This is Water - English

This is Water

Two young fish swim along and they happen to meet an older fish swimming the other way. The older fish nods at them and says "Morning, boys. How's the water?" The two young fish swim on for a bit, eventually one of them looks over at the other and goes "What the hell is water?" - A column on the slightly intangible textures of our lifes and societies: culture, history, identity, politics and philosophy.

There to stay...

Austria’s new Islam Law is controversial, especially when it comes to cutting Muslim communities off from foreign payments. Now Muslims in Austria have to make a choice.

A New Chapter in Germa...

70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz we experience a change of perspective in Germany – towards the future. It is an offer to the current generation that includes so many with immigrant backgrounds.

The question ...

The tendency to classify people according to their origins turns a seemingly innocent question into an offensive remark.

Freezing Progress...

Social freezing does not empower women, it postpones the question of family and gender equality.

Thicker than blood...

I migrated to Germany when I was eight years old. Does that give me the right to call myself German and to comment on the country’s war guilt?

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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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