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Channel Hopping

Keeping an eye on British politics, because “Europe” doesn’t start south of the channel.

The Bulldog’s legacy...

Winston Churchill has left British politics with shoes too big to fill.

Vote UKIP, get Tory...

When it comes to scoring political points, the Conservatives are bending democratic principles.

Red and blue make purp...

Instead of propagating alternatives to fend off UKIP, Labour and Conservatives are trying to attract voters by emulating Nigel Farage and his gang.

Bloody poppies...

The poppy has moved from a reminder of the futility of war, to bordering on a somber celebration of the act of sacrifice for Britain. That’s wrong.

A sea of broken dreams...

European governments are trying to reduce the number of Africans entering Europe. It is a sad irony that those people are exactly what Europe needs.

In with the Hip...

An influx of hipsters would bring more to politics than just a snazzy dress sense.

Fear and loathing in p...

Back in 2008, Obama ran on a platform of hope. Today, that has become unthinkable – fear just seems to work so much better.

No right to deny right...

The Conservative Party plans to pull the UK out of the European Human Rights Act. This is not only absurd, it is shameful.

The old ball and chain...

Why I am glad Scotland stays with us but potentially would have voted to leave the Union if given the choice.

Squeaky bum time...

Regardless of the result, the Scottish referendum will change British politics fundamentally – and we should be thankful for that.

An unexpected summer...

If even the silly season is as eventful as it has been this year, then David Cameron should brace himself for a harsh autumn and winter.

A hypocritical choice...

Last week, David Cameron nominated Jonathan Hill as the UK's next European Commissioner. It raises doubts about his intention of keeping Britain in the EU.


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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