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By debates - 5. 10. 2017

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By debates - 20. 09. 2017

For millennia, man has been fascinated by the idea of global apocalypse. We're now able for the first time to develop preventive and defense technolog...

By debates - 3. 09. 2017

Religiosity is on the decline throughout the West, and church attendance has never been lower. But can atheists ever hope to replace religious institu...

By debates - 13. 08. 2017

The historic opening of US-Cuban relations marks a major reversal of cold war era policies that maintained sanctions on undemocratic nations. Was it ...

By debates - 30. 10. 2016

Charitable giving is seen by some as an integral part of the human condition, a reflection of our empathy and compassion. Yet charity is practiced dif...

By debates - 18. 06. 2016

Great Britain and the EU are drifting apart. A majority of Britons now believes that EU membership has become a burden rather than a benefit. How much...

By debates - 10. 02. 2016

European migrant crisis engages the european societies....

By debates - 1. 07. 2015

Warfare is no longer relegated to the battlefield. Through hacker attacks, viruses and system shutdowns, nations around the globe are using the intern...

By debates - 25. 06. 2015

The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) would secure Euro-American trade dominance. Or bring about Europe's neoliberal demise, depen...

By debates - 8. 06. 2015

America has long been a car-centric country, but there is growing demand for alternate means of transportation. Walking, cycling, and public transport...

By debates - 25. 05. 2015

It all began as an internal Ukrainian crisis in November 2013, when President Viktor Yanukovych rejected a deal for greater integration with the EU. N...

By debates - 22. 05. 2015

Our nations and communities invest significantly in commemorating and memorializing the tragic events of our past. We hold events to mark anniversarie...

By debates - 19. 03. 2015

The shooting of Michael Brown has sparked widespread protest against police brutality and racial profiling. 50 years after the passing of the Civil Ri...

By debates - 16. 03. 2015

The price of admission in American Universities and the crippling student debt for those who can't pay only exacerbate the growing wealth inequality g...

By debates - 31. 01. 2015

The West’s response in the fight against Ebola was sluggish at best. What lessons need to be learned in order to prevent such crises and help the co...

By debates - 28. 01. 2015

The GOP controls U.S. politics but seems weaker than ever before: no leading figures, internal rivalries and division currently characterize the party...

By debates - 22. 01. 2015

The Pegida movement is on the rise in Germany. What do those self-declared “Patriotic Europeans against the Islamization of the Occident” want and...

By debates - 26. 12. 2014

Too thin, too big, too tall, too small: we are permanently trying to transform our bodies. But corporeal improvement doesn't equal happiness. ...

By debates - 19. 12. 2014

Anually TIME Magazine selects its “Person of the year”: a person, group, idea or object that “for better or for worse… has done the most to in...

By debates - 2. 12. 2014

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 percep...

By debates - 18. 11. 2014

Five years after the outbreak of the Eurozone crisis, the economy is picking up only slowly. Stagnating growth rates and the specter of a further rece...

By debates - 11. 11. 2014

In case of an unwanted pregnancy, what should be considered more important: the woman’s right of self-determination or the unborn’s right to live?...

By debates - 30. 10. 2014

If the Western intervention against the Islamic State (IS) wants to be succesful, there is no way around Bashar al-Assad and his regime. But the line ...

By debates - 16. 10. 2014

A global war is raging but it is not one fought with weapons but with words. States go to great lengths to influence the official narrative of a confl...

By debates - 28. 09. 2014

The Scots have decided stay in the Union – if only by a hair. Yet, the Scottish referendum will cast its shadow over British politics. How will West...

By debates - 21. 07. 2014

"The car has become an article of dress without which we feel incomplete", Marshall McLuhan once said. But what if oil prices continue to rise, and ci...

By debates - 7. 07. 2014

Brazil hosts this year’s football world cup, but instead of samba and cheers, the streets are filled with protesters and their chants. Will the demo...

By debates - 18. 06. 2014

In 1967, the Beatles sang “All you need is love”. But does this still hold true? We rationalize and optimize every single aspect of our lives but ...

By debates - 5. 06. 2014

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 her...

By debates - 2. 06. 2014

Never since the collapse of the Soviet Union has there been a more convincing time for a renaissance of communist theory than today. From Graeber to ...

By debates - 28. 05. 2014

Art and politics have always had a symbiotic way: politics produces the substance and fabric of art, and art delivers political vision and guidance. T...

By debates - 26. 05. 2014

The upcoming elections to the European Parliament will determine whether Europe is moving towards an ever-closer union or drifting towards a fragmente...

By debates - 9. 05. 2014

What future for International Climate Politics? While sea levels rise, nations dispute over how to avoid the pending climate calamity. But will it be ...

By debates - 30. 04. 2014

In the run-up to the European elections, populists from the Left and Right are portrayed as irrational lunatics set hard on wrecking the EU from withi...

By debates - 16. 04. 2014

The copyright on Adolf Hitler's racist autobiography "Mein Kampf" expires in 2015. From then on, anyone will be free to republish the infamous book. S...

By debates - 9. 04. 2014

Promoting and protecting LGBT rights benefits not only homosexuals but society as a whole. By fostering the rights of homosexuals, we can increase fre...

By debates - 6. 04. 2014

The situation in Ukraine proves that geopolitics is still a reality in Europe. Will Russia’s behavior prompt a new cold warfare, or can the West tam...

By debates - 21. 03. 2014

More and more people live in urban areas and cities are still the prime catalysts of national economic well-being. Building new and efficient cities h...

By debates - 24. 01. 2014

Economic powerhouses like South Africa or Nigeria prove that the African continent is on its road to rapid economic growth. Six out of the world’s t...

By debates - 31. 10. 2013

Today, anything can be patented. Apple has protected the hand swipe for the iPad, Monsanto slapped its label on a type of potato, even genes are now p...

By debates - 17. 10. 2013

The balance between privacy and transparency has reached a tipping point. Transparency might be desirable but we will have to pay a heavy price for it...

By debates - 25. 09. 2013

A new European proposal would make it easier for municipalities to privatize vital water services. But market logic doesn't always mix well with human...

By debates - 29. 08. 2013

It feels like a political version of the movie "Groundhog Day": Another country, another occupation, another outpouring of public anger. But what can ...

By debates - 26. 08. 2013

Changeover of power in Tunisia, unrests in Egypt, reform promises in Jordan and Yemen - the Middle East witnesses radical change. But the way into dem...

By debates - 22. 08. 2013

Data is the economy's new oil. Companies collect and analyse vast troves of data and make profit out of our personal information. As with every new ec...

By debates - 28. 07. 2013

The world of employment is rapidly changing. The traditional 9-to-5 job is on its deathbed and processes like automation and digitalisation are shapin...

By debates - 11. 07. 2013

The European currency has come under criticism. Troubled economies are threatening the stability of the rest of the Euro zone. Do we want more Europe ...

By debates - 26. 06. 2013

As teenagers, we were indebted to our parents. Now we're indebted to big banks. Social bonds have turned into economic chains. It's time to reclaim th...

By debates - 15. 06. 2013

Energie transition is a costly business. Not every country can afford to shut down its nuclear plants, as Germany has done after Fukushima. Experts fr...

By debates - 14. 05. 2013

The economic crisis has not undermined our potential to reinvent ourselves. Around the world, scientists and entrepreneurs are working on technologies...

By debates - 5. 05. 2013

A separatist party is gaining ground in Belgium and Scotland has a nationalist government. While the EU concentrates power in Brussels, regional cente...

By debates - 2. 05. 2013

Superb cognitive abilities, longer lives, artificial limbs - around the world, scientists are working on technologies that would allow us to transcend...

By debates - 1. 04. 2013

A century ago, the journalist Arthur Bremer assembled some of the most creative minds of his time to discuss the future a hundred years hence. Today, ...

By debates - 22. 03. 2013

The Italian elections have tossed the country into political and economic turmoil. Eurocrats, populists and nationalists from the Old Guard are united...

By debates - 18. 03. 2013

Five years after the advent of the crisis, it's time to shed outdated economic paradigms. Four international experts explain the ideas we have to leav...

By debates - 7. 03. 2013

Social media has shaped revolutions, and revolutions have redone the media. Two years after the Arab Spring, journalists reflect on how their work has...

By debates - 3. 03. 2013

Hollywood has avoided political apathy. Many of the films that dominated this year's awards season – "Zero Dark Thirty", "Argo", "Lincoln", "Django ...

By debates - 15. 02. 2013

Benedict XVI has become the first pope in modern times to resign – with substantial consequences for the papacy and the Catholic Church. ...

By debates - 31. 01. 2013

Around the world, news organizations are struggling to adapt to a digital environment. Can 2013 yield profitable solutions? ...

By debates - 18. 01. 2013

The idea of a multipolar world has dominated international relations since the end of the Cold War. But is it still an accurate description? New devel...

By debates - 20. 12. 2012

Russia is drifting to the right: Under Putin's leadership, the country is abandoning global integration in favor of controversial and unilateral polic...

By debates - 23. 11. 2012

Man is a rational being in pursuit of personal interests - at least that is what classical economics teaches us. But policy-makers are increasingly us...

By debates - 11. 11. 2012

Online dating promises to take the angst and frustration out of the mating process. But do only courtships really result in romantic love? ...

By debates - 6. 11. 2012

Let's assume that Obama wins in 2012. Four years later, the presidency will be up for grabs once more. For an Asian-American conservative and a Hispan...

By debates - 15. 10. 2012

The worst months of the crisis are behind us. But the situation remains tense: unemployment is high, the Fed is pumping more money into the markets. H...

By debates - 24. 09. 2012

The fate of the Euro will be decided in Fankfurt and Berlin. But what do the other countries think of Germany? Are they willing to become more like Ge...

By debates - 13. 09. 2012

The trial and verdict in the "Pussy Riot" case reveals that precarious state of Russia's democracy, and the increasingly weak position of president Pu...

By debates - 10. 09. 2012

A small cut for a man, a giant issue for society: Male circumcision pits advocates of religious freedom against secularists and activists of children'...

By debates - 27. 08. 2012

E. L. James’ softporn novel "Fifty Shades of Grey" is highly popular among women. If that's the pinnacle of lust... good night, sexual emancipation!...

By debates - 9. 08. 2012

While the London Olympics get underway, several sports are fighting for inclusion in the Olympic calender in 2020. ...

By debates - 8. 08. 2012

Syria and Iran highlight the limits of traditional diplomacy, Russia seems immune to criticism in the UN Security Council. According to the White Hous...

By debates - 9. 07. 2012

One year ago, South Sudan celebrated its inaugural independence day. Yet peace has remained fragile, and further development elusive. ...

By debates - 15. 06. 2012

Germany, Canada, Turkey - they are all hedging their bets on China's economic might. But the combination of Western capitalism and homegrown party pol...

By debates - 6. 06. 2012

Billions have been spent to fight the "war on drugs", and millions have been imprisoned for dealing drugs like marihuana. Now, advocates of containmen...

By debates - 26. 05. 2012

According to the European Broadcasting Union, the Eurovision Song Contest is apolitical entertainment. This year, it is held in Azerbaijan, a country ...

By debates - 13. 05. 2012

75 percent of Europeans are Christians, and 60 percent consider themselves religious. But what happens when two worlds collide, and science tries to e...

By debates - 30. 04. 2012

The rising role of money in politics is undisputed - this year, more than one billion dollars will be spent during the US presidential campaign. But w...

By debates - 21. 04. 2012

The presidential election highlights social divergencies within the United States. As the middle class evaporates, pragmatism becomes the law of the l...

By debates - 5. 04. 2012

Substantive democracy is a precious good. In the West, we struggle to respect elementary civil rights - and countries like Egypt or Libya are tasked w...

By debates - 3. 03. 2012

In France, the presidential elections put the legacy of Nicholas Sarkozy on the line. A victory for François Hollande could signal not only a turning...

By debates - 21. 02. 2012

No other ethnic minority is Europe faces as much discrimination as the Roma population. Their culture is alien and unknown to many, but their numbers ...

By debates - 29. 01. 2012

Truth - we all claim it, we all strive for it, we all defend it. But what does it mean? Religious claims to transcendental authority? Or merely the su...

By debates - 25. 01. 2012

Men are polygamous, women are caring - at least if we believe evolutionary psychologists. But how much of our identity is determined by nature? And to...

By debates - 20. 01. 2012

In March 2003, Operation Iraqi Freedom commenced. More than nine years later, the last US combat troops exited the country. They left behind a fragile...

By debates - 13. 01. 2012

Plastic, food, paint, pencils - the production of all types of goods requires the use of massive amounts of water. The consequences are often all to c...

By debates - 7. 01. 2012

Nuclear disarmament has stalled worldwide. Two decades after the end of the Cold War, up to 20,000 nuclear weapons still exist in military bases aroun...

By debates - 2. 01. 2012

What a year! The Arab Spring, Germany's rejection of nuclear energy, the crisis in the Eurozone, a plagiarism scandal. As the year winds down, our sta...

By debates - 22. 11. 2011

Around the world, occupations have sprung up (and have been evicted in turn). The European looks at the movement, its aims and the road ahead. ...

By debates - 15. 09. 2011

Israel and Palestine have been uneasy neighbors ever since the Israeli state was created in 1948, and they have been engaged in peace negotiations sin...

By debates - 8. 08. 2011

A widespread famine is ravaging Eastern Africa. Yet increasing evidence points to the fact that such shortages are man-made. Political leaders use foo...

By debates - 22. 06. 2011

The Spanish youth has taken to the streets - and they refuse to go home. Two weeks after the election, the tents have been removed by the protests con...

By debates - 15. 06. 2011

Facebook has been valued at 60 billion dollars by Goldman Sachs. Tweetdeck was acquired by Twitter for 40 million. Silicon Valley companies pay millio...

By debates - 29. 04. 2011

Events in Fukushima continue to illustrate the dangers of nuclear power. Technological progress requires us to examine the moral dimensions of energy ...

By debates - 15. 03. 2011

Every year, Western nations export small arms and large weapons systems to countries around the globe. Tight export regulations are designed to preven...

By debates - 1. 03. 2011

Right-wing parties have expanded their voting base throughout Europe: Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Jimmie Akesson in Sweden, the FPÖ in Austria....

By debates - 25. 02. 2011

The idea of a twitter-revolution is catching on -in Tunisia and Egypt. Social media are changing the information flow and help to bypass monopolies of...

By debates - 14. 02. 2011

More and more economists demand that GDP should not be the sole parameter for the calculation of economic growth. The alternatives? Bhutan's "Gross Ha...

By debates - 24. 01. 2011

Again, Wikileaks has begun to publish tens of thousands of confidential documents. A service to democratic ideals - or a vital threat to international...

By debates - 21. 01. 2011

From the proverbial "main street" to the chambers of Congress: The story of the Tea Party movement puzzles many. But success comes with a price tag. P...

By debates - 14. 01. 2011

The World Bank and the International Monetary Fund portray themselves as the stabilizers of the international market and the distributor of aid. But t...

By debates - 1. 01. 2011

Despite international efforts and vast monetary resources, the spread of HIV has yet to be stopped. Even the immediate steps are controversial: should...

By debates - 5. 12. 2010

Around the globe, cities are growing at a remarkable pace. Especially in developing countries, rural-to-urban migration is creating new administrative...

By debates - 28. 10. 2010

Even a few years ago, the thought of self-sustained living might have invoked images of fringe activism. But advances in biofuels and solar technology...

By debates - 18. 10. 2010

We are increasingly linked to global social networks. But what if someone decides to go offline - or if groups are somehow unable to participate in th...

By debates - 6. 10. 2010

Everyone is looking at Afghanistan, Iran and Iraq. But these conflicts are neither isolated from a larger context nor unique in their disruptive poten...

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