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A Tribute to Lee Kuan Yew

On the 23rd of March this year, Asia lost one of its most peculiar leaders: Lee Kuan Yew, the very first prime minister of Singapore. This man, who was known for his seemingly totalitarian regime was nevertheless a dearly beloved and admired leader among his citizens. Through Western eyes it seems a strange paradox to have a population bound by ... Read More »

Why Tröglitz matters

On the eve of Easter Sunday a house went up in flames in the small village of Tröglitz in East Germany; the result of an arson attack. The building was supposed to accommodate 40 refugees from May onwards. This particular incident is illustrative for a change in German politics. Its implications might ultimately be felt in all of Europe. The ... Read More »

Cameron Dubbed Winner of First General Election Debate – but Did He Really Win?

“Hell yes, I’m tough enough. I stood up against the Leader of the Free World!”, Labour leader Ed Milliband responded firmly against the allegations that he might not be tough enough to run the UK, referring to his outright disapproval of British involvement in the bombing of Syria. Struggling to properly answer the hosts questions about his economic policy plans ... Read More »

Escalation of Violence: ECB Opening in Frankfurt

More than 10.000 people filled the streets of Frankfurt for a peaceful protest on Wednesday, in regard to the event of the European Central Bank unveiling its new headquarters in the financial hub. As prior to the opening announced Blockupy, the organizer of the demonstration, an alliance of anti-capitalist social movement groups proclaimed mass actions to disturb the opening. Those ... Read More »

Xi’s Fight Against Corruption: A Hoax?

Corruption in China has been a longstanding truth that remains today. In 2013 the PRC was ranked 80th out of 178 countries in the Transparency International’s Corruption Preceptions Index. Since the 1980s widespread surveys have been carried out to the public and have shown that corruption represents one of the top concerns of the general public. However, as China has ... Read More »

Farewell Pepe! The Legacy of the World’s poorest President

Guerrilla fighter, MP, Senator, Minister and eventually President of Uruguay – José “Pepe” Mujica’s life has been more than eventful. The floriculturist that nowadays occasionally appears shaved and in a shirt but still without tie, has during his presidency given way to progressive and courageous, though contested, reforms that have catapulted Uruguay towards one of the most liberal countries in ... Read More »

“The road to power is paved with hypocrisy, and casualties.”   – Frank Underwood

Finally, today is the day of the release of the third season of the so far very successful political thriller and drama series House of Cards. In the third season we can look forward to follow ruthless and coldly calculating Francis Underwood on his further paths of intrigue, blackmail, bargaining and sole pragmatism. Always with a sole aim: the increase of power. ... Read More »

BOOK REVIEW: Hard Choices by Hillary Clinton

  Hillary Clinton’s autobiography on her experiences as American Secretary of State under President Obama can primarily be characterized as patriotic and a political work in preparation for Clinton’s second run for the U.S. presidency. Without neglecting mistakes made in the past by US officials, Clinton observes the world she lives and operates in. She does so as is requested ... Read More »

Re-Assessing the Balance of Power

In keeping with our heritage and principles, we do not use our strength to press for unilateral advantage. We seek instead to create a balance of power that favors human freedom: conditions in which all nations and all societies can choose for themselves the rewards and challenges of political and economic liberty. George W. Bush, September 17, 2002 The significance ... Read More »

A Wind of Change Coming Up in Europe: Greece and Spain Turning Left?

The victory of radical-left party Syriza in Greece appears to have driven fresh wind in the sails of left-parties across Europe. This makes centre-right head of governments throughout Europe now shudderingly turning their eyes on Spain’s upcoming elections in the end of the year, in which Podemos, the Spanish counterpart of Syriza, may lastingly alter not only Spain’s, but also ... Read More »