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Analyzing where foreign policy, social change, and popular culture overlap.

Are you just a human or already a citizen?


When does a person get to be a human? At the moment this discussion is being carried out in Europe over refugees and their rights as they come to Europe. The German Chancellor has said multiple times that there are “universal civil rights” that the refugees are entitled to. Observers have wondered whether she intentionally did not say “univer


Muhammad is like Jesus


Author and Islam critic Hamad Abdel-Samad has unpacked the stereotypes about the prophet of the Muslim faith and compiled them in a new book. But this is not religious criticism’s finest hour.

More Feminists


Women’s equality is directly linked to Europe’s overall well-being. Only by overcoming gender inequality can we truly lay the foundations for the continent’s future.


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


Can the Stock Market Triple by 2026?


Thirty years ago, on Monday, October 19, 1987, the US Stock market collapsed. Plunging more than 500

Growing Smaller


With political nationalism and economic protectionism on the rise, it is time to ask: Has globalizat

Glyphosat: the Commission, a mere sekretariat!


In the European Commission, they like having the power but not the responsibility. They like pressur

TTIP-toeing towards low life quality


This July the Transatlantic Trade Investment Partnership (TTIP) completes three years of existence a

The Pope at the cradle of Islam

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, tol


The Philosophical Salon

Culture and Society

True to the tradition of public intellectual engagement, the Philosophical Salon is a place where co

And We Have Killed Him

Culture and Society

Religiosity is on the decline throughout the West, and church attendance has never been lower. But c

ISIL targeting civilians to 'avenge' loss of Tal Afar

Culture and Society

Fighters from the Islamic State (ISIL) are indiscriminately targeting civilians to avenge for their

Religious freedom is under attack

Culture and Society

Religious persecution and intolerance remains far too prevalent. Almost 80 percent of the global pop

Deutsche Börse boss resigns

Apocalypse No

For millennia, man has been fascinated by the idea of global apocalypse. We're now able for the first time to develop preventive and defense technolog


The digital Revolution in Europe


50 entertaining questions about the digital Revolution in Europe.

Universities’ bureaucratic rule


Three tendencies characterize modern education, especially at the university level. Can they be reve

The same tired arguments


Despite his conservative critics, Obama's opening to Cuba is as significant as Nixon's opening to Ch

Calm after the Storm?


The West’s response in the fight against Ebola was sluggish at best. What lessons need to be learn


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


EU CO2 standards for trucks: Industry express serious concerns


The EU-Parliament and the Council reached a provisional deal on new CO2 emission targets for heavy-d

What the German Voters did


I was in Hamburg on the day of the elections. I watched the results come in with a girlfriend on her

Merkel or THE LEFT


A policy of cutbacks, isolationism, arms build-up. Obama, Pope, Panda bear. Angela Merkel is campaig

Less free market, more political creation


Recently I read two seemingly contradictory ‘letters to the editor’ in a daily paper, I frequent


Information Is Cheap, Meaning Is Expensive

George Dyson grew up around the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, built kayaks in Canada an

Politics Is at the Root of the Problem

Austerity policies are driving us towards a double-dip recession, warns US economist Joseph Stiglitz

We Are Crossing the Boundary Between Knowledge and Belief

Rolf-Dieter Heuer is the director of the European Organization for Nuclear Research and oversees the

“Architecture is an expression of values”

Sir Norman Foster is the mastermind behind some of the world’s most iconic buildings. With Max Tho

“The digital age has given young people unprecedented influence”

21 year-old “Helena”-founder Henry Elkus has built a one-of-a-kind organization of world leaders

In Pursuit of the Beautiful Soul

“The Beautiful is not different from the Good: The Beautiful is the Good that shows itself to us p

We Need A Crisis, And A Change of Values

Herman Daly has advocated a steady-state-economy since the 1970s. Martin Eiermann talked with him ab

"Cities are making us more human"

More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbaniz

"There is no news industry"

Clay Shirky has been at the forefront of thinking about the future of journalism for the better part


Communication Quarantine

Secretly checking emails, twittering from the restroom, online 24/7. How addicted to the "social media" phenomenon have we become? Markus Albert attempts to find out himself.

Google Almighty

Social media and Google are quickly becoming invaluable to our lives. By breaking with old structures, the little start-up emerged as the most dominant force of the Internet Age.

The Highlanders' Way

The Scottish National Party is governing from Edinburgh. Their central aim: independence from England. But this does not necessarily spell doom for the UK. Instead, we might see the emergence of new forms of partial sovereignty.

Tales from the Shire

The German federal government is relinquishing power to the EU in Brussels. Yet encouraged by the success of regional autonomy movements elsewhere, Bavarians want to bring politics back to Southern Germany - and closer to the people.

Moscow, Get Ready for Trouble

The long shadow of the Soviet Union can be felt even today. Around Russia, former republics and part-republics are experiencing turmoil across national and ethnic borders. If Moscow is not careful to play her cards right, destabilizing forces could soon become energized.

There is Always Room for Mysteries

Our understanding of the universe is continuously expanding. But every question that is solved only leads to new questions. Alexander Goerlach talked to Sir Martin Rees about astronomy, scientific certainty, and the role of religion in contemporary society.

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