What are the roots of Europe, of the occident?
The successes were astounding; the world sometimes looked enviously and sometimes ignorantly at the nations of Asia, especially those of the East and the Southeast. After the experience of various pandemics, swine flu, Sars and Mers, these countries were able to achieve considerable successes and show the West in particular its shortcomings. Now, however, they… Continue reading The Model Pupils under Pressure
Two developments are currently damaging the social and moral foundations of the West. The first is the liberal market faith of the conservatives, which began its triumphant march across the Western world and beyond from Great Britain in the 1980s and is commonly referred to as neoliberalism. The second is the adaptation of this worldview… Continue reading The new Barbarism
The moment Angela Merkel announced her resignation as party leader of the CDU, a number of politicians put themselves in position to aspire to the post, and with it, of course, the chancellorship. Five candidates stood out, Ursula von der Leyen, Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer, Friedrich Merz, Markus Söder (for the CSU) and, of course, the Union's… Continue reading Merkel’s Successor
The European Union often tries to present itself as one of the major players in world politics. As a counterpart to China and Russia, as an equal partner to the United States of America. Yet there is little to suggest in recent years that this self-assertion is justified. The European nations, and above all Germany,… Continue reading The powerless World Power
The Levant, the mankind-old space between the continents, between East and West, between all the different powers trying to build their fortune in this region, may be a hint to the future of mankind, more than it is a mirror to its past. But what do I mean by that? As Philip Mansel wrote in… Continue reading The Future of the Levant-Spirit
Great Britain is currently going through a period of upheaval, and it is far from certain whether the state will remain as such. In 2014, a referendum was held in Scotland on the country's membership of the United Kingdom. The result was relatively clear in favour of the Remain camp, but the approval rate for… Continue reading A country is breaking up
When nationalism gained importance as an ideology in the 19th century, many of its representatives saw themselves as fighters for freedom. The starting point was the aristocratic Europe of hereditary monarchies, combined with the remnants of feudal rule and the triumph of capitalism. The aristocrats were not overly tied to their nation or the people.… Continue reading Against Europe – For Freedom?
Debates about exiting the EU or at least the Eurozone have been with us for a good decade. Grexit was the first option considered in view of Greece's horrendous debts, but it was prevented at the time with a lot of money and a lot of pressure. The Brexit was much more turbulent, was finally… Continue reading Dexit becomes an issue