Thinking inside the box: the Balkans as construction

“I can’t stand it anymore”, I hear a friend complain, “This constant need to label us as the Balkans , whatever that’s supposed to mean.” And she is right to grumble, because somehow everyone is talking about it and at the same time nobody: The Balkans. The term brings back memories of the Balkan Wars and not often it …

A shining star for Europe – Is German leadership of Europe desirable or necessary?

 Henry Kissinger is put on the table as soon as an EU debate shifts towards the question of leadership. Whether he actually said it or not – Kissinger is remembered for the complaint that there is not one number to dial straight to the head of Europe. And even though the Lisbon Treaty introduced the …

Learning from (national) history for a (European) future

>>>Diesen Text lieber auf deutsch lesen? Hier entlang! I tend to be careful not to draw a quick comparison between a nation state and the EU, especially when corresponding state is Germany; the country which is disliked by many for its dominance in Europe. Still, I am, as a German, of all countries most familiar …

Learning from (national) history for the (European) future

>>>Diesen Text lieber auf deutsch lesen? Hier entlang! I tend to be careful not to draw a quick comparison between a nation state and the EU, especially when the corresponding state is Germany; the country which is disliked by many for its dominance in Europe. Still, I am, as a German, of all countries most …

About dangerous people in the European refugee crisis

A few days ago an acquaintance messaged me on facebook intending to warn me since he expected my pure heart to be poisoned by propaganda. He apparently had notices my blindness and described himself as caring enough to point my misled views (again) into the right direction. Trigger for this event was the current European …

Can Germany be a moral leader in Europe?

Yanis Varoufakis, the former Greek minister we all know very well, has recently published about the moral leadership of Germany. Considering happenings from EU politics in summer 2015 it surprises how he finds almost praising words for the country whose Minister of Finance, Dr. Wolfgang Schäuble, has put so much effort in dictating Greece what to …

Tackling the problem of inequality in Europe: A report on unequal Europe

2015 is an important year for development.  The Millenium Development Goal Agenda, which was introduced in 2000 with ambitious goals to reach within 15 years, should be fulfilled. It is the sad truth that development worldwide has not come as far as it was desired. On the contrary increasing gaps in societies become apparent. This …