The battlefield in Europe's front yard

It all began as an internal Ukrainian crisis in November 2013, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for greater integration with the EU. Now it has turned into a war. How will it play out?

Rewriting History at the Yasukuni Shrine

The Yasukuni Shrine memorializes Japan’s war dead, including WWII-era war criminals. For this reason, it has always been a controversial memory site. A much greater problem than the shrine itself, however, is the revisionist museum attached to it.

Rescuing the Enlightenment from the Europeans

The Enlightenment ideals of cosmopolitanism and hospitality are nowhere to be found in today’s European border policy. The escalating migrant crisis makes this clearer than ever.

An elusive dream

The shooting of Michael Brown has sparked widespread protest against police brutality and racial profiling. 50 years after the passing of the Civil Rights Act and 6 years after President Obama’s hopeful vision, Ferguson shows us quite plainly how little has been achieved when it comes to battling

With or without them

The UK is not an obstacle to harmony and stability. It is the EU integrationists who generate economic and democratic instability.

Why Marxism fails in the Eurozone

Yanis Varoufakis dubbed himself an “erratic Marxist” and presented his interpretation of Marx in detail. But his dialectical spirit is unlikely to succeed.

One man to rule them all?

A failure to defend Ukraine’s sovereignty will feed the Kremlin’s appetite for military adventures and jeopardize the geostrategic stability of the European continent. Why are the EU's leaders unable to make a real stand against Putin?

The same tired arguments

Despite his conservative critics, Obama's opening to Cuba is as significant as Nixon's opening to China in 1972. The arguments against this step forward just don't pass muster.

Back to normal

President Obama seeks to strengthen his historical legacy by reaching out to Cuba, but can he succeed where Presidents Ford and Carter have failed?

A white rose for the Cuban people

The U.S. embargo of Cuba is less a political issue than a humanitarian one. The Revolution is ending, and the U.S. must be present to help the Cuban people choose their future freely.

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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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