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Austerity in Europe

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Endgame

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.

EU CO2 standards for trucks: Industry express serious concerns

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The EU-Parliament and the Council reached a provisional deal on new CO2 emission targets for heavy-duty vehicles. Until 2030 emissions from new trucks have to be 30 % lower compared to 2019 emission level. The EU said it is an opportunity for the manufactures to embrace innovation. For the industry, these targets by the EU are too demanding and the baseline for the targets is still unknown.

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by Alexandre Kintzinger
28.02.2019

Less free market, more political creation

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Recently I read two seemingly contradictory ‘letters to the editor’ in a daily paper, I frequent regularly: “We always claimed that the boom of the East is really happening in the West,” a citizen from Wittstock in Brandenburg wrote. A reader from a city in North-Rhine-Westphalia, on the other hand, criticized my party DIE LINKE for a “policy which focuses too strongly on the Eastern Germany.”

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by Dietmar Bartsch
11.04.2017

Polarization in America

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The Divided States of America

The middle of the political spectrum is thinly populated: Only 10 percent of Americans identify as undecided independents. The rest is drifting apart politically.

30 million Americans have no health insurance

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No, President Trump, there is no “national emergency” on the souther border. You want a national emergency? 30 million Americans have no health insurance and many more are under-insured.

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by Bernard Sanders
26.02.2019

No Success for Politics of Hate

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Obama and Romney are tied in the polls. But the most striking aspect of the final weeks of campaigning is how little polarizing ideology and latent racism seem to matter.

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by Chase Gummer
11.10.2012

Swing-Voting Libertarians

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The usual left/right dichotomy ignores a large portion of American voters: those who reject conservative traditions and big-spending liberals alike.

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by David Boaz
04.10.2012

Modern Conservatism

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Back To Basics

Conservatism appears to be in crisis: climate change calls for environmental policies, the welfare state must be reformed (but not be abolished), the financial crisis has exposed the flaws of markets. Many conservatives struggle to articulate their answers – or do they?

The Pope at the cradle of Islam

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On the occation of the first visit of a Pope at the Arab Peninsula in the United Arab Emirates Pope Francis called upon to use religion for peace, tolerance and the compliance of the freedom of religion. Dialog and tolerance are the keywords. But what´s the meaning of it?

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by Beatrice Bischof
24.02.2019

To Make The World A Better Place

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Conservatives must modernize – by returning to their roots. The basic tenets of conservative beliefs still hold: The skepticism towards radical change, the commitment to stability in a risky world, and the desire to leave behind a better world for our children.

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by Nik Darlington
08.04.2012

The Politics of Responsibility

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Conservatism is not in crisis. In an uncertain world, personal and fiscal responsibility is required more than ever. Conservative politics can provide the blueprint for policies that are rooted in conviction and responsibility rather than poll numbers.

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by Kieron O'Hara
27.03.2012

The Future of the EU

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A Model, Or A Curse?

Sixty years after the beginnings of the European idea, the EU is in trouble. Debt and currency crises have eroded confidence into the European project while member states remain hesitant to transfer power to Brussels. Yet historically, crisis has always resulted in further integration.

Has the ‘fuck you’ Brexit vote finally come up against the buffers of reality?

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As Liberal western democracy crumbles, exemplified by the demise of parliament in the UK, the reigning in of Macron in France and Germany’s slide into coalition pantomime; the internet domination marches on.

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by John Malcolm Watts
14.01.2019

Lessons to Europe

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Populism is the current trending topic when one explains politics in Western countries. Though it is not a new concept, it is rising in Europe and it also managed to win hearts and minds of American people last year who chose Donald Trump to be the 45th president of the United States.

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by Robert Born
13.01.2017

We Can Not Afford More of The Same!

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“The residents of the East German village Unterleuten didn’t read the papers, didn’t watch TV, didn’t use the World Wide Web. Politicians didn’t pay attention to Unterleuten – why would Unterleuten pay attention to politics? The village was missing stores, doctors, clergymen, the postal service, a pharmacy, as well as a school – it didn’t have sewerage either.” Juli Zeh hereby hits the bull’s eye.

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by Dietmar Bartsch
10.12.2016

Has UK Politics hit fast forward?

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Just over a week ago the UK’s latest Prime Minister was revealed. The leadership contest, sparked by the country’s vote to leave the EU and expected to last weeks, was over in just days. Is this a reflection of the UK’s political environment post Brexit? Matthew Amroliwala from the BBC reflects on covering the day David Cameron waved good bye and Theresa May embarked on her premiership.

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by Matthew Amroliwala
24.07.2016

The Philosophical Salon

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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.

Live and let

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by Christian Harisch
24.09.2018

In Pursuit of the Beautiful Soul

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“The Beautiful is not different from the Good: The Beautiful is the Good that shows itself to us pleasingly veiled. —Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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by Justine Kolata
05.10.2016

A Renaissance of Salon Culture

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What is the history of salon culture? How did the salon contribute to the formation of a European public sphere? In what ways did salons create new forms of community through culture and ideas? What lessons can be learned for communication, discursive action and human interaction today? These are questions we must consider in envisioning new forms of participatory democracy in the 21 st century.

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by Justine Kolata
29.08.2016

Being Human Matters

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How do we define what is human and what is not?

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by Alice Crary
27.07.2015

US Presidential Election

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This Land Is Your Land

A European perspective on American electoral politics.

PM Netanyahu's Response to President Donald Trump's Statement about the U.S. Embassy

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Jerusalem has been the focus of hopes, dreams and prayers of the Jewish people around the world for three millennia. Now US-President Donald Trump has clearly pronounced, that the USA recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu immediately reacted thankful and more than pleased.

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by The European
08.12.2017

The secret to winning elections and becoming US President

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The rationale that explains the popularity and longevity of fictional characters such as detective Columbo also helps predict election outcomes and forecast the likely winner in the race for the White House

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by Christian Schnee
18.04.2016

Let's Talk About Class

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America likes to talk about race, but not about class.

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by Martin Eiermann
29.01.2013

Commander-in-Chief v the World

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Regardless of who wins the US presidential election, two things will remain largely unchanged: America’s foreign policy and the country’s role in the world.

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by Katty Kay
04.11.2012
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