves that geopolitics is still a reality in Europe. Will Russia’s behavior prompt a new cold warfare, or can the West tame Vladimir Putin? What actions need to be taken now?

The exaggerated crisis

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The Russian annexation of Crimea is certainly not the beginning of a new Cold War. The EU and the US should ignore Russian muscle-flexing and focus on other challenges.

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by Rick Noack
07.04.2014

Russian Nostalgia

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Putin’s authoritarianism is repulsive not only to people abroad. The situation in Russia is reminiscent of the eve of the Soviet Union’s collapse.

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by Leonid Luks
04.04.2014

Divide and Rule

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Over the last twenty years, European politics have ignored classical geopolitics. Now we are paying the price for our neglect.

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by Federico Castiglioni
23.03.2014

Building Future Smart Cities

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Smart City Life

More and more people live in urban areas and cities are still the prime catalysts of national economic well-being. Building new and efficient cities has therefore become one of the crucial challenges of any government. We want to debate how these new “smart cities” should look like and function.

The sense-able city

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We don’t need to build new cities – a simple reboot of the existing ones will do. An account of human sensors and smart trash:

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by Carlo Ratti
21.03.2014

Utopolis

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Building new, efficient and successful cities is the 21st century’s Space Race. There are no ready-made solutions for “smart cities”, but a lot to be learned from our past mistakes. Three easy steps for a smart urban future:

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by Anthony Townsend
20.03.2014
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