Alexanderplatz - one of Berlin's central squares, and the column of the Editor-in-Chief. Alexander Görlach writes about politics, culture and the course of human progress.
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 for this?
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 comes to her decision-making? Angela Merkel and the search for the German soul.
The Alpine neighbor of Germany was prepared to swear in a far-right leaning President. What the heck?
Is Jan Böhmermann the German Jon Stewart? Steven Colbert? John Oliver?
A look at attitudes about Greece.
Greece’s endless eleventh hour agreements and continued resistance to bailout package terms have many wondering what next steps the country should take.
Elections in the United Kingdom have been disappointing for nearly everyone.
Reluctance aside, the world still needs an American superpower.
This editorial focus lies on economics, business and technology. Always with an interdisciplinary approach.
President Barack Obama is well known to be a frequent user of modern technology. No wonder some newspapers gave him the title “Social Media President.” Obama’s Twitter account is the third most followed in the world. Only Katy Perry and Justin Bieber have more followers. Every 33rd person that
The Young European Collective is a group of Europeans from different countries, backgrounds, and perspectives. Each week, one member will voice a unique viewpoint on a topic from a variety of social, political, and cultural developments and aspects of life in Europe. The activities of the group are funded by Stiftung Mercator.
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.
We do hold a responsibility to remember about the dark past of Nazism. However, this is not for Germans only to shoulder this responsibility in the form of national guilt.
Across the world, people are getting to stage to share their biggest failures.
Half a decade after Stéphane Hessel’s call for outrage, young people continue to languish in apathy. Could our society’s emphasis of individualism be at fault?
What decisions would we make if we deliberated carefully about public policy? Alexander Görlach sat down with Stanford's James Fishkin to discuss deliberative democracy, parliamentary discontent, and the future of the two-party system.
For many Europeans the massacre in Arizona is another evidence that political violence is spreading in the United States but this unfortunate event was the deed of a mentally ill person, not a political activist. There is no evidence of an increasing political extremism tearing America apart. Using
The US and Russia don't agree on much - but they are both keen to develop a good relationship with India. How do we know? Look at the arms trade.
More than 50 percent of the world's population now live in cities – and there is no end of urbanization in sight. Harvard economist Edward Glaeser believes urbanization to be a solution to many unanswered problems: pollution, depression and a lack of creativity. He spoke with Lars Mensel about the
Contrary to the mantras repeated by the press, HIV infections are not increasing. We need to move away from activist scare tactics and towards complex risk management strategies.
Nick Bostrom directs the Future of Humanity Institute at Oxford University. He talked with Martin Eiermann about existential risks, genetic enhancements and the importance of ethical discourses about technological progress.