By Alexander Görlach - 31. 07. 2016

Turkey transforms into a dictatorship. President Erdogan uses Islam to consolidate his power. So Turkey isn't a democracy any more. Is Islam to blame ...

By Alexander Görlach - 22. 06. 2016

Makes it wonder that a policitians whose policies are often refered to as "without alternative" turns to the man of the categorical imperative when it...

By Alexander Görlach - 31. 05. 2016

The Alpine neighbor of Germany was prepared to swear in a far-right leaning President. What the heck?...

By Alexander Görlach - 18. 04. 2016

Is Jan Böhmermann the German Jon Stewart? Steven Colbert? John Oliver?...

By Alexander Görlach - 15. 12. 2015

At least since the Apollo 8 mission humanity has known there’s no difference between races or religions. Trump, Le Pen, and co. are reverting back ...

By Alexander Görlach - 12. 12. 2015

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 Euro...

By Alexander Görlach - 18. 11. 2015

On September 11th 2001 the world entered a new era of violence. In the end there will be less religion in the world, just like in Europe after 1648, ...

By Alexander Görlach - 27. 10. 2015

Angela Merkel’s chancellorship now depends on Mr. Edogan of Turkey and Mr. Seehofer of Bavaria. That doesn’t bode well for her. Meanwhile the Righ...

By Alexander Görlach - 5. 10. 2015

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...

By Alexander Görlach - 6. 07. 2015

Yesterday, stubborn people made an erroneous choice because they are mislead enough to ignore the fact that their corrupt and inefficient domestic sys...

By Alexander Görlach - 23. 05. 2015

While Torsten Albig is having success within the SPD with abstruse ideas regarding the Internet, the Union is becoming a party of digital Titans. Phil...

By Alexander Görlach - 2. 04. 2015

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By Alexander Görlach - 1. 04. 2015

Evolutionary theory has a major dictum: That humans won’t stay how they used to be....

By Alexander Görlach - 31. 03. 2015

We daydream about life in pristine, free, raw nature – where we would only survive for five minutes....

By Alexander Görlach - 30. 03. 2015

Are we still able to think of the future when technology binds us to living in real time?...

By Alexander Görlach - 27. 03. 2015

Journalists aren't lying to anyone. But our industry needs to stop deceiving itself – or it'll go under....

By Alexander Görlach - 26. 03. 2015

It is only tolerable when we do not call it by name. We tame death without ever being able to master it....

By Alexander Görlach - 25. 03. 2015

“Some say” – A Latin introduction to a specific argument and how it came to shape our culture of debate. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 24. 03. 2015

A single house of worship for a common God? In the capital of atheism? Berlin proves that its ambitious projects extend well beyond new airports and h...

By Alexander Görlach - 23. 03. 2015

An agreement between immigrants and the host country population is the foundation for peacefully managing new mass migration....

By Alexander Görlach - 20. 03. 2015

Germany bears responsibility for Greece. But that has nothing to do with World War II....

By Alexander Görlach - 19. 03. 2015

When states regulate markets, it often causes unintended consequences. This is particularly true in the housing sector, as examples from across the wo...

By Alexander Görlach - 18. 03. 2015

The relevance of Stefan Zweig's book The World of Yesterday” extends far beyond the disasters of the 20th century and into our present reality. It i...

By Alexander Görlach - 17. 03. 2015

It’s a brittle peace in Ukraine. Now Kiev wants to use Cold War relicts to stabilize the country: It is building a wall to protect us all from Russi...

By Alexander Görlach - 16. 03. 2015

In the 1950s, thousands of British homosexuals were tried and sentenced for indecency. They are still waiting for their rehabilitation. How embarrassi...

By Alexander Görlach - 13. 03. 2015

Putin and Erdoğan dream of a return to the grandeur of the past. Let’s hope their egos prevent them from cooperating....

By Alexander Görlach - 12. 03. 2015

The official residence of the Bishop of Limburg is now open for visitors. It should serve as a source of reflection on our culture's substance....

By Alexander Görlach - 11. 03. 2015

The German military is not equipped for emergency cases. Instead of operational readiness, troops are focused on the creative management of equipment ...

By Alexander Görlach - 10. 03. 2015

Protests seem to have come back into fashion in Germany. Our French neighbors can only laugh at our bourgeois revolt. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 9. 03. 2015

The sharing economy was celebrated as the end of capitalism as we know it. It is far from it....

By Alexander Görlach - 6. 03. 2015

Religion postulates that its rules apply to all. But free societies no longer respect divine directives....

By Alexander Görlach - 5. 03. 2015

Even today, Britons proudly sing “Rule, Britannia! Britannia rule the waves”; yet, for a long time, they haven’t ruled anymore. This is a proble...

By Alexander Görlach - 4. 03. 2015

The will to power has a negative connotation in Germany. Having a strong chancellor should make us rethink our assumptions....

By Alexander Görlach - 3. 03. 2015

If man can ask God for forgiveness of debt, we should be more generous towards Greece. There is more at stake here than just money....

By Alexander Görlach - 2. 03. 2015

Unless Germany charts a new business course, it will lose out to the rest of the world economy. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 18. 02. 2015

The Occident is neither a state nor a community but a simple narrative – one that is often misused ...

By Alexander Görlach - 23. 01. 2015

The weakness and desperation of Nigel Farage’s claims are the strongest arguments for Britain to stay in the EU....

By Alexander Görlach - 16. 01. 2015

What Islam is lacking is neither Reformation nor an Enlightenment. Rather, there are two neglected measures that could make Islam sustainable for the ...

By Alexander Görlach - 8. 01. 2015

Through acts of terror, militant Islamists want to avenge God but commit idolatry instead....

By Alexander Görlach - 20. 12. 2014

Neither Muslims nor Christians want to force our society into new religious conflicts. It is a third group that pits them against each other....

By Alexander Görlach - 9. 12. 2014

The battle of the sexes is the fiercest debate of our time, but to what end should it lead?...

By Alexander Görlach - 3. 12. 2014

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan has changed Turkish Islam and thereby influences Turkish people living in Germany. We Germans must ask ourselves if his brand of...

By Alexander Görlach - 10. 11. 2014

Abortion is an iniquity. The current discourse about it demonstrates humans’ willingness to reclassify themselves as goods....

By Alexander Görlach - 17. 09. 2014

We should learn to deal differently with our Nazi past, for the perpetrators of the time were human beings like you and me. That does not mean, howeve...

By Alexander Görlach - 20. 05. 2014

My adoptive parents called me Alexander and raised me as a Catholic. But my origins lie elsewhere. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 23. 09. 2013

Angela Merkel achieved the best election result since the German reunification and she will lead the country, yet again, for four more years. Her part...

By Alexander Görlach - 14. 06. 2013

Pope Francis has condemned gay networks inside the Vatican. But despite the conservative doctrine of the Catholic Church, its institutions often offer...

By Alexander Görlach - 24. 05. 2013

The start-up experience, compressed into eight songs. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 18. 05. 2013

“Never stop learning.” It’s one of the few mantras that remains unequivocally true. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 9. 05. 2013

Introducing a European citizenship option is a brilliant idea – not because nation-states suck, but because Europe is awesome. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 3. 05. 2013

Journalists who attack the media business bite the hand that feeds them. Yet it's a well-deserved bite. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 19. 04. 2013

The gloves are off in the start-up industry’s fight for the brightest minds. And a new controversy has erupted between the tech communities in Berli...

By Alexander Görlach - 7. 04. 2013

Secularism does not imply the prohibition of individual religiosity or of public displays of faith. It merely begs us to abandon any hopes for divine ...

By Alexander Görlach - 23. 03. 2013

In Germany, the state has taken responsibility for increasing broadband coverage throughout the country. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 12. 03. 2013

The conclave has gathered in Rome to elect the next pope. For the future of the Catholic Church, let's hope they don't choose an Italian. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 1. 03. 2013

Countries like Ireland already court emerging start-ups. It’s time to craft our own narrative. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 16. 02. 2013

The resignation of the pope illustrates a key lesson for budding businesses: Overzealous internationalization complicates company management. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 12. 02. 2013

The pope’s resignation has broken with the traditions of Roman centralism. The Catholic Church is moving towards a more democratic era. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 1. 02. 2013

Berlin’s start-up scene often felt like one big family. But competition is increasing, and the fight for market share is heating up. The next big th...

By Alexander Görlach - 25. 01. 2013

The market for online news journalism has dissipated. It’s time to reconsider journalism as a project of the commons....

By Alexander Görlach - 21. 01. 2013

Life is dull without music. Dustin Hoffman’s movie “Quartet” is the perfect occasion to dust off your old instrument and start playing. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 20. 01. 2013

We’ve heard it for years: the web will change everything. Here’s what will stay - and we can expect for the next big innovation cycle. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 11. 01. 2013

A strong character and assertiveness are often praised as good character traits. But just as important is the ability to reflect on one’s arguments....

By Alexander Görlach - 6. 01. 2013

When the times are a-changing, introspection becomes important. There’s no better moment for resolutions than the waning hours of the old year. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 5. 01. 2013

Early January is the time of cluttered desks and busy schedules. But the big picture is important, too: The definition of goals for the coming month, ...

By Alexander Görlach - 28. 12. 2012

Companies that remain satisfied with second-best solutions won’t succeed in the long run. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 21. 12. 2012

Traditional companies often rely on strict hierarchies; responsibility is concentrated at the top. But the future of a company depends on the entrepre...

By Alexander Görlach - 19. 12. 2012

"The debtor must pay the creditor" - one of the most basic mantras of economic theory is being turned on its head by anthropologists and sociologists....

By Alexander Görlach - 16. 12. 2012

Every good start-up is built on good management. Even traditional businesses can learn from the expertise of the New Economy. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 30. 11. 2012

Investment rounds are like trips to the theater: you might not expect much of the performance, but you'll be glad that you went. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 17. 11. 2012

A lesson from our forefathers: we have the obligation to remit debt....

By Alexander Görlach - 9. 11. 2012

Failed companies are often regarded with suspicion: "Look who didn't make it!" But the problem isn't failure itself: it's the failure to learn from ha...

By Alexander Görlach - 2. 11. 2012

Is the start-up world merely the newest incarnation of (digital) consumerism? Yes and no. Many products are the result of genuine innovation rather th...

By Alexander Görlach - 19. 10. 2012

Thomas Sedlacek's book is an important reminder that the separation of economy and society is disadvantageous to both. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 12. 10. 2012

We underestimate the strategic importance of the internet industry – and stand to repeat a mistake of the industrial revolution. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 28. 09. 2012

Old and new economy intersect everywhere. It's time for closer collaboration to navigate the digital revolution. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 26. 09. 2012

Facebook and Groupon are struggling on the stock market. Skeptics are already counting down the days until the next tech bubble bursts. They are wrong...

By Alexander Görlach - 14. 09. 2012

A selection of entrepreneurs from Berlin meets with the city's mayor. The goal: to foster closer collaboration between city hall and Berlin's emerging...

By Alexander Görlach - 7. 09. 2012

Germany's start-up industry has fought hard against the termination of tax breaks that foster innovation. It's paying off: Germany's parties are now u...

By Alexander Görlach - 31. 08. 2012

Six years ago, the soccer world cup in Germany was accompanied by a big promotional campaign under the motto "Welcome to Germany." Now, the campaign i...

By Alexander Görlach - 29. 08. 2012

For centuries, Italy's main focus was on its domestic affairs. Today, the country can no longer afford such parochialism. An essay on Italy for Linkie...

By Alexander Görlach - 24. 08. 2012

Berlin's original spirit has been lost to mass culture and tourism. But one sector has preserved the city's spirit of optimism and enthusiasm: The sta...

By Alexander Görlach - 17. 08. 2012

The start-up industry has grown into a viable ecosystem. Now, the German government wants to eliminate vital tax breaks – retroactively. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 10. 08. 2012

The start-up industry needs its own lobby to articulate its interests in the political arena. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 3. 08. 2012

A recent trip to Silicon Valley included a conversation with one of psychology's living legends, Albert Bandura. But is old science keeping up with te...

By Alexander Görlach - 1. 08. 2012

The German author Martin Mosebach has demanded to taboo and punish blasphemy. Russia is already taking him by his word. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 27. 07. 2012

Young start-ups are similar to the world of small businesses, the "Mittelstand": Both are innovative, efficient, adaptive, and driven by strong person...

By Alexander Görlach - 25. 07. 2012

Male circumcision pits two fundamental rights against each other: bodily integrity, and freedom of religion. But don't look to the legislature for a s...

By Alexander Görlach - 20. 07. 2012

It's as true for Ai Weiwei as it is for German start-ups: The internet is a fascinating thing. The sooner we embrace its potential, the better. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 12. 07. 2012

Islam and the start-up industry go hand in hand: Islamic ethics strive for investment into ventures whose returns on investment vary with entrepreneur...

By Alexander Görlach - 11. 07. 2012

The cultural industry is on life support. Without money from Big Business, journalism, the arts, and academia are not sustainable. We are witnessing t...

By Alexander Görlach - 6. 07. 2012

Innovation is everywhere: While new countries push to the forefront, Germany must avoid being left behind. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 1. 07. 2012

The euro is far from dead. Following successful integration, it will be nothing less than the next reserve currency of the world....

By Alexander Görlach - 29. 06. 2012

Driven by its start-up industry, Berlin has become a hotspot for international investors. Even Germans are beginning to realize that the internet has ...

By Alexander Görlach - 5. 06. 2012

Instead of thinking about the present and future of Muslims in a pluralistic Europe, we are suffocated by misdirected sympathy and historical baggage....

By Alexander Görlach - 30. 05. 2012

On June 29th, Catholics around the world collect the so-called “Peter’s Pence” to provide financial support to the Pope and the Vatican. This ye...

By Alexander Görlach - 28. 03. 2012

Political disputes between Right and Left are mirrored in the Catholic Church. Five hundred years after the rise of Protestantism, little has changed....

By Alexander Görlach - 14. 03. 2012

The French are keen on a European leadership position; Germans are eager to step away from the helm. We don't want a return to German power phantasies...

By Alexander Görlach - 4. 03. 2012

Revolution is in the air in Russia – or so we think. But a closer look illustrates that a repeat of the Arab Spring is less than unlikely in Moscow....

By Alexander Görlach - 17. 02. 2012

The German president has stepped down, the nation has lost its head. It's a good time to abolish the vestiges of monarchic thought. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 8. 01. 2012

Turning thirty-five is neither here nor there: Not quite on the summit of one's life, but clearly beyond the years of young adulthood. ...

By Alexander Görlach - 9. 12. 2011

For years, a Muslim student fought for his private prayer room – all the way to the German Constitutional Court. The case shows: The debate is not a...

By Alexander Görlach - 17. 11. 2011

Italy has outlived its bizarre prime minister. Now the country must come to grips with the havoc he wreaked and rebuilt its political culture. A eulog...

By Alexander Görlach - 10. 11. 2011

Having a youth movement is good. But what are the demands of the occupy protesters? Without a message, they might as well occupy their local playgroun...

By Alexander Görlach - 25. 10. 2011

Across Europe, pundits demand a new narrative for the EU. But our foundations remain strong. We must only broaden our gaze: We used to say "never agai...

By Alexander Görlach - 13. 10. 2011

Violence against Christians is the latest sign of the precarious state of the Arab Spring. Unless moderate liberals can modernize Islam, atheism is th...

By Alexander Görlach - 29. 09. 2011

Pope Benedict XVI has rejected the idea that the Church must have worldly power. What matters are not one's worldly actions but one's faith before God...

By Alexander Görlach - 17. 09. 2011

Three days after it opened, the Ground Zero memorial had already turned into a tourist destination. Spectators flood the area to pose in front of anyt...

By Alexander Görlach - 10. 09. 2011

The 9/11 attacks are the most important event since the fall of the Berlin wall. Ten years later, we are beginning to realize their significance as th...

By Alexander Görlach - 6. 09. 2011

Has the Left been correct all along? Frank Schirrmacher has asked that question in Germany, Charles Moore asked it in Britain. And I ask myself the sa...

By Alexander Görlach - 18. 08. 2011

Can we talk about objective, irrevocable truth? Or merely about claims to truth that are contested by the statements of others? Truth or opinion – t...

By Alexander Görlach - 8. 08. 2011

Germans are discussing whether the military should be used to protect trade routes overseas. The Minister of Defense Thomas de Maizière and Social De...

By Alexander Görlach - 26. 07. 2011

Financial capitalism has lost its legitimacy. The spiral of ever-increasing national debt and Wall Street speculation must be broken. And we must spea...

By Alexander Görlach - 15. 07. 2011

America is shifting its attention to the East - away from Europe and towards the Pacific region. The EU is dropping down on the priority list. There m...

By Alexander Görlach - 6. 07. 2011

We talk about the Egyptian revolution as if it happened a hundred years ago. Yet it is far from finished. When will elections take place? How democrat...

By Alexander Görlach - 3. 05. 2011

The civilized West likes to look down on archaic Muslim countries. But a proper trial of Bin Laden would have done more to bolster the standing of the...

By Alexander Görlach - 18. 02. 2011

The people on both sides of the Mediterranean Sea have had little contact since northern Africa came under Islamic influence many centuries ago. The c...

By Alexander Görlach - 2. 02. 2011

Egyptians are freeing themselves from the yoke of despotism. One can only hope that they can avoid another authoritarian reign: The Muslim Brotherhood...

By Alexander Görlach - 24. 12. 2010

The longing is great. But we cannot return to the Deutschmark. The political unification of Europe must now be followed by an economic unification. We...

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Wikileaks strikes again: an obscure, opaque bunch under the leadership of a white-haired weirdo embarrasses the superpower USA. The American ambassado...

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By Alexander Görlach - 1. 12. 2010

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