Socialist memories and a never-ending transiton: fuel for populism and conflict

Hardly anyone reflected on the official beginning of the Eurasian Economic Union’s work on January 1st, having Russia, Belarus, Kazakhstan and Armenia as their members and expecting Kyrgyzstan to join in May 2015. Considering these countries as too distant, in fact, the economic potential of this union and the impact of its development bank are […]

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Die Grexit-Debatte verstärkt Pegida

Manchmal ist das Timing einfach schlecht. Während in Deutschland die ganzen lokalen Bewegungen „gegen die Islamisierung des Abendlandes“ weiterhin Demonstrationen im ganzen Land planen, finden im von der EU stiefmütterlich behandelten Griechenland am 25. Januar die Parlamentswahlen statt. Diese Wahl verursacht eine gewisse Nervosität, da die radikal-linke Partei Syriza gute Aussichten darauf hat, die meisten […]

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Today’s decision makers don’t understand tomorrow’s employees

Only yesterday I found myself on the “Digitising Europe“ Summit in-between CEOs and managers of companies like Huawei, Intel and IBM among others, politicians, journalists and decision makers from the public sector. The Vodafone Foundation had organised the event and the ambitious goal was to debate about opportunities in digital business for the future generation […]

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Inequality – Again Part of the Public Debate?

Inequality has been an issue in many different spheres – regardless if speaking about human rights, social mobility and access to education or global economic inequality between developed and underdeveloped countries, we see concerning dynamics emerging from too big gaps of distribution of goods, rights, economic capacity, etc. Nevertheless, inequality hasn’t been perceived as a […]

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TTIP – where is the civil opposition?

The negotiations about the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the USA and the European Union are floating like a shadow through media and political debates. Characteristically for a shadow is a blurred shape, which changes its location depending on the light source and it cannot be completely grasped. This metaphor is reflecting exactly […]

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Human trafficking in Copenhagen – obvious but invisible

I had just arrived recently to Copenhagen and firstly didn’t notice anything special when I was waiting in Istedgade – a street on the backside of the central station – on a Saturday night after a party for some friends. Shiny lights, many young people laughing and hopping from bar to bar, holding cans of […]

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Gute Nachbarschaft? Warum wir Polen so schlecht kennen

Spricht man über unseren französischen Nachbarn, scheint es stets so, als wüssten alle Deutschen, wie es im Land aussähe und wie die Menschen ticken – selbst wenn man nie vor Ort war. Der gute französische Wein, die Romantik in Paris, die feine Küche und die charmanten Kavaliere sind schnelle Assoziationen, die man mit dem Land […]

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Data shows why Bulgarian protests did not succeed

Bulgaria’s citizens are protesting for more than a year already and the unsatisfactory passivity of the politicians perpetuates the movement. Still, people are hoping to achieve the desired change and the end of corrupt structures in politics and economy and reinforce social policies to fight poverty and inequality in the country. Nevertheless, only minor steps […]

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„Outside“ perspective – quo vadis Europa?

Quo vadis Europa? Europe is still debating about the success of the far-right and populist parties, the reasons for the low turnout at the European elections and the question, if Jean-Claude Juncker might become the President of the European Commission. The blurred fight of the key players about the future of the EU, leaves currently […]

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„Mehr Europa“? Eindrücke vom Europäischen Gespräch in Brüssel

2014 ist bereits das siebte (!) Jahr der europäischen Finanz- und Bankenkrise, allerdings wird dieses Jahr vielleicht auch ein Jahr der Veränderung. Die Europawahlen stehen an und zum ersten Mal gibt es keine Drei-Prozent-Hürde in Deutschland – eine Chance für europakritische und nationalistische Parteien. Marie Le Pens „Front National“ ist ein Frankreich auf dem besten […]

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