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Dear Mr Fukuyama, I have a problem with the fact that history has ended... This column looks at the state of the European Dream and the law, politics and ideology of a post-2008 world.

Three creditors and a ...

The game being played around the Greek crisis lays bare the failings of an entire political class.

On Risks and Wrongs...

Calculatung risks, we really only have three options: mitigate, eradicate, accept. But what to choose when it comes to the incredibly tragic risk of a depressed pilot?

“Hope won“...

Alexis Tsipras’ victory is the first sign of courageous and uncompromising politics that we have seen in years. The Greeks have voted in favor of Europe.

Uncertain Silver Linin...

Unlike other European politicians, Alexis Tspiras may not be making empty promises. He may actually present a chance for real change. Radical change.

Heartache and Hot Dogs...

2014 is the year of historical landmarks. But rather than commemorating tragedies, countries across Europe organize shallow spectacles.

Big infatuation...

Like The Kardashians, Silicon Valley just isn’t part of the real world.

What the law can’t f...

The verdict in the Pistorius case is disappointing and irrational to many. But in the eyes of law, it is necessary to accept that there are moments of human behaviour that are beyond any form of rationality and irreconcilable with someone’s standard character.

More of the same ...

The banking union and banking resolution promise a shiny future for the EU and its common currency, but the reality looks a lot bleaker.

In this together...

If solidarity is to serve political change, it must be elevated to a normative goal and enforced as a principle of law and not as a matter of choice.

Emma gets it...

To this day, women are still the weaker sex. This is not only bad for women, it is bad for everyone – especially for men.

The vocabulary of a co...

Is it too harsh to call Israel an apartheid state? If we are willing to describe Hamas as a backward terrorist organization, then we should probably apply harsher rhetoric to the actions of Israel as well.

Not buying it...

Social entrepreneurship is a blessing for producers and consumers. Not because it makes capitalism more social or better, but because it sugar-coats the realities of an unjust system – encouraging us to accept the bad and focus on the good.


Most People Are Rationally Ignorant

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.

A Violent Tea Party?

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

Passage to India

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.

"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 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

No Glove, No Love

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.

Perfection Is Not A Useful Concept

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.

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