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Speakers’ Corner

10.02.2016
- Languages: de
Faced with the looming terrorist threat from the self-proclaimed Islamic State (ISIS) attempts throughout Europe are being made to reclaim “our own identity.” While the whole conception of war between equal nation states is questioned in the era of international terrorism, the logic of national identity does seem to experience a comeback.
05.02.2016
- Languages: de
The spirit guiding those who initiated and negotiated the TTIP agreement involved a very strange conception of democracy: trade was elevated above the real values and aims of the EU and its member states. Trade interests predominate in policy related to agriculture, environment, consumer protection, energy and resources. They influence the provision of public services, the negotiation of contracts, and even the legislative process.
01.02.2016
In Europe consensus has broken down and conflicting visions of society have returned. Traditional centre-left and centre-right parties are forced today to join forces through grand-coalitions or republican pacts in order to ensure governability or keep insurgent parties at bay. A radicalism of discourse has returned, denouncing the status quo as a sham and a scandal. We should welcome this change.
22.01.2016
For a long time, liberal political theory has been obsessed with drawing boundaries between the decent and the indecent, the mainstream and the fringe, the acceptable and the unacceptable. The assumption was that if the radical right is clearly recognized as such, labelled, and sequestered into its corner, it can do no real damage. The only real challenge is to recognize it in time.
30.12.2015
- Languages: de
In 1543 Andrés Laguna, a prominent physician, presented a Latin address in which he referred to a woman who had come to him for medical assistance: "A woman came to me who looked to be in a very bad way: she was weeping uncontrollably, sorrowful, pale, her arms and legs were injured, even beaten, her eyes were vacant, she was shockingly wasted." The woman was called Europa, and she told Laguna of her sufferings.
27.12.2015
Since the attacks in Paris in mid November, I have observed with increasing incredulity the inability of statesmen in the Muslim and non-Muslim worlds to formulate convincing and coherent responses to the crises that they face.
21.12.2015
- Languages: it
From a philosophical and political-science point of view, the elections offer an occasion for reflection on how democratic the translation of the number of votes into seats is, and on the endless debate on the ‘right to self-determination of the people’, as well as on the concept itself of the people.
18.12.2015
- Languages: es
The European observer who struggles to understand the Catalan question might take comfort in knowing that in Catalonia some of us don't actually understand what's happening either, and grasp still less about the reasons behind it.
14.12.2015
- Languages: it|fr
Universal hospitality today is the triumph of the democratic paradigm: everyone is equal, and everyone is protected by the shield of the generous European democracy. In this picture, however, there is a limit: not all of Europe acts the same when it comes to the principle of hospitality.
11.12.2015
- Languages: de
The Dublin Agreement is a manifestation of a power imbalance within the EU that undermines the basic principles of solidarity, burden-sharing and equality between member states. This pathological state has to be replaced by measures that correspond with the original values of the Union.