The Future of the EU

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.

Has the ‘fuck you’ Brexit vote finally come up against the buffers of reality?

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

Lessons to Europe

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

We Can Not Afford More of The Same!

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

Has UK Politics hit fast forward?

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

Modern Conservatism

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 at the cradle of Islam

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

To Make The World A Better Place

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

The Politics of Responsibility

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

Polarization in America

The middle of the political spectrum is thinly populated: Only 10 percent of Americans identify as undecided independents. The rest is drifting apart politically.

30 million Americans have no health insurance

"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

No Success for Politics of Hate

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

Swing-Voting Libertarians

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

Austerity in Europe

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.

EU CO2 standards for trucks: Industry express serious concerns

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

Less free market, more political creation

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

Impoverished Living in a Wealthy Nation

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

Something to celebrate

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

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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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