The exotic appeal of chicken-shaped egg cups

How I came to discover East Germany: Musings from a naïve Western German.

Lessons from Scotland

By choosing to stay in the Union, Scots probably did the right thing. But did they do it for the right reasons?

Specters of the past

For Slovakia, European Union membership seemed like the holy grail. But the country's ills merely hide behind this shiny new surface.

An Uneasy Journey

Ten years after joining the European Union, many Czechs are deeply skeptical of it. But the disenfranchisement was mostly caused by domestic politics.

Ten Years Later

On the 1st of May, it will have been ten years since many formerly Communist states joined the European Union. But while this step was universally heralded as the end of long a transition towards democracy, the current picture is more nuanced: Many of the hopes associated with accession to the EU ha

Europe, a love story

Slovenia's entry into the European Union was filled with pomp and ceremony. But things quickly turned sour.

First as tragedy, then as farce

Europe is putting up a brave front after the watershed election, but now it has to face the bitter reality.

Europe at the Polls

The upcoming elections to the European Parliament will determine whether Europe is moving towards an ever-closer union or drifting towards a fragmented and estranged region. We want to address the pressing questions and background issues of this watershed election.

An Elusive Dream

While Americans have always rallied around their country in times of crisis, Europeans have abandoned the dream of a united Europe.

Very Old World

European foreign policy in Syria has failed. Has Europe become powerless on the world stage?

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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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