Presidential Elections in France

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 point in domestic politics but would have consequences for the rest of Europe.

A Nasty Break-Up...

Sarkozy's call for a European referendum on fiscal questions are bound to alienate the German chancellor. But for the future of the EU, the move could prove crucial: It signals that the EU is more than a technocratic leviathan anchored in Berlin and Paris, and squeezed into administrative offices in

Talking The Talk...

The French election signals a turning point in the debate about Europe: François Hollande's victory would open the field for fiscal politics that are not dependent on the squeeze of austerity measures.


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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