Sixty years after the beginnings of the European idea, the EU is in trouble. Debt and currency crises have eroded confidence into the European project while member states remain hesitant to transfer power to Brussels. Yet historically, crisis has always resulted in further integration.
The money-worshipping PC middle class have only their selfish selves to blame for the recent rise of the extremist right and surge in ignorant nationalism. It’s too late for the thinking classes to patronisingly label the disenfranchised ‘have-nots’ as ignorant numpties. Our welfare states sto
As a Brazilian myself, I grew up hearing that word through most of my life, citing either Brazil or virtually any country in South America. But what is populism, can we learn from the past and, more boldly, can we make a prediction of the future? A quick search online and multiple news sources wi
In her novel “Unterleuten”, the German author Julie Zeh is describing a fictitious village in the East German state of Brandenburg, but it might as well be located in my home state Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania, in Alsace or in the US-American rust-belt. Nowadays, those winning political electio
When I was a kid, my cassette recorder got jammed on fast-forward, after I dropped it. That’s what British politics feels like since that Brexit vote. Resignations, recriminations, a Conservative leadership battle where the Brexiteers consumed each other, then imploded, a Labour opposition ripping
Conservatism appears to be in crisis: climate change calls for environmental policies, the welfare state must be reformed (but not be abolished), the financial crisis has exposed the flaws of markets. Many conservatives struggle to articulate their answers - or do they?
The Pope followed the invitation of the catholic church in the United Arab Emirates and of the political leaders, his Highnes Sheik Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crownprince of Abu Dhabi and his Highnes Sheik Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vicepresident Premier and leader of Dubai to come to Abu Dh
In Britain, the past few difficult years have prompted anger and resentment; but they have also prompted realism. This is why the Conservative party-led coalition continues to attract a certain amount of legitimacy, even if it also attracts substantial criticism. The cuts to public spending (or pe
Can conservatism make a distinctive contribution to the politics of crisis? My answer is ‘yes,’ but we should be clear that it cannot solve our problems overnight. Sober realism is important because we are heading for a period of enforced austerity and low growth. Individuals, companies, and cou
The middle of the political spectrum is thinly populated: Only 10 percent of Americans identify as undecided independents. The rest is drifting apart politically.
"Thousands die each year because they don’t go to a doctor when they should and our life expectancy is actually in decline. While the pharmaceutical industry makes tens of billions a year in profit, 1 in 5 Americans can’t afford the medicine they need. And here’s another emergency. Too many
For months, Democratic commentators have argued that US conservatives attempt to capitalize on racist undercurrents. Conservatives, they say, have accused Obama of expanding welfare and unemployment benefits only because it disproportionately benefits the black minority. But the final weeks of this
For more than a decade now politicians and pundits have talked about a polarized electorate – red-state conservatives and blue-state liberals. Both parties focus on turning out their “base.” Commentators often overlook evidence that millions of Americans don’t line up neatly in these red and
Years of austerity have left their mark on Europe: budget deficits have shrunk, reforms have been delayed, and the social costs of cuts are increasingly visible.
The EU will be taking steps to reduce CO2 emissions of heavy-duty vehicles. The Councils press release1 explain that the new measures will ensure that by 2025, new trucks will emit on average 15% less CO2 and by 2030, they will be required to emit on average 30% less CO2 compared to 2019 emission le
The reader is from the city Mülheim a.D. Ruhr. He criticized in full my party DIE LINKE for a "policy which focuses too strongly on the Eastern German states, ignoring the problems of our insolvent municipalities in the West." Both of these standpoints, from Wittstock as well as Mülheim, are not i
We owe Froebel the kindergarten. While we can possibly refrain from Froebels pathos, we can not ignore the encompassing concern of society for our offspring. A fifth of children and youth in Germany, below the age of 18, are currently at risk of impoverishment. In different German states, such as Ba
Two minutes from Syntagma Sqaure, a (great) Greek journalist observes to me: “I don’t care about politics. I am a Leo. I care about my wife and my daughter. I care about sex and I care about my life. Last week my newspaper told me they would not pay me until after the referendum. I don’t know
Secretly checking emails, twittering from the restroom, online 24/7. How addicted to the "social media" phenomenon have we become? Markus Albert attempts to find out himself.
Social media and Google are quickly becoming invaluable to our lives. By breaking with old structures, the little start-up emerged as the most dominant force of the Internet Age.
The Scottish National Party is governing from Edinburgh. Their central aim: independence from England. But this does not necessarily spell doom for the UK. Instead, we might see the emergence of new forms of partial sovereignty.
The German federal government is relinquishing power to the EU in Brussels. Yet encouraged by the success of regional autonomy movements elsewhere, Bavarians want to bring politics back to Southern Germany - and closer to the people.
The long shadow of the Soviet Union can be felt even today. Around Russia, former republics and part-republics are experiencing turmoil across national and ethnic borders. If Moscow is not careful to play her cards right, destabilizing forces could soon become energized.
Our understanding of the universe is continuously expanding. But every question that is solved only leads to new questions. Alexander Goerlach talked to Sir Martin Rees about astronomy, scientific certainty, and the role of religion in contemporary society.