Austerity in Europe

Years of austerity have left their mark on Europe: budget deficits have shrunk, reforms have been delayed, and the social costs of cuts are increasingly visible.

EU CO2 standards for t...

The EU-Parliament and the Council reached a provisional deal on new CO2 emission targets for heavy-duty vehicles. Until 2030 emissions from new trucks have to be 30 % lower compared to 2019 emission level. The EU said it is an opportunity for the manufactures to embrace innovation. For the industry,

Less free market, more...

Recently I read two seemingly contradictory ‘letters to the editor’ in a daily paper, I frequent regularly: "We always claimed that the boom of the East is really happening in the West," a citizen from Wittstock in Brandenburg wrote. A reader from a city in North-Rhine-Westphalia, on the other h

Impoverished Living in...

The German teacher Friedrich Froebel founded an educational establishment in the East-German Keilhau, Thuringia, about two hundred years ago. His credo at the time: “Children shall not be safeguarded or indoctrinated, but shall happily grow in the sunlight, gain strength and develop.” And 200 ye

Something to celebrate...

The possibility of a “Europe” worth dreaming of was saved, for sure. But Europe didn’t save itself. Greece took a bullet for the rest of us.

Why Marxism fails in t...

Yanis Varoufakis dubbed himself an “erratic Marxist” and presented his interpretation of Marx in detail. But his dialectical spirit is unlikely to succeed.

Lessons from the crisi...

We Europeans face a historic choice: either we further develop Europe as a single political entity, or we recede from the limelight.

A new Volkspartei...

After his overwhelming success, the big question is how good a diplomat Mr. Tsipras is.

Bad romance?...

This Sunday the Greek electorate will cast its vote hoping to elect a government that will take the country out of a crisis that has lasted too long, has cut too deep and has spread too far. The radical leftist party Syriza stands a good chance to win – in part because it is riding on the populist

The Greek Tragedy...

The Greek people must be bold enough to refuse any further austerity. Not only for their sake, but also for the sake of European democracy.

Close to the edge...

Greece may sleepwalk itself out of the eurozone. With a general election looming large, all political parties are positioning themselves with empty promises and overheated rhetoric.

With Fists in Their Po...

In Greece, news of a return to economic growth is more or less meaningless to those thoroughly affected and thoroughly angered. Politicians should focus on repairing people's lives, not on GDP growth.

A Shadow Of Its Former...

Greek society has been radically transformed by years of austerity and cutbacks. It is now decaying before our eyes – and it's pulling the country's democratic system along into the abyss.

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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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