Europe’s Regions

A separatist party is gaining ground in Belgium and Scotland has a nationalist government. While the EU concentrates power in Brussels, regional centers are emerging as well. The message: regional identities remain important even as transnational cooperation expands.

The Engine of Swiss Li...

There are only about 50.000 people left who speak Raeto-Romanic. But this language is more than a relict from a museum: It is still highly topical as an expression of local culture and the engine of Swiss literature. Especially in the age of globalisation it has an important anchor in the region of

Madrid's Heavy Hand...

The right to self-determination is a concept that aggravates Madrid more than a red cloth aggravates a Spanish bull. Whoever wants to anchor it in the Spanish constitution is by default a sympathizer of the radical group ETA. That view is shortsighted. The renunciation of violence can lead to peacef

Tales from the Shire...

The German federal government is relinquishing power to the EU in Brussels. Yet encouraged by the success of regional autonomy movements elsewhere, Bavarians want to bring politics back to Southern Germany - and closer to the people.

The Highlanders' Way...

The Scottish National Party is governing from Edinburgh. Their central aim: independence from England. But this does not necessarily spell doom for the UK. Instead, we might see the emergence of new forms of partial sovereignty.


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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