The global village will have its village idiots. Sir Martin Rees

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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

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

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

Has Globalization peaked?

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Growing Smaller

With political nationalism and economic protectionism on the rise, it is time to ask: Has globalization reached its peak and will we witness a retreat behind national borders?

Can the Stock Market Triple by 2026?

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Thirty years ago, on Monday, October 19, 1987, the US Stock market collapsed. Plunging more than 500 points, the Dow Jones Industrial Average finished the day down 23%, its greatest single day decline ever. Black Monday – as the day was quickly dubbed by financial journalists — was a significant and sobering event.

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by James Dilworth
09.11.2017

Transforming education in the digital age

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Digitization’s impact on learning is comparable only to the changes wrought by the printing press and compulsory education

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by Jörg Dräger
25.02.2016

The globalization of suffering

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Pictures of suffering and dying are spread in real time; globalization has thereby reached the most intimate sphere of human life.

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by Iavor Rangelov
22.12.2014

Before the collapse

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The latest protests against the globalization are of a new quality: The managers are getting nervous – and rightly so.

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by Harold James
16.12.2014

Power in the 21st Century

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Who’s Got The Power?

Power is a fundamental resource of human interaction. Be it on the political level or on the societal level: power shapes our relations. But the nation-state is no longer the only game in town. New powers are rising and the global power balance is reaching a tipping point.

What the German Voters did

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I was in Hamburg on the day of the elections. I watched the results come in with a girlfriend on her television. She is a green voter appalled to see the high proportion of seats won by the AfD. It was hardly a surprise. The result was symbolic of the breakdown of the old style binary parliamentary structures of Western European democracies that have been around for a century.

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by John Malcolm Watts
05.10.2017

We only have two choices

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Jean-Claude Juncker has given his final state-of-the-union-address to the EU-parliament. He said: “Either come together around a positive European agenda or each retreat into our own corners. Faced with this choice, I argued for unity.” The European hereby presents the full text of this speech.

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by Jean-Claude Juncker
15.09.2017

Merkel or THE LEFT

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A policy of cutbacks, isolationism, arms build-up. Obama, Pope, Panda bear. Angela Merkel is campaigning with backwards policies and beautiful pictures. The direction is called “More of the same!”

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by Dietmar Bartsch
17.08.2017

Knocking on chancellor’s door

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“Today’s political and social conditions are highly unjust and therefore, we need to fight them with the greatest energy possible.” And: “Performance needs to be worthwhile again”. These are not quotations from the Social Democratic candidate for chancellor, Martin Schulz.

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by Dietmar Bartsch
12.03.2017
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