While the “pay now or pay more later” logic may not appeal to the “climate justice” sentiments voiced at the last climate summit, it could help to motivate the actions needed to satisfy its goals.
Ignoring the history of emissions would be a mistake. But allowing economic concerns to swamp moral ones is an even bigger one.
Africa's economic growth has sparked a fierce battle for influence between archenemies.
Africa needs a new generation of leaders, if it wants to transform its current economic growth into a long-run Golden Age rather than a short-term illusion.
Africa needs strong and effective national courts to come to terms with its conflict-ridden history. But the spectres of the past linger on and continue to divide the continent.
As Africa faces demographic growth of historic dimensions, hopes for corresponding economic development are high. But the continent is unprepared, and the recent economic improvements are threatened.
Our current patent system cannot be fixed; it must be abolished if we want to safeguard innovation and human development.
Software patents hinder innovation and foster litigation. If patent trolls continue to use them to their benefit, innovative companies like Facebook won’t stand a chance.
Patent trolls have broken the patent system. Six proposals for a reboot:
The basic flaw of our patent system is that no one is measuring patent quality. Large businesses take advantage of this and thereby destroy small businesses and innovation
Without secrecy, the state cannot protect its citizens. The public should therefore not have a universal right to transparency.
Surveillance can’t be stopped. But instead of isolating ourselves and trying to seal off our secrets we should expose them, and the snoopers surrounding us. For the illusory fantasy of absolute privacy has come to an end.
The trouble with secrecy and transparency goes back a long way. To understand why we need secrets we must take a look at history and the British postal service of the nineteenth century.
To analyze the true value of secrecy, we should not look to the state or companies but to kids and their diaries. For secrets are an essential part of our human development.
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.
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.
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?
For almost a century, transportation policy has been heavily biased towards private cars. Yet times have changed, and transition is inevitable. The question is: Will that transition be forced and disruptive, or can it anticipate the sweeping transformations that lie ahead?
The Syrian tragedy has exposed the shortcomings of the EU’s asylum policy. The newly agreed-upon rules will not help to cure the system’s birth defects. What the EU needs is real burden-sharing – or at least more competencies for the Commission.
While Americans have always rallied around their country in times of crisis, Europeans have abandoned the dream of a united Europe.
European foreign policy in Syria has failed. Has Europe become powerless on the world stage?
Europe is more than the single market: It's the promise of a new kind of political union. Unfortunately, the ruptures of globalization have rendered the successes of the EU invisible.