Democracia Real Ya

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 continue. But the most important question is still without a definite answer: Can the Democracia Real Ya movement reshape Spanish politics?

Dreamers on the Puerta...

The Spanish political system has been marked by dullness and corruption. Already, the protests have cracked the surface of stagnation. But a bigger question remains: Can the anger be channeled into concrete demands and sustainable change?

We, The people...

The conservative victory in Spain is no victory for the Partido Popular. While Zapatero has suffered from the economic downturn, both major parties are perceived as stagnant und unwilling to serve the people of Spain. It's time for politicians to start listening.

The Wikirevolution Mus...

The #spanishrevolution sent shockwaves through a political class that is both blind, alienated and increasingly self-absorbed. And it aspires to move its struggle for transparency and participation onto the international sphere.


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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