Cut the string!

If we want to go from Little England back to being Great Britain, we must leave the EU. But it’s people like John Major and other fake Europhiles who keep us tied to a weak and crippling Union.

Ill at ease

The Pegida movement is on the rise in Germany. What do those self-declared “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident” want and what does their existence mean for Merkel’s government?

Let’s talk, Pegida!

The flat condemnation of Pegida is hysterical. Modern democracy means dialogue.

Innocently German

The claim of the Pegida movement – “We are the people” – isn’t just objectively wrong but also dangerously seductive.

The Greek Tragedy

The Greek people must be bold enough to refuse any further austerity. Not only for their sake, but also for the sake of European democracy.

Close to the edge

Greece may sleepwalk itself out of the eurozone. With a general election looming large, all political parties are positioning themselves with empty promises and overheated rhetoric.

The Other Truth

History is written by those who emerge victorious. The legacy of those who don’t is dependent on the good will of the ones left standing – and whatever eulogies they are prepared to deliver.

25 years later

The Berlin Wall is a thing of the past. But has the idea of it completely disappeared – or is there still a Wall left in our minds and in our perception of the world today?

Chopping down the woods

The EU has not been created complex for complexity’s sake. But the painful truth of the European Union is that it might be exactly the complexity of its institutional structure that allows it to work.

“Generation German Unity”

It’s up to the post-reunification generation to debate which lessons from the Nazi and GDR experiences should be passed down.

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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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