Europe’s Far Right

Right-wing parties have expanded their voting base throughout Europe: Geert Wilders in the Netherlands, Jimmie Akesson in Sweden, the FPÖ in Austria. What unites them is the abandonment of classical nationalism and the exploitation of popular fears.

Farewell To A World Of...

Critics of Islam such as Geert Wilders, Henryk M. Broder and Ayan Hirsi Ali fell silent when people in the Islamic world stood up for democracy. The revolutions unhinge the world view of Europe's right-wing populists. They have no answer to the changing landscape and Islamic emancipation.

Us Against Them...

The far right uses Christianity as a tool to differentiate between “us” and an Islamic “them”. However, this try to draw ethnocentric boundaries around Europe will fail because there is no more ethnic, religious or cultural homogeneity among the states in Europe than there is outside. It is

The Search For Meaning...

The threat of "islamization" has helped right-wing parties to power throughout Europe. They try to forge nativist alliances by exploiting demands for identity. Europe needs to find a positive definition of its identity, not one based on a populist fear of Islam.

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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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